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OM-X Contains over 400 organic acids


In chemistry, the word “organic” simply refers to a molecule that contains a carbon atom. It does not refer to farming practices or foods where we traditionally hear this term. “Organic acids” are produced by various microbes, found in foods, or made by our own bodies through the metabolism of food molecules, nutrients, neurotransmitters, or toxins. They are not necessarily fixed in one state but readily changed and transformed as they influence, and are influenced by, various enzymes within cells. For example, doctors may look for homovanillic acid in the urine to assess dopamine levels in the body, which may be helpful in cases of suspected Parkinson’s disease.


Now that we understand the chemical terminology for both the terms “organic” and “organic acids” let’s dive into why they are important. Organic acids may be tested to gain insights into how the body is functioning – nutrient levels, hormone function, and even the state of the microbiome which are immensely important for understanding our overall health. Today we’re going to stay focused on a handful of organic acids with known roles in improving and supporting our well-being.

Some organic acids to note that are highly beneficial to human health are those that are nutrients themselves such as; Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and amino acids: which create proteins and neurotransmitters, and fatty acids themselves. Ascorbic acid is a well-known antioxidant. This means that it moves through our body looking for molecules that have been damaged by oxygen, and fixes them by neutralizing the oxidation. A slice of apple exposed to air will turn brown as it oxidizes, however, a squirt of lemon juice on it will prevent it from discoloring thanks to the antioxidant vitamin C in lemon juice.

Credit to: Dr. Miranda Wiley, ND