What is MSM?
Methylsulfonylmethane with the chemical formula (CH3)2SO2 is an organic Sulphur compound that is a natural consequence of the earth's rain cycle.
MSM is formed by the sulphur cycle which is the evaporation of ocean water, breakdown of plant matter and weathering of volcanic deposits . It is not man made.
The action starts with the release of sulphur into the atmosphere, where it is converted into an naturally bound form and broken down into DMS, Dimethyl sulfide.
DMS is transformed into a gas and is oxidised into DMSO. This morphs into MSM which concentrates into atmospheric condensation.
MSM then falls back to the earth as rain and is collected and concentrated into the ocean, rivers, soil, plants and so on.
MSM is also known in the scientific community as DMSO2, methyl sulfone, and dimethyl sulfone. It’s a powder closely related to the liquid solvent DMSO Dimethyl sulfoxide.
DMSO (known as a topical analgesic) only differs from dimethyl sulfone by the oxidation state of the sulfur atom.
It’s a white colorless substance and has a crystal-like form with a slightly bitter taste.
Pure activated Sulphur is a vital nutrient to keep our bodies functioning optimally, and remaining youthful and healthy. It is said that MSM could be the cure of up to 97% of known diseases.
Sulphur can be found in certain organic foods, but unfortunately loses its efficacy when heated and cooked.
Interestingly Sulphur is also found in soil, plants and all living organisms, as well as the atmosphere above the ocean and is used as a source of carbon by the airborne bacteria.
It is also present human melanoma cells.
Sulphur, naturally present in the human body, is primarily effective for detoxification, reducing inflammation, and is the forerunner to producing glutathione, the main antioxidant compound in the body.
Research has shown that Sulphur is extremely important to the creation and regeneration of cells and tissue in the body. It’s found in over 150 different compounds within our cells, and is a vital nutrient to the anti-ageing process of the body and skin.
Sulphur promotes production of amino acids, connective tissue in the skin, nails and hair, stimulates enzyme growth, hormone production, and immunoglobulins. It also aids the body in maintaining the perfect PH Balance.
Yes, MSM is found in nature, but only in fractional amounts compared to taking a regular MSM supplement.
If you suffer from a Sulphur deficiency in Sulphur can you will experience uncomfortable symptoms such as stunted growth, fatigue, allergies, weak joints and connective tissue, and a compromised immune system.
Benefits of Taking MSM Supplements Regularly
The ageing process takes quite a toll on the body. It doesn’t only affect the way we look but the way we feel.
Cell regeneration is compromised, natural energy is quickly depleted, mobility is impaired, and cells become rigid, and deformed due to a loss in moisture and vital nutrients.
Supplementing with MSM can greatly improve these processes in the body and make us look and feel much better, drastically improving our quality of life.
- Aids in detoxification and cleansing the liver.
MSM is primarily involved in detoxifying the body. Most importantly it makes cells more permeable, allowing toxic and metabolic waste to be remove from cells. Thus, letting critical nutrients and hydration into the cell.
MSM also dissolves calcium phosphate. Thus, breaking down calcification in the organs, bones and muscle tissue that causes degenerative disease.
In itself, detoxing or cleansing the liver has some amazing health benefits:
- Improves over al liver function
- Improved production in fat burning bile
- Improved fat burning capability resulting in weight loss
- Boosts your immune system
- Breaks down liver, gallbladder and kidney stones and discourages formation of new stones
- Increases energy
- Improves vitality
- Reduce skin conditions such as acne, dermatitis, and psoriasis
Make sure you drink enough water throughout the day to flush out dead cells and toxins and avoid the uncomfortable symptoms caused by detoxification.
- Improves Skin Elasticity and Youthfulness.
MSM stimulates the production of collagen and elastin fibers. It strengthens existing fibers, Improving the skin’s natural support structure. This action helps plump up fine lines and wrinkles, and reduce sagging caused by aging.
MSM aids in moisture absorption of skin cells, allowing skin to be more youthful and radiant.
Combining MSM with Vitamin C powder has also proven to have amazing health benefits and can be used to make natural skin creams and serums.
With the coarseness of MSM it can be used as a great exfoliator to combat dry flaky skin.
Research has proven that regular use of MSM can also treat conditions such as:
- Extreme dryness
- Scalp irritation
- Wind or sunburn
- Wounds, cuts, or abrasions
3.Treats osteoarthritis and alleviates joint pain.
MSM assists the body in creating new joint and muscle tissues.
It decreases inflammatory responses that can increase swelling and stiffness in the joints, and is thus a natural anti-inflammatory.
That alone has numerous benefits to overall health, some of which we’ll name below.
Sulphur also positively impacts and strengthens the immune system and allows for normal cellular activity.
