The Many Health Benefits of MSM.

January 04, 2018 21 Comments

MSM Overview

Methylsulfonylmethane is a relatively new dietary supplement form of sulfur that is found in our living tissues. MSM supports healthy connective tissues like tendons, ligaments, and muscle. Thus, it is important in conditions such as arthritis, muscle pains, bursitis, etc. MSM should be considered an integral part of any healthcare practice because of its physiological action, indirect importance, and current/future uses.

To understand MSM, some background information is necessary. MSM is a “naturally-occurring nutrient found in normal human diets”. It gets into the diet through the sulfur cycle. Ocean plankton release sulfur compounds which rise into the ozone where ultra-violet light makes MSM and DMSO. DMSO, dimethyl sulfoxide, is a precursor to MSM. MSM and DMSO return to the surface of the earth in rain. Plants concentrate MSM and return it to the earth and the sea. Evaporation into the air results in their return to the earth.

MSM has a unique action on body tissues. It decreases the pressure inside the cell. In removing fluids and toxins, sulfur affects the cell membrane. MSM is an organic form of sulfur, whereas sulfites in foodstuffs are inorganic. Sue Williams states “sulfur is present in all cells” and is in the form of “organic compounds throughout the body. However, sulfur can be found in the body in sulfate forms. It forms sulfate compounds with sodium, potassium, magnesium, and selenium. MSM has a significance because sulfur compounds are found everywhere throughout the body and in nature.

Sulfur has an indirect importance because sulfur compounds play a role in many body organs and systems. Sulfur is in the hair, skin, and nails. Many amino acids, the building blocks of protein, have sulfur as a component. Taurine is a sulfur-containing amino acid formed from methionine. Taurine stabilizes cell membranes. Methionine contains sulfur, detoxifies cells, and is involved in pain relief. Carnitine comes from methionine and transports long-chain fatty acids preventing accumulations of lipoproteins. Many B-complex vitamins interact with or contain sulfur. Sulfur is needed for insulin production.

One current use of MSM is for joint problems, as sulfur is found in and near osseous structures. Sulfur supports healthy muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Arthritic conditions have responded to oral MSM. Some researchers note results from MSM when used for post-exercise muscle pain. MSM normalizes pressure inside cells and removes toxins. Oregon Health Sciences University has conducted arthritis studies with mice. The mice which received MSM had “no degeneration of articular cartilage”. The other non-MSM mice had cartilaginous degeneration. The university has used MSM on over 12,000 patents. Researchers make no claim about MSM as a supplement, but osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, muscle soreness and muscle pain respond to oral MSM.

 

One researcher claims MSM is about as safe as water. One should drink extra water with MSM use. There are other dietary factors to consider.

Avoiding nightshade plants has helped arthritis patients (tomatoes/potatoes / green pepper/eggplant). Biotin and vitamin C help the body assimilate MSM. Biotin and vitamin C are found in fresh fruits. Eating fresh fruits while taking MSM could be helpful.

In addition to arthritis, it may have other future uses. Dr. Stanley Jacob believes,’most people are deficient’ in sulfur. Insulin synthesis depends upon sulfur. Many vitamins require or contain sulfur. Some researchers claim it has many future uses such as in allergies.

A good MSM product is both safe and effective. The MSM source for MSM supplements is often lignin from pine trees. Lignin is a molecule in plants that is part of a plant’s cell wall. Lignin oxidation in oak wine barrels results in the vanilla flavors of wines. The pine tree lignin is an ideal source for a good MSM product.

For those who do not want to take MSM as a supplement, food sources of sulfur are as follows: sunflower seeds, garlic, lentils, soybeans, and yogurt. Persons with kidney problems or recurrent kidney stones may not want to take MSM. Certain renal tubular defects can make a person susceptible to recurrent kidney stones. Other kidney defects include errors of metabolism in which processing of sulfur amino acids is altered. Such persons may wish to avoid MSM.

