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DESCRIPTION Methylsulfonylmethane, abbreviated MSM, is an organic sulfur-containing compound that occurs naturally in a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains and in animals, including humans in at least trace amounts.
MSM has also been found in such plants as Equisetem arvense, also known as horsetail. The biological role of MSM, if any, is not known. MSM is a metabolite of dimethyl sulfoxide or DMSO (see Dimethyl Sulfoxide). It is believed that some of the possible effects of DMSO could be attributed to MSM.
MSM is a water-soluble, solid compound. It is also known as dimethyl sulfone, DMSO2, sulfonylbismethane and methyl sulfone.
Claims for MSM include pain relief, particularly in arthritis, immune modulation in autoimmune disorders, muscle repair, sleep aid and diabetes therapy. There is no credible evidence to support any of these claims. There is very preliminary research suggesting some possible MSM anti-cancer effects.
PRECAUTIONS: MSM should be avoided by pregnant women and nursing mothers.
ADVERSE REACTIONS: Reported adverse reactions include nausea, diarrhea and headache.
MSM comes from the evaporation of the waters of the Oceans, into the rain clouds, and then is present in the rain itself. If you water your garden with rainwater, then MSM will be present in the produce of your garden. If you water your garden with water from only your faucet, then no MSM will be present in your produce.
MSM should be present in all the produce we consume, however it is easily destroyed by any heat, or processing of foods or water treatment plants. Therefore finding MSM in our readily available foods is getting harder to do. The half-life of MSM is only 12 hours when consumed within the body. Therefore supplementation with MSM should be repeated both morning and again in the evening.
Our bodies require the element sulfur for many of its functions. Sulfur is a component of the proteins necessary for the formation of skin, hair, nails and muscle. Sulfur is also a component of bones, teeth and collagen (connective tissue). Sulfur is integral in the formation of bile acids by the liver and insulin by the pancreas. It is the fourth most plentiful mineral in the body and it essential for life. MSM, short for methylsulfonylmethane, is an organic form of sulfur readily absorbed and utilized by our bodies. MSM is composed of 34% bio-available sulfur, making it the richest source of organic sulfur available. MSM is a safe, natural, assimilable food, which assists the body in maintaining adequate sulfur stores. MSM may support the body in regulating insulin production, improving skin smoothness and elasticity, regulating environmental and allergic sensitivities, enhancing bowel function and liver detoxification, and enhancing respiratory function.
MSM serves two very important processes within the body.
Some of the excess MSM you consume will flush out of your body in about 12 hours, taking with it many toxins. It is involved in the cellular makeup of the cells walls of any of the new cells your body creates. Our bodies are constantly making new cells to replace old cells. As new cells are created, the MSM is incorporated into the polypeptide bonds that make up the cells walls. The result is the creation of cell walls that are more permeable to nutrients. It is like comparing backpack nylon material to cheesecloth. Cells walls without MSM will be very impermeable to nutrients while cells walls with adequate MSM will be very permeable to nutrients.
The sulfur within MSM is responsible for the flexibility and elasticity of skin. When sufficient MSM is present, the skin is softer, smoother and more flexible. Tests conducted among laboratory animals indicated that wound healing occurred faster with a group receiving MSM plus vitamin C. Based on this information, MSM has been used to enhance skin wellness, improve scar formation and to assist in skin health in teens prone to acne.
There is considerable anecdotal evidence that MSM promotes reduction in allergic symptoms in individuals with environmental allergies and sensitivities. Dr. Jacobs, who has utilized MSM in research at the Oregon Health Sciences University, reports improved allergic responses with the use of MSM.
Sulfur is extremely important component of Glutathione, the amino acid integral in phase 2 liver detoxification enzymes. Adequate levels of this sulfur-based amino acid are necessary for the liver to perform its detoxification role. Supplementation with MSM may promote improved liver detoxification.
General improvement in overall joint mobility is seen with the use of MSM. Reports have noted improvement in pain and inflammation associated with arthritis and gout. It is postulated that this is due to sulfur enhancement of the sodium-potassium pump, allowing improved fluid flow and removal of cell toxins with reduction of pain and inflammation. One study at Oregon Health Sciences University found that animals that were given MSM showed no degeneration of cartilage associated with rheumatoid arthritis. Studies in human volunteers with arthritis showed a 60 percent improvement in pain after taking 2.25 grams per day of MSM for four weeks. After six weeks, the improvement rate rose to 82 percent.
MSM has been purported to enhance lung function by regulating the fluid that covers the airway surface of the lungs (surfactant) and decreasing inflammation. It has been used to decrease airway reactivity in asthmatics. One study showed that MSM increased lung capacity in a group of patients with emphysema.
Parasitic infections and gastrointestinal health:
Animal studies suggest that MSM may help lessen parasitic, microbial and fungal infections at levels of 750 to 1500 mg. daily. MSM probably works by competing for receptor sites on the mucous membrane surface thereby blocking parasite adherence.
MSM Injury Formula
Speeds up the Injury Recovery ProcessAssists Nutrient Cell Transport which increases the ability for injured tissue to absorb important nutrients required for the recovery process.The increase in key nutrients Speeds the Injury Recovery and improves the chance for injured tissue to repair with more strength.
Increases Growth of Cells which also improves the speed of recovery and may also work to make the injured tissue repair stronger. Often used for Arthritis Patients
MSM improves the cells ability to absorb nutrients which helps increase the ability for growth and get injuries healed.
MSM Description:Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is a metabolite of dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO). DMSO is a well-known solvent which is often used topically for its analgesic (pain-killing) and anti-inflammatory properties. MSM is chemically related to DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide), which unlike MSM, however, DMSO is a chemical solvent. DMSO was found to cause a range of adverse reactions and is no longer approved as a supplement.
MSM for Pain Relief and InflammationApproximately 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 causes inflammation. (1)
MSM has shown a remarkable ability to reduce or eliminate muscle soreness and cramps both in geriatric patients and in athletes. 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 help to relieve pain and assist in repair of worn or damaged cartilage in joints, ligaments and tendons and replace with healthy, flexible new cells.
MSM BenefitsRelief of arthritis pain and stiffness Increases growth hormone synthesis Stimulation of immune function Support of connective tissue integrity (hair, nails, skin)
Conditions That Have Reportedly Responded to MSM SupplementsAcne, 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
Methylsulfonylmethane is a dietary supplement form of sulfur that is found in our living tissues. MSM supports healthy connective tissues like tendons, ligaments, and muscle and is important in conditions such as arthritis, muscle pains, bursitis, and more.
MSM is a naturally-occurring nutrient found in normal human diets and gets into the diet through the sulfur cycle from the ocean to the ozone where ultra-violet light makes MSM and DMSO (DMSO, dimethyl sulfoxide, is a precursor to MSM) returned to the earth via rain. Plants then concentrate MSM and return it to the earth and the sea. Evaporation results in the continued process.
MSM 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. Sulfur is present in all cells" and is in the form of sulfate compounds with sodium, potassium, magnesium, and selenium.
MSM is considered very safe when used as a dietary supplement. In rats and dogs, toxic effects are reported only for extremely high doses – which would equate to well over 200 grams per day for an average-sized man.
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