As a dietary supplement, MSM has proven remarkable in reducing or eliminating muscle soreness and cramps and arthritis in aging patients and in athletes. MSM supplements are commonly taken in combination with glucosamine and chondroitin as the third member of this powerful anti-arthritic treatment.Combined with the regenerative capabilities of glucosamine and chondroitin, MSM aides in the transport of important nutrients to damaged cartilage and tissues. It is also known to have its own anti-inflammatory activities and can inhibit pain impulses. All these attributes cooperate in controlling of the degeneration and pain of arthritis.
There is some evidence that MSM’s anti-inflammatory attributes can help those with fibromyalgia although the results seem to vary from person to person. Because fibromyalgia is so highly individualized in how it effects patients, it’s difficult to say that MSM is effective in relieving the pain of all sufferers; clearly does not. However, many anecdotal reports are that much of the muscular and joint pain is relieved, perhaps identifying arthritic symptoms as distinct from those associated with the fibromyalgia. It makes sense, however, for a fibromyalgia patient to include MSM or sulfur in some form in their their supplementation regimen, if for no other reason than to start to bring balance to the body and a ‘naturalizing’ to the immune system.
MSM is an extremely important dietary supplement. It is so essential to life that it is found everywhere, in every cell in every plant and animal on the planet. And, although we can obtain it from the foods we eat, most of it is lost in processing, indicating that most of us are sulfur-deficient.
MSM is a transporter molecule, attaching atoms of sulfur and moving them through membranes to areas where they are needed. Because of the many proteins, catalysts and enzymes which use a sulphur component in order to perform their specific jobs, a continual supply of sulphur must be provided to insure these physiologic activities.
MSM is important to healthy hair, skin and nails. It is an anti-inflammatory and contributes significantly to the health of cartilage and relieves the pain and stiffness of arthritis. It is thought to mitigate some allergic reactions by interfering with the binding of allergens that would kick off a histamine reaction. And, it has been shown to have suppressive effect on Giardia and other intestinal parasites, again, by inhibiting their binding and multiplying mechanisms so that they can be more easily washed through the system. And, finally, MSM has an immune normalizing effect, offsetting some autoimmune dysfunction as seen in autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and scleroderma.
As we learn more and more about the activities of essential nutrients, it becomes obvious that each has its role in the over all health of the body system. It is reasonable to think that deficiencies of one or more nutrients could set off a ripple effect of impaired functioning which could lead to compromised health. From this perspective, a wellness approach which provides the body with the nutrients it needs is just common sense. MSM, as one of the most basic of the body’s building blocks, especially in combination with other nutrients is certainly important in any healthy regimen.