One thousand to three thousand milligrams per day is a typical dosage range, but some people take well above that amount. This author takes MSM alone.

From the cell walls of pine trees to the cells of the human body, a good MSM supplement can contribute to good health.

Conditions That Have Reportedly Responded to MSM Supplements

    • Acne
    • Allergies
    • Arthritis
    • Asthma
    • Candida Yeast Infections
    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    • Chronic Fatigue
    • Constipation
    • Diabetes
    • Digestive Disorders
    • Fragile Hair & Nails
    • Migraine Headaches
    • Muscle Pain & Cramps
    • Parasites
    • Skin Damage & Aging
    • Toxic Build-up
    • Ulcers

A body made up of healthy, flexible cells will not only feel better, it will look better too. The body is continuously at work replacing old, worn out cells with new ones. The process goes on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, without stop. When all the raw materials needed for cell-building are available, it is a very efficient process. When there are deficiencies, the new cells may be weak, rigid or deformed.

One of the most important raw materials for building healthy new cells is a form of organic sulfur known as methyl sulfonyl methane (MSM). This element is so essential to life that it is found in every cell of every plant and every animal. Sulfur makes up 0.25% of human body weight. However, neither plants nor animals can use elemental sulfur directly. Sulfur is not easily available to living organisms in its inorganic form.

MSM is not a medicine, a drug, or a food additive. It is a food. MSM is an organic form of sulfur that can be easily absorbed and utilized by the body. Although DMSO and MSM are chemically similar, each is unique. MSM is a pure, stable, white crystalline powder without the unpleasant smell or taste of DMSO.  Also, MSM does not give you a strong body odor like DMSO.

Since sulfur is a component of all cells, it is essential that the body has a plentiful supply of this mineral in its usable form. There is a positive synergistic effect on building healthier cells when MSM is taken in combination with vitamin C.The new cells are more pliable and permeable, allowing fluids to pass through the tissue more easily.  Internally this means a more efficient elimination of toxins, a reduction in inflammation and pain – so you feel better. On the outside it shows up as a softer, smoother complexion, stronger hair and nails – so you look better.

MSM for Relief of Pain and Inflammation

Approximately half of the total body sulfur is concentrated in the muscles, skin, and bones. One of the most significant uses of MSM as a supplement is its demonstrated ability to relieve pain and inflammation. When rigid fibrous tissue cells swell and become inflamed, pressure and pain result. Since MSM can restore flexibility and permeability to cell walls, fluids can pass through the tissues more easily. This helps equalize pressure and reduce or eliminate the cause of pain. Harmful substances such as lactic acid and toxins are allowed to flow out, while nutrients are permitted to flow in. This prevents the pressure buildup in cells that cause inflammation.

MSM has shown a remarkable ability to reduce or eliminate muscle soreness and cramps both in geriatric patients and in athletes. It’s even given to racehorses before a race to prevent muscle soreness, and afterward to reduce the risk of cramping. People with arthritis report substantial and long-lasting relief with MSM supplements. Taken along with glucosamine, a key substance in the process of rebuilding cartilage, MSM can relieve pain and help repair worn or damaged cartilage in joints, ligaments, and tendons with healthy, flexible new cells. 

How Does MSM Work?

MSM makes cell walls permeable, allowing water and nutrients to freely flow into cells and allowing wastes and toxins to properly flow out. The body uses MSM along with Vitamin C to create new, healthy cells, and MSM provides the flexible bond between the cells. Without proper levels of MSM, our bodies are unable to build good healthy cells, and this leads to problems such as lost flexibility, scar tissue, wrinkles, varicose veins, hardened arteries, damaged lung tissues, dry cracking skin, digestive disorders, joint problems, and inability to defend against allergic reactions to food, animals, and plants.

