MSM is more than just a vitamin; it is a vital nutrient. The 3rd most prevalent component of our bodies, it is vital to life. MSM is an organic form of sulphur and sulphur is so essential to life that it is found everywhere, in every cell in every plant and animal on the planet. And, although it is available in foods we eat: meats, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, most of it is lost in the processing. And because we need so much of it, the net result is that most of us are sulphur-deficient. Supplementation with a reliable product is, therefore, extremely important.
MSM has proven remarkable in reducing or eliminating muscle soreness and cramps 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 is proving to be a substantial player in the transport of important nutrients to damaged cartilage and tissues, aiding in the control of the degeneration and pain of arthritis.
In order to be effective, however, all three of these, like vitamins, need to be taken every day. Generally, however, in order to keep therapeutic levels up in the blood, they should be taken at least twice a day for a daily dosage of 1000-3000mg.
MSM is also important to healthy hair, skin and nails. Supplementation may actually offset the effects of wrinkled, dry skin and thin hair; symptoms we think of as aging, but which may reflect our sulphur deficiency. In fact, sulphur as been referred to as “Nature’s Beauty Mineral” because it is pivotal in keeping cells flexible and moist, inhibiting cross-linking and other oxidative damage. MSM provides a good source of sulphur that can help dissuade these most visible signs of aging.
The potential benefits of MSM nutritional supplementation are extensive. Research has shown the possible involvement of MSM in inhibiting allergic reactions. Increased cellular permeability and reduced water pressure in cells, allows toxins and potential allergens to be flushed out more quickly possibly reducing symptoms. MSM has also proved to be amazingly strong against a variety of intestinal parasites such as Giardia, Trichomonas, roundworms, nematodes, Enterobius and other intestinal worms. Sulphur acts to protect the system by binding to the sites where these invaders would normally attach and multiply, allowing them to be swept through the system and out of the body.
MSM is also a potent anti-oxidant and, as a component of insulin, may be pivotal in moderating symptoms of diabetes. It is speculated that if cells are rigid and impermeable to sugar, due to a sulphur deficiency, there may be a build up of sugar in the blood causing a depletion of the pancreas. And, MSM is known to inhibit impulses of pain information traveling along nerve fibers and reduce the symptoms associated with inflammation.
MSM is fast becoming an essential supplement for an aging population. Certainly becoming informed is the basis for making healthy decisions. With new information coming forth all the time, our ability to piece together this complex puzzle called our body is getting easier, giving us new perspectives on how to take responsibility for our own health.