Summary of Citric Acid
Primary Information, Benefits, Effects, and Important Facts
Citric acid is a compound that, in the body, is created for production of cellular energy via the TCA cycle. Supplementation with it has not been shown to increase energy levels as enough is made by the body.
It has an alkalinizing effect on the body when ingested and has been shown in a limited amount of studies to exert some protection against calcium loss in post-menopausal osteroporetic women.
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Things to Note
Citric Acid is non-stimulatory.
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Recommended dosage, active amounts, other details
Alkalinizing effects of Citric acid supplementation have been shown in high doses of 0.1g/kg bodyweight, which is 8.2g a day for a 180lb person.
Table of Contents:
Overview and Significance in the body
Citric Acid and Acidity/Alkalinity
Other effects of Citric Acid
1Overview and Significance in the body
Citric acid is an intermediate in the Citric Acid Cycle (TCA, or Kreb's Cycle) in the mitochondria and is synthesized in the first step via the combination of oxaloacetate and Acetyl-Coa via Citrate Synthase (to produce Citrate). It is the first step of the TCA cycle, but not the rate limiting step (which is the decarboxylation step of isocitrate dehydrogenase, or step 5).
2Citric Acid and Acidity/Alkalinity
Citric acid is commonly supplemented as an aims to reduce body acidity, it has once been hypothesized that an acidic diet leeches alkaline minerals from bone to counteract changes in body acidity, thus reducing bone mass (as most minerals deposited in bone are alkaline in nature).
In regards to bone metabolism, one study found that low (0.72g) and high (2.16g) dose potassium citrate supplementation has not been shown to have a significant effect on reducing the effects of osteoporosis and the loss of bone turnover in and of itself although it seems to be able to ameliorate calcium losses induced by a high sodium intake. Another short-term study, using much higher doses (0.1g/kg bodyweight) found beneficial effects on bone metabolism as judged by urinary excretion.
3Other effects of Citric Acid
Like ascorbic acid (vitamin C), Citric acid may increase iron bioavailability. However, it is much less potent in this regard.
Scientific Support & Reference Citations
The molecular physiology of citrate
Curr Top Cell Regul. (1992)
Some structural and regulatory aspects of citrate synthase
Int J Biochem. (1984)
Wachman A, Bernstein DS.
Diet and osteoporosis
Macdonald HM, et al.
Effect of potassium citrate supplementation or increased fruit and vegetable intake on bone metabolism in healthy postmenopausal women: a randomized controlled trial
Am J Clin Nutr. (2008)
Potassium Citrate Prevents Increased Urine Calcium Excretion and Bone Resorption Induced by a High Sodium Chloride Diet
Marangella M, et al.
Effects of potassium citrate supplementation on bone metabolism
Calcif Tissue Int. (2004)
Teucher B, Olivares M, Cori H.
Enhancers of iron absorption: ascorbic acid and other organic acids
Int J Vitam Nutr Res. (2004)
(Common misspellings for Citric Acid include citic, citrc, citrik, acd, asid)
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"Citric Acid," Examine.com, published on 11 December 2012, last updated on
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