MSM is an anti-oxidant that helps to clean the bloodstream and flush toxins trapped in our cells. It is also a foreign protein and free radical scavenger. In order to maintain good health, we need to supplement our diets with MSM, to enable the body to heal itself. The body uses what it needs, and after 12 hours will flush out any excess amounts.

 The Beauty Mineral for Hair, Skin, and Nails

Sulfur has been called nature’s “beauty mineral” because it is needed to keep the hair glossy and smooth and keeps the complexion clear and youthful. It is needed for synthesis of collagen and is prevalent in keratin, a tough protein substance necessary for health and maintenance of the skin, nails, and hair.

MSM is responsible for the flexible disulfide bonds between cells, including those that make up the skin. It blocks undesirable chemical and physical cross-linking or bonding of collagen which is associated with tough, aging skin. Con consequently MSM enhances tissue pliability and encourages repair f damaged skin. If there is insufficient sulfur in the body when new cells are being manufactured, the new cells will be rigid. This rigidity can contribute to cracking, wrinkling, and unsightly scar tissue. When sufficient sulfur is present for new cells, the skin is softer, smoother and more flexible. MSM provides that sulfur.

Acne, including the severe acne rosacea, responds favorably to MSM supplements. Adequate sulfur and vitamin C are also needed for healing. When the body is deficient in these nutrients, the new tissue will be elevated leaving an unattractive, raised scar. Because MSM makes the skin more permeable and pliant, it can also help prevent blistering and promote faster healing from sunburn or wind damage.

With MSM supplements, nails show not only an increase in growth rate but also increased toughness and resistance to chipping and cracking. This effect has been seen both in human nails and horses hoofs.

Allergens, Toxins, and Parasites

Flexible, permeable cells are also important in that they allow toxins, allergens, and foreign substances to be flushed out of the body more easily. When skin cells are soft and permeable, many toxins can be eliminated through the sweat glands, which takes some of the load off the liver and kidneys. While MSM is not a cure for allergies, supplementation may reduce symptoms by allowing allergens to be removed from the body more quickly. Even reactions to insect bites, poison ivy, and poison oak are less severe when the diet is supplemented with MSM. Vitamin C is also synergistic in this application in that it can lower histamine levels.

MSM has also shown amazing anti-parasitic action against Giardia, Trichomonas, roundworms, nematodes, Enterobius and other intestinal worms. When parasites attach themselves to the intestinal lining, they can live, reproduce and rob the body of nutrients indefinitely. MSM blocks parasites by competing for receptor sites on the mucous membrane. When parasites cannot attach themselves, they are simply flushed out of the system.

The same is true with food allergens. MSM coats mucosal surfaces and occupies the binding sites that could otherwise be used by challenging food allergens. It can also bind with offending agents to produce harmless substances which are then excreted from the body. This facilitates normal digestion and assimilation and allows the body to get maximum nutritional value from foods that would otherwise cause a reaction. Individuals who experience an allergic response to certain foods have reported improved or complete tolerance to those foods when they take MSM supplements. Healthy flexible colon tissues along with improved digestion can also relieve constipation.

Diabetes

Sulfur is also a component of insulin, the hormone that regulates carbohydrate metabolism and insufficient sulfur may result in decreased insulin production. It is also possible that a lack of bio-available sulfur would make the cells so rigid and impermeable that they become unable to absorb sugar from the blood efficiently, leaving blood sugar levels elevated. Studies indicate that regular MSM supplements which cause the cell to become permeable could help balance blood sugar and allow the overworked pancreas to return to normal.

Why Supplement?

Since sulfur is present in every cell of every living thing, it might seem that we would get plenty of this essential mineral from dietary sources and should not need supplements, but that may not be the case. Meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy products are the main sources of dietary sulfur, but we have been advised to restrict or remove many of those foods from our diets. Vegetarians, especially those who do not eat eggs, are at particular risk for sulfur deficiency. Plants cells contain sulfur but not in abundant quantities and much of the MSM present in unprocessed foods is lost in washing, cooking or steaming. And, of course, MSM levels decline noticeably with age – doesn’t everything? So, the older you get, the more important it becomes to maintain adequate sulfur levels in the body.

