What is MSM?
MSM, or Methylsulfonylmethane, is a metabolite of DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide). This compound, an organic form of sulphur that is thought to be crucial for many functions in the body, is a unique therapeutic agent used worldwide in the treatment of many painful and inflammatory conditions. Sulphur-based drugs have been used for many years to combat certain types of illnesses.
In fact the earliest uses for sulphur as a medicine can be traced back to ancient China. As far back as 1955, Robert Herschler made claims that MSM is necessary to combat stress, phlegm, allergies, and digestive problems. In 1999, Dr. Stanley Jacob (The Father of DMSO) wrote a book about his clinical tests on the cellular healing properties of MSM, The Miracle of MSM: The Natural solution for Pain. Since that groundbreaking study, individuals, including professional athletes, have taken advantage of MSM’s long history as a health promoting benefit on healing and a repairing agent in the human body.
MSM and Osteoarthritis
In 2004 and 2006, two small clinical trials focused on possible improvements for arthritis with MSM supplements. Instead of having an anti-inflammatory effect (as pain medication has), MSM seemed to improve the actual condition of the joints themselves. Dr. Jacob had observed that MSM accelerated healing time for cells in vitro, and the rejuvenation process might be enhanced for arthritic joints because of this effect.
MSM and the Immune System
MSM effectively fights inflammations resulting from autoimmune reactions (in which the body’s immune system turns on itself and mistakenly attacks healthy organs and tissue). For example, people who suffer from arthritis often benefit greatly from MSM. Several studies have shown that supplementation of MSM significantly reduces joint degeneration and inflammation. An increasingly common autoimmune disease is Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) which is the most common form of lupus.
Lupus can affect any part of the body, causing inflammation and damage in joints, skin, kidneys, heart, lungs, blood vessels, or the brain. More than 90% of people with lupus have skin rashes, often triggered by exposure to the sun, and about half have kidney and lung problems. Because lupus affects the joints, it is considered a rheumatic (arthritis) disease. A University of Maryland and the Center for Integrative Medicine study concluded that supplementing MSM, at 3,000 mg two times per day, may help prevent joint and connective tissue breakdown.
MSM and Aging
Although testing is still ongoing toward this conclusion, it is logical to believe that a person may feel and look more youthful with the intake of MSM daily supplements. MSM is in male extra plays a crucial role in forming muscles as well as building healthy cells. Research shows MSM is necessary for maintaining the health of connective tissue and is also beneficial in maintaining healthy collagen, which bonds tissues together. Collagen is necessary for maintaining the strength of cartilage, tendons and ligaments.
If MSM rejuvenates cartilage and connective tissues, and aging is largely the degradation of those tissues, it stands to reason that MSM could have a youth-extending effect on the body. Skin, bones, teeth, and hair all need sulphur to maintain integrity MSM has been found to promote joint mobility and when combined with Glucosamine Sulfate, offers a powerful formula for joint health. Recent studies show that MSM offers a natural way to help promote joint comfort.
MSM & Healing
Dr. Jacob’s research on cellular healing made several strong statements about how the body responds to MSM as a healing booster.While MSM fights to relieve the body from pain and inflammation it also, as studies suggest, benefit the healing properties when dealing with; scar tissue reduction, spasms, arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. MSM, as noted, is essential in maintaining the health of connective tissues hence the ability to reduce post athletic fatigue, improve muscle and joint flexibility.
MSM & Diet
MSM can be readily found in many food sources, notably dried apricots, onions, garlic, broccoli, turnips, parsnips, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, cabbage, kraut juice, chicken, nuts, seeds, milk, egg whites, and egg yolks. Sometimes we need more MSM than we get in the food in our diets. Certain dietary supplements, such as AVIDACO’s products ACTIVE Plus PRO is an excellent source of MSM. Adding these to your diet can be very helpful for people who are concerned about their general well-being and longevity.