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MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane)
Other common names:  Dimethylsulfone, DMSO2

MSM is considered an excellent supplement for relieving joint stiffness and backache and for easing the pain and swelling of arthritis and rheumatism, as well as promoting joint mobility and elasticity.  This sulfur compound is also thought to improve the strength and quality of skin, hair and nails; detoxify the body; and provide relief for allergy sufferers, gastrointestinal complaints, lung disorders and migraines.

The information presented herein by Herbal Extracts Plus is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is an organic sulfur compound that can be found in plant and animal tissues, including green plants, vegetables, grains, fruit, fish, meats, poultry, eggs, milk and some algae, and it is vital for the maintenance of sound health.  Although a member of the sulfur family, MSM should never be confused with sulfa drugs, which may produce allergies in some people.  MSM is a metabolite derived from dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO), which, in itself, is said to be wonderfully effective for healing injuries - and also having anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.  The compound is greatly valued as a solvent for industrial purposes, and its medical value appears to come from its ability to transport other molecular substances through cell membranes.  MSM makes the cell wall permeable, allowing water and nutrients to pass into cells and allowing waters and toxins to properly flow out.  The building blocks of the body, amino acids, are all sulfur binders and play a major role in the production of hormones and enzymes, which regulate the body's activities.  MSM supplements are believed to be beneficial for virtually all people, since sulfur's presence is easily destroyed by even moderate processing, including drying or heating.  Because the modern American diet includes a great deal of processed food, the MSM content is either not present at all or included only in miniscule amounts.  According to many studies, our bodies need a constant supply of MSM for optimum health, since sulfur is one of the essential minerals, and MSM provides the sulfur that our bodies require to create a catalyst that absorbs and metabolizes vitamins and amino acids and to synthesize connective-tissue antioxidants and collagen (supporting connective tissue integrity).  Sulfur is also said to disinfect the blood, help the body to fight bacteria and protect the protoplasm of cells; Sulfur deficiencies are associated with gastrointestinal problems, poor immune system, arthritis and rheumatism, memory loss and skin problems.  MSM's efficacy is thought to be enhanced when taken at the same time as vitamin C.

Beneficial Uses:
MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) is widely used to promote joint health and mobility and said to be beneficial for the relief of backache, muscle pain and the pain of arthritis, rheumatism, carpal tunnel syndrome and stiff joints.  It is also said to act as an anti-inflammatory, and because sulfur is considered a major building block for glycosaminoglycans, this is said to play an important role in the maintenance of joint cartilage and connective tissue health (helping to prevent cartilage degeneration).  It is thought that the concentration of sulfur in arthritic cartilage is only about one-third the level of normal tissue, and the sulfur in MSM helps to maintain joint flexibility and elasticity of connective tissue.  MSM's analgesic properties are also believed to relieve the pain of migraine headaches.

Athletes like MSM to relieve muscle soreness associated with sports and exercise.  MSM is said to block the crystallization and buildup of lactic acid, flushing it out of the system, along with other toxins, thus relieving soreness.

With respect to healthy hair and nails, MSM's sulfur helps to form keratin, the tough, colorless protein that is such a vital component in the outer layers of hair and nails, and MSM provides the sulfur necessary to nourish and strengthen hair and nails.

MSM is said to detoxify the body on a cellular level and nourish the skin, because its sulfur component assists in the necessary oxidation reactions in the body and protects against the harmful toxins and the effects of pollution and radiation, thus possibly even retarding the ageing process.  Sulfur is needed for the synthesis of collagen, a principal protein that gives skin its structural integrity.  Moreover, cleansing the system of toxins has been helpful in promoting clear, problem-free skin.

The sulfur content in MSM is said to stimulate bile secretion, thereby helping to stimulate the digestive process, promote gastrointestinal health and the relief of many conditions related to indigestion, including heartburn and upset stomach.  MSM is said to be helpful in cases of GERD because it relieves hyperacidity without disturbing the normal acid-alkaline balance.

Several studies have suggested that MSM may play a role in resistance to stress and stimulation of immune function response, and there have been reports that it has been beneficial in cases of lung problems (including emphysema).  Because MSM helps cell walls become more permeable, taking toxins out and getting more nutrition in, asthmatics and people with emphysema usually experience relief, because the cell flexibility enables more oxygen and nutrition to get inside the cell.

MSM may be helpful for allergy sufferers. An allergic reaction is simply your body's response to something foreign in your system. When foreign invaders and free radicals invade the body, our bodies try to ward off disease or, in the case of allergies, react by sneezing, wheezing, puffy eyes, etc.  MSM, however, helps cells become more permeable, enabling foreign particles to be flushed out of the cells and out of the system and, thus, helping to alleviate the symptoms of allergies.

Pregnant or nursing women should consult a doctor before using any supplements.  Consult a doctor before use if you have allergies to sulfur or if you are taking any prescription medications, including heparin or other blood-thinners, because MSM Nutritional Supplement may have some blood thinning effects. Not intended for use by persons under the age of eighteen.  If you have rheumatoid arthritis or other autoimmune disease, do not stop taking disease-modifying medication.

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