A body made up of healthy, flexible cells not only feels better, it looks better too. The body continuously works replacing old, worn out cells with new ones. The process goes on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, non-stop. When the raw materials needed for cell-building are available, it is a very efficient process. When deficiencies are present, new cells may be weak and rigid.
An overview of MSM
One of the most important raw materials for building healthy new cells is a form of organic sulphur 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. Sulphur makes up 0.25% of human body weight and approximately half of the total body sulphur is concentrated in the muscles, skin, and bones. MSM is present in some fresh fruits, vegetables and grass fed meat. However food processing, mineral soil depletion and reduced consumption of fresh produce has lowered levels in our body. Thereby increasing the need to supplement MSM and boost cellular levels. The new cells become 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.
Conditions That Have Reportedly Responded to MSM Supplements
- Candida Yeast Infections
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Chronic Fatigue
- Digestive Disorders
- Fragile Hair & Nails
- Migraine Headaches
- Muscle Pain & Cramps
- Skin Damage & Aging
- Toxic Build-up
Did you Know?
MSM is not a medicine, a drug, or a food additive. It is a food. MSM is an organic form of sulphur 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 odour like DMSO. MSM is even given to racehorses before a race to prevent muscle soreness, and afterward to reduce the risk of cramping. When taken with glucosamine, a key substance in the process of rebuilding cartilage, It provides further anti-inflammatory benefits.
MSM can make you look youthful and strengthens hair, skin and nails
Sulphur 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. Therefore MSM provides the sulphur 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 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 sulphur family, should never be confused with sulpha drugs to which some people are allergic.
How to supplement?
MSM supplements are available in powder, tablets and capsules: click here to see the range.
You can also find it combined with hyaluronic acid to keep skin looking healthy and youthful and the hyaluronic acid also lubricates the joints.
Up to 2000-4000mg a day can be tolerated and usually the dose is divided throughout the day. I take 1/4 teaspoon of Now's MSM powder several times a day to boost my own levels and that gives me 1000mg a day. So a powder may be easier to take than tablets and capsules. Choose a form convenient for you.
Disclaimer: Do not take any chances if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Doctors don't know enough about the safety of MSM in these circumstances.
Interactions: There doesn't appear to be an interaction between MSM and medications, herbs, supplements, or foods.
Article by Sonal Shah. Sonal is a nutritional therapist and director of Synergy Nutrition®.