Usage and Toxicity

Due to its positive effects, particularly in maintaining healthy cell formation, 2,000 to 6,000 mg. of supplemental MSM daily is recommended. Of course, the optimum daily dosage of MSM depends largely on body size, age and the nature and severity of any deficiency symptoms you may be experiencing. Since vitamin C provides a positive synergistic it should be taken along with MSM.

MSM ranks in the “extremely low” toxicity category with a toxicity profile similar to that of water. When oral supplements are taken, the body will distribute MSM where it is needed. After about 12 hours, any excess amounts will be flushed out of the body. MSM, a member of the sulfur family, should never be confused with sulfa drugs to which some people are allergic.

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21 Responses

Kathy S. Maoney
Kathy S. Maoney

July 28, 2019

Why aren’t you carrying MSM anymore??

Kathy S. Mahoney

rff
rff

July 28, 2019

i have high levels of potassium and wonder if it is due to me taking a teaspoonful of MSM daily for past 15 years.?

Marilyn
Marilyn

July 28, 2019

I’m amazed!! I broke 2 bones in my hand in August 2017. Off and on I had pain and less the flexibility of my wrist and hand were limited. In April of 2018 I started having pain, constant pain and stiffness in my hand. The intensity continued to grow and in January of this year the pain would keep me awake at night. I would take Aleve and put icy hot creams on but had very little relief. Prayerfully, I knew that there had to be something that my body needed to heal. I started searching the internet and came across articles about MSM. I was amazed, I had never heard of it. I started taking the product around February 15th, the MSM flakes. I have to say when I started the MSM flakes, I took 16 grams a day the first 3 days. I noticed that I was a bit jittery, but I now know that my body was detoxing. But the Good so out weighted the jitters. Within those 3 days my hand and wrist were 98 percent better. The swelling lessened and the pain also. I was amazed. Also I noticed a significant improvement in my vision. I have not been wearing reading glasses now for about 3 weeks. After finding out that maybe I was detoxing at a faster rate than was comfortable for my body, I backed down the 2 week to 8 grams a day and now the 3rd week I am back to 12 grams. a day. Taking my MSM flakes in lemon water helps induce the MSM into my body at a greater rate. Also I don’t mind the taste at all. I also have had issues with constipation and that has being cleared up too. I can tell that my body is more healthy and I just feel more energetic. I have made a solution for MSM eyedrops and MSM spray for my body. Continuing in researching for more information but I believe that this product is a miracle for my health needs.

Sue
Sue

July 28, 2019

is msm safe too take for cancer and how much is safe too take

Debbie
Debbie

July 28, 2019

I take this faithfully! I have been taking organic sulfur crystals for two years now. My hair is thicker, longer, my brown spots are fading, My skin has greatly improved! I have sense of well being like never before! I believe this not only helps physically but mentally as well. I dissolve it in my coffee twice a day about 10 to 12 hours apart. It gives me an energy boost. This is the only way I have found I can take it. Oh and I had the first normal mammogram that I have ever had in 20 years.

Susan
Susan

July 28, 2019

I discovered MSM supplements when I suffered a recent lower back sprain injury from shoveling snow. Severe muscle cramping and pain. These supplements took the pain down by 50% at the beginning. Which is a huge relief when you’re suffering and can’t sit down. I started with 5G per day (5 1000mg pills) and have reduced two weeks later down to 2 pills per day. They apparently help rebuild torn muscle fiber and remove lactic acid build-up which causes significant inflammation. I will never be without these again! Pain killers don’t work.

Nancy Burks
Nancy Burks

July 28, 2019

Has anyone used msm for detoxing heavy metals or systemic candida infection? Believe I have both. Every time I try to take it, I break out into a rash even though I am feeling better. Wondering if it is due to toxins trying to leave through skin. Thanks!

