Never be confused with bad sulfurs: sulfas, sulfates, sulfites and sulfides, sulfa drugs or DMSO.
MSM does not produce intestinal gas or body odor as other Sulfurs do.
Signs of MSM Deficiency
Slow Wound Healing
Brittle hair and Nails
"The body is in a constant state of repair, but if we do not have all the necessary parts" the body will produce weak, dysfunctional cells."
What is MSM Good For?
Healthy Connective Tissues
Proper Enzyme Activity
Proper Function of the Immune System
Stomach and Digestive Tract Problems
Cell Osmosis and Absorption
MSM Acts as an
Inhibits Muscle Spasms
Increases Blood Flow
Research has shown that MSM is Helpful in
Improving Joint Flexibility
Improving Cell Vitality
Breaking up Calcium Deposits
Reducing Scar Tissue
How much is Safe to take?
MSM is non-allergenic, non-pyretic, and has no interfering or undesirable effects.
You cannot overdose with MSM!
The body will use what it needs and flush out the rest without harm.
Dr. Lawrence has treated more than 1,000 patients with MSM. According to Lawrence,
"It's safer than water."
Patients at the Oregon Health Sciences University who have received oral MSM as part of their treatment show no toxic build-up, even after years of ingesting more than 2,000mg of MSM each day.
It appears that the body uses what it requires and flushes out the rest within 12 hours.
Why is it lacking in our diet?
MSM originates in the ocean and reaches the human food chain through rainfall. It is the prime source of bio-available essential MSM sulfur, which is lost from our food by processing, heating, drying, cooking, storage and preserving.
Without sufficient MSM sulfur in the body, unnecessary illness of varying types may