Organic Acids Their Impact on the Body


What are organic acids and why are they so necessary? These issues often arise when organic acids are mentioned on product labels. If organic acids are found in natural foods, their effects on the human body shouldn’t cause any fear for the future of a person’s health.


However, if organic acids take the place as the best supplements the best qualities of ready-made products, it raises some doubts about their beneficial properties.

All substances, including organic acids, should be consumed in reasonable quantities.

Acetic-alkali Balance

Depending on the type, organic acids support the acetic-alkali equilibrium, which affects human health and all the reactions in the body. In addition, they have a disinfecting function, and affect metabolism, etc. By interacting with other substances, organic acids affect the acetic-alkali balance, alkalizing the whole body. As a result, the person’s health improves.

Organic acids give the products a lighter flavor. They are involved in digestion, stimulate the stomach and pancreas, and increase intestine motor function.

An important property of organic acids is body alkalotherapy.

Actually, the human body already has a specific acid-alkaline ratio. It depends on the number of both positively charged particles (ions) and negatively charged ions. Positively charged ions produce an acidic environment, while negatively charged ions produce an alkaline environment. The human body constantly maintains this balance, which is in the range of pH 7.36 - 7.42.

The disruption of this balance leads to various diseases.


Increased acidity in the body (called ‘acidosis’) occurs, when there is a lack of organic acids or fruit and vegetables, but there is an intake of refined carbohydrates and excess meat. Also, increased acidity reduces the efficiency of the absorption of trace elements such as magnesium, potassium, calcium, and sodium. Consequently, there can develop the diseases of the cardiovascular system, kidneys, bladder, as well as low immunity, weight gain, diabetes, osteoporosis, breakable bones, and pain in joints or muscles, due to lactic acid accumulation. This is the so-called oxidative stress, which can lead to cancer.

Drinking alcohol can also create an imbalance in the acid-alkaline ratio, contributing to more acid in the body.

People with diabetes need special care to control their acid-alkaline balance because diabetes can disrupt it.


At a high alkalinity of the body (called ’alkalosis’), there can be poor absorption of minerals, which are needed for the body. This disorder is also harmful for the body, as its well-being worsens. Food is digested slowly. The toxins, which are produced by protein decay, move into the blood. More so, there is a disorder of the liver. In addition to this, the skin suffers. Also, the activity of parasites accumulates, while allergic reactions take place and chronic diseases intensify. Finally, the function of the intestines is disrupted. Regardless of the organic acids used, excessive alkalotherapy can occur when taking certain medications, which containalkaline.

Let’s characterize some organic acids, which are important for the human body.


of Organic Acid

Organic Acid Effect

on the Body


that Contain Organic Acids

Benzoic and salicylic acids


Cranberry, cowberry, pears, plums, cinnamon.

Ursolic and oleic acids

Enlarges venous vessels of the heart muscle; prevents skeletal muscle atrophy during body aging;

contributes to weight loss and the reduction of blood sugar level.

Apple peel, hawthorn fruit, cowberry, pomegranate, lavender herb, raspberry, sandthorn, ashberry.

Uronic acids

(in pectins and gums)

disposes of excess cholesterol, heavy metal salts, radionuclides and ballast products, formed by metabolism; promotes the formation of ascorbic acid in the body.

Many fruits and vegetables, containing pectin.

Succinic acid

(produced in the human body itself)

stimulates the production of a single substance (adenosine triphosphate ATP), which supplies energy to the cells;

stimulates cellular respiration;

reduces hangover;

and is an antioxidant.

Brown bread, cheese, seashells, beets, sunflower and barley seeds, unripe gooseberries and grapes, fermented dairy products, pickled vegetables and fruits.

Using benzoic acid as a supplement to ready-made products forms strong carcinogens, especially when benzoic acid interacts ascorbic acid.

We have described a few kinds of organic acids that are healthy for the human body, although there are many more present in nature.

More often, organic acids are either produced by the body itself or are contained in food, depending on our needs.