Nancy Burks
Nancy Burks

July 28, 2019

Has anyone used msm for detoxing heavy metals or systemic candida infection? Believe I have both. Every time I try to take it, I break out into a rash even though I am feeling better. Wondering if it is due to toxins trying to leave through skin. Thanks!

Rovina Rice
Rovina Rice

July 28, 2019

I am new to this method of rejuvenated cell building and cleansing, but am willing to give it a try! Thank you for your information. Ms. Rice

Meggan delany
Meggan delany

July 28, 2019

I’m so pleased that people are taking notice of msm.. because I have been a belever for so long.
Thank you for that article it WAS so interesting all on one page..

Maureen McDonald
Maureen McDonald

November 13, 2018

I was looking at a market stall in Darlington selling jewellery. Conversation leaned towards aches & pains. He was very excited & asked me not go anywhere! He brought out a bag of MSM & enfused about how much he was out of pain since taking MSM. I intend to buy some for famly in pain. Hope it helps them .

Roberto Bonilla
Roberto Bonilla

November 13, 2018

10-31-2018. SULFUR information
Browsing through my I Pad, I found informative reading about the benefits of Sulfur MSM.
As I read about the many ways of the MSM ‘s help for many possible uses to help the
body control and regulate it’s distribution.
Thank you.

CLIFFORD BURTON
CLIFFORD BURTON

November 13, 2018

This was a very informative and well written article about MSM’s benefits. It fleshed out my understanding of what it does and how to take it in order to maximize its benefits.

Thanks loads!

End,

Clifford
Sta. Monica

Wendy
Wendy

November 13, 2018

Extremely helpful and intriguing article on MSM , I can’t wait to start taking the MSM , I have extremely bad melasma so am praying it will help and aid in removing this unsightly condition

Peggy koch
Peggy koch

November 13, 2018

Love your information, lm taking MSM for about a month now I feel great I am 74 years old, I do other things that are good for my health also but my sister is taking MSM she is 76 she’s in a nursing home had stroke broken neck and rubbing back sometime back that she called me last night and said she is just feeling really good I was so excited about the good news she’s been taking MSM about the same length of time that I have been taking out. Thanks for your information on MSM

Ravyne Ramirez
Ravyne Ramirez

November 13, 2018

I am pretty sure this is MSM related. I have severe neuropathy in my feet due to chemo and diabetes. I started taking MSM to help with joint pain, but have noticed that since taking the MSM, my feet do not hurt as badly. Whether it is the MSM or not, my joints do not ache as badly now, my hair is growing thicker again and my eyesight has improved, especially night vision. Will keep taking the MSM!

Gena
Gena

September 12, 2018

I have experienced amazing health benefits from taking MSM, along with detoxing over 5 months. I genuinely believe that some can benefit from taking a high quality MSM supplement.

cynthia bayer
cynthia bayer

September 12, 2018

thanks for such a informative article, i’m a senior just looking for info on msm and now i will start using it, thanks to your article i am now sure this is what i’m looking for. thanks again:)

Betty Webb
Betty Webb

September 12, 2018

Been taking MSM for about a year and a half or 2 years. I had back surgery about 9 years ago and have hardware in my back now I don’t take pain medicine for the inflammation that is caused by the hardware, also I have lung problem and it has help my breathing

Alice Widenhouse
Alice Widenhouse

September 12, 2018

When you are talking about human tissue and use the phrase" cell wall", do you mean “cell membrane”? Otherwise, I was enlightened by your article about MSM.

Colin
Colin

July 30, 2018

OMG this is such s wonderful summary and description of MSM. I used to always take it and I ran out of it, I’ve not been feeling very well recently and looked up your article on MSM and remembered all the reasons plus some new ones that MSM may help to restore me to “glowing” good health. thankU

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