The Benefits of MSM
What is MSM?
MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) is an organic sulphur-containing compound that’s used to improve immune function, lower inflammation and help restore healthy bodily tissue. The reason so many benefits are attributed to the MSM is because it provides biologically active sulphur, which is the fourth most plentiful mineral in the body and needed for many different critical bodily functions every single day.
Some MSM Benefits
Treats Osteoarthritis and Joint Pain
It helps decrease joint inflammation, improves flexibility and restores collagen production. Research shows that many patients with arthritis, joint pain, stiffness, knee/back problems and a limited range of motion experience a reduction in symptoms and improved quality of life when taking an MSM.
MSM is beneficial for helping the body form new joint and muscle tissue while lowering inflammation that contributes to swelling and stiffness. MSM is a natural and effective anti-inflammatory because of how sulphur impacts the immune system and facilitates normal cellular activity. Sulfur needs to be present for our cells to release many by-products and excess fluids that can accumulate and cause swelling/tenderness.
Improves Digestive Problems Like Leaky Gut Syndrome
MSM can help rebuild the lining of the digestive tract and lower inflammation/allergic reactions to certain foods. It’s also useful for healing leaky gut syndrome since it can help stop particles from leaching out the gut through small junction openings, where they can enter the bloodstream and ignite an inflammatory response. This is due in part to the sulphur in an MSM supplement, which is important for digestion.
Additionally, MSM seem to help treat haemorrhoids. Applying a gel containing MSM along with tea tree oil can reduce pain and swelling caused by haemorrhoids (swollen blood vessels of the rectum that make it hard to go to the bathroom without pain or bleeding).
Reduces Muscle Pain and Muscle Spasms
If you are regularly active but suffer from muscle pain MSM can act like a natural analgesic, helping prevent and treat muscle aches and pains, throbbing and swelling while improving range of motion and mobility. It’s been shown to help muscle recovery after exercise, injuries and even surgeries — and it seems to be especially beneficial when used in conjunction with other anti-inflammatories.
How does MSM stop muscle pain? It comes back to the role of sulphur in the body, which is largely stored inside tissues that make up our muscles and joints. MSM helps repair the rigid fibrous tissue in our muscles that become broken down during exercise, therefore helping prevent them from swelling for prolong periods of time. This means less time needed for recovery, plus reduced pressure, soreness and cramps. Some other MSM Uses?
Some of the most common uses for MSM include treating:
bursitis, tendonitis, the development of scar tissue and
other musculo-skeletal pains
allergies and asthma
constipation, ulcers, upset stomach, indigestion
PMS symptoms (cramps, headaches, water retention, indigestion)
high blood pressure
How MSM Supplements Work
The diets of our ancestors likely provided a high amount of sulphur—since sulphur is found in animal parts, vegetables and many fruits—but today many people lack these foods in their diets and therefore might be low in sulphur. We all have sulphur present in our bodies, but our sulphur levels can drop as we get older, when we’re stressed and if we normally eat a low-nutrient diet.
While many different “whole foods” supply sulphur—foods like cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, etc.), eggs—the catch is that some of their natural sulphur can become destroyed when the foods aren’t very fresh, they’re processed or are cooked at high temperatures. One of the differences between sulphur as we usually think of it (DMSO) and MSM is that MSM is odourless and tasteless (which is why you’re spared the strong smell that can be produced when eggs or veggies.
One of the most notable attributes of MSM is that it helps accelerate healing and “detox” the body by improving how chemicals enter and leave our cells. MSM essentially makes cells more permeable, releasing certain built-up minerals that can cause problems (like calcium,for example), heavy metals, waste and toxins, while also helping usher in nutrients and water. This helps keep us hydrated and lowers inflammation, which is the root of most diseases. MSM also stabilizes cell membranes, improves the body’s antioxidant abilities, slows or stops leakage from injured cells and scavenges hydroxyl free radicals.
Using MSM is tied to better immune function, accelerated healing and reduced pain because it helps counteract certain by-products (like lactic acid) that contribute to the feeling of soreness, stiffness and inflexibility. This is one reason why some athletes and very active people choose to use MSM to improve recovery time, performance, the process of rebuilding new, healthy muscle and joint issues. Just as important, MSM’s sulphur plays an important role in the production of
glutathione, considered to be a “master antioxidant” and an important agent for detoxification.
Fixing the cause
not just treating the symptom !