MSM aids in the effective absorption of Vitamins C, B, D, E, and minerals such as Magnesium and Selenium.
It allows the body to utilize these minerals and vitamins more effectively, getting the most out of them
- Improves movability and flexibility of the body.
As mentioned before, MSM supports the absorption of certain minerals and vitamins into the body, and moisture into the joints, positively affecting bones and joints.
It increases flexibility through improved nutrient intake and production of new muscle tissue and permeable skin cells.
It also supports cartilage growth aiding in mobility and flexibility of the joints.
5.Improves digestion and eases bowel movements.
The natural anti-inflammatory effects of MSM can lower risk of food allergies and restore the lining of the digestive tract.
This in turn, improves leaky gut syndrome, and overall digestive health by balancing the body’s natural PH levels (the balance between acid and alkaline in the body).
It can also help cure conditions such as IBS, diverticulitis and chronic constipation.
- Strengthens nails & hair and restores hair growth.
Sulphur strengthens collagen and keratin fibers which are vital for the health and strength of hair and nails.
Regular consumption of MSM will help stimulate the production of new collagen, keratin and elastin fibers and will also add thickness and strength to the hair and nails, allowing hair to grow longer and more lustrous. Nails will also grow longer and stronger.
7.Improves muscle soreness and fatigue.
Again, anti-inflammatory effects of Sulphur reduce pain and swelling that can cause overall tiredness and muscle pain and fatigue.
It also boosts oxygenation in the muscle increasing healing and rejuvenation.
- Accelerates healing.
With the effects of detoxification, cellular renewal, and elimination of byproducts such as lactic and uric acid in the body that cause pain and discomfort, the body is able to heal, and regenerate faster than it normally could.
9.Reduces stretch marks and scarring.
We’ve established that new cells are generated, and collagen and elastin production is improved with the use of MSM.
Therefor damaged skin tissue that would usually result in unsightly scarring and stretch marks, is now reduced through this improved cell turnover and healing effect.
As an added benefit you can use MSM crystals as a scrub on affected areas to stimulate blood circulation and healing to the skin.
- Naturally increases energy levels.
70-80% of the body’s natural energy is dedicated to digesting the food we eat, slowing down all other energy consuming processes such as nutrient absorption, healing, cell regeneration, detoxification and so on.
We know that MSM detoxifies the body and improves the rate at which the body absorbs nutrients, thus allowing the body to focus less energy on flushing out toxins and grabbing the nutrition it can. This also reduces energy utilization to digest food.
In turn, this allows more energy to be available to support other brain and body functions.
- Reduces Inflammation.
Excess weight and toxic build up in and around cells, is due to inflammation of the body.
MSM aids in the removal of waste, caused by metabolic processes, from cells reducing inflammation.
- Manage bronchial asthma.
In general, MSM reduces inflammation in the body. This is also true for the lungs.
Due to this decrease in inflammation, the symptoms of bronchial asthma are reducing if not cured completely.
- Combats liver disease.
Sulphur improves the absorption of selenium in the body which is necessary for the manufacturing of a powerful antioxidant called glutathione.
The increase in anti-oxidants, reduction in inflammation, absorption of nutrients and cleansing effect of the liver, reduces chances of liver cirrhosis, liver stones and other harmful liver related illnesses.
- Reduces chronic pain.
Thanks to the regenerative properties and anti-inflammatory effect of MSM, chronic pain, especially in complex joints such as the knees, elbows, wrists and lower back is significantly reduced.
- Reduces high blood pressure.
Studies have shown that patients with hypertension, have experienced decreases in blood pressure due to the reduction of inflammation in the body.
In some cases, patients have completely relinquished the use of hypertensive medications.
- Fights seasonal and chronic allergies.
MSM can be used as an anti-allergy alternative.
When a foreign compound enters your system, your body can react by producing allergy symptoms. In the long run your body can build up an intolerance to this foreign compound (such as pollen, animal fur, dust, iodine in shellfish and mercury in fish to name a few).
These symptoms are due to the release of antibodies known as immunoglobulin E (IgE) that combat this foreign compound.
With regular consumption of MSM your cells become more permeable allowing it to effectively remove toxins and foreign compounds.
With Sulphur deficiency, cells can harden and become less nutrient and moisture dense, preventing the excretion of foreign compounds and toxins.
This ‘cell- flushing process’ helps reduce symptoms caused by allergies, hay fever, sinusitis and so on, such as runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, coughing, and redness and irritation of the face.
- Increases bone density.
We’ve established that taking MSM aids in the body’s absorption of key nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, selenium etc. These nutrients support key bone health functions and therefore can strengthen bones and make them more dense.
Arthritis is mainly caused due to inflammation of the joints causing lack of mobility, redness and swelling.
Being a natural anti-inflammatory, MSM usage reverses the effects of Arthritis and relieving the pain and discomfort it causes.
