The potential benefits of MSM are extensive. MSM is an organic form of sulphur, the 3rd most vital nutrient in our body. In fact, 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, so supplementation with a reliable product could be potentially, extremely beneficial.
Most of us have heard of MSM’s benefits in reducing or eliminating muscle soreness and cramps in aging patients and in athletes. It is well known that combined with the regenerative capabilities of glucosamine and chondroitin, MSM is proving to be a substantial player in the treatment of arthritis and other degenerative joint diseases. This powerful trio is now recognized as pivotal to any anti-arthritic regimen.
MSM’s role as a molecular transporter is fascinating. It moves important nutrients to damaged cartilage and tissues, aiding in the control of the degeneration and pain of arthritis. The very small MSM molecules can pass easily through the skin and most tissues, enabling them to bind and escort sulfur atoms to their appropriate functional sites. Because of the many proteins, catalysts and enzymes which require a sulphur component in order to perform their specific jobs, a continual supply of sulphur must be provided to insure the ‘normalizing’ of these physiologic activities.
Research is proving MSM to be beneficial in many new ways. MSM appears to inhibit allergic reactions. Because it increases cellular permeability and reduces water pressure in cells, toxins and potential allergens can 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 beneficial 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 should be taken every day in order to sustain therapeutic levels; generally, at least twice a day for a total daily dosage of 1000-3000mg. Our bodies require a consistent source of sulphur in order to maintain its myriad of activities in a healthy manner. Supplementation with sulphur cannot help but be beneficial and should be considered important to every healthy regimen.