- Heals Headaches.
Improved oxygenation in the body relieves headache causing pressure, stimulating the flow of oxygenated blood to the brain. Thus, improving the condition of a headache.
- Lowers bad cholesterol.
It lessons cholesterol build up by dissolving plaque in the vein. It also prevents calcification of arteries.
Further benefits include:
- Prevents the development of scar tissue and other musculoskeletal pains
- Fights yeast infections
- Combats muscle cramps
- combats hair loss
- Reduces nausea
- Reduces hyperacidity in the gut
- Can reduce snoring
- Balanced Hormones naturally
- Heals carpal tunnel syndrome
- Normalizes blood sugar levels
- Fights insulin resistance
- Reduces stress
- Helps to dilate blood vessels
- Increases blood flow through the veins
- Blocks cholinesterase, thus restoring regular bowel activity.
- Changes the cross-linking process in collagen, therefore reducing scar tissue and strengthening the skin
- Speeds up muscle recovery after exercise
- Improves PMS symptoms like cramps, headaches, swelling due to water retention and indigestion
- Aids in significant weight loss, curing obesity
- Heals Tendonitis and bursitis
- Relieves Fibromyalgia pain
- Heals Osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis conditions
- Can prevent Lupus
- Prevents Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Clears Post-traumatic and post-operative pain and inflammation
- Combats Heartburn
- Relieves TMJ
- Cures Infections and inflammation
- Combats Gum disease
- Improves and heals Ulcers
- Heals Temporomandibular disorder
- Boosts Immune health
- Improves collagen synthesis
- Improves cell vitality
- Stimulates quicker healing of athletic injuries
- Improves cognitive function, especially memory and concentration
- Is a Natural blood thinner
- Cures certain bladder disorders like interstitial cystitis
- Heals repetitive stress injuries, Bursitis, tendonitis, or tenosynovitis
- Reduces eye or mucus membrane inflammation
- Cures poor circulation
- Can help heal Scleroderma
- Is an anti-atherosclerotic
- Fights free radical damage
- And even cures a Hangover!
Which Foods Contain MSM?
It is ideal to get your MSM directly from the source IE natural organic foods, however quantities are small compared to consuming it via a supplement.
Minute amounts of MSM can be found in the following foods:
- Egg Yolk
- Leafy green vegetables like Kale, swiss chard and watercress
- Vegetables like: Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Bok Choy, Onions, Alfalfa sprouts
- Fruits like apples and raspberries
- Port Wine
- Tea and coffee
- Raw unpasteurized milk
- Bone broth
- Nuts and Seeds
- Whole grains
- Coconut oil
- Olive oil
- Grass fed meats
- It’s also found in superfoods like: Aloe Vera leaves (excellent for healing when applied topically to wounds and skin irritation) Spirulina, Moringa, Pine Pollen
What Dosage Should I Take?
Depending on the condition you wish to treat, doses may vary.
a Normal dose is a minimum of 500 milligrams of MSM three times daily up to a maximum of 8g. Introduce MSM gradually to your body, with 1 -2 grams per day, and increasing that does as your tolerance improves.
If, however you suffer from osteoporosis and other arthritic conditions or severe allergies, you would want to consume at least 3 grams of MSM twice daily.
For general health benefits, simply begin with 1 teaspoon in 16 ounces of water twice per day and increase your intake to 2-3 tablespoons in 16 ounces of water per day for best results or to treat chronic illness.
MSM can be taken dry and washed down with a glass of water, mixed in water or If taste is an issue, it can be added directly to organic fruit juices or homemade smoothies.
MSM comes in quite a thick crystalized form similar to coarse salt. It can be laboratory produced, and is mixed with other supplements like chondroitin or glucosamine.
It may be easier to dissolve in hot water to ensure MSM crystals dissolve properly.
It’s important to consume 1 full glass of water for every tablespoon of MSM.
MSM can also be purchased in capsule form if that better suits your lifestyle and tastes.
As mentioned before, combining MSM with Vitamin C has boosts the health benefits.
Focus on pure cranberry, orange, Camu Camu berry or lemon juice for the most part.
You can also use pure, vitamin C powder and mix it with MSM and water to form a drink.
What Are the Side Effects?
There are no known toxic side effects for the consumption of, or application of MSM to the skin.
Mainly, side effects due to detoxification effects such as diarrhea, skin rashes, headaches, dizziness, dry mouth, and irritability may occur, however these are fleeting and temporary.
It is important not to consume MSM if you are trying to become pregnant, are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Also avoid MSM completely if you are allergic to Sulphur or any derivative thereof.
MSM is known to be safe when used conjunction with other medications, however it is always best to consult your doctor before adding any new supplements to your regime whilst under physician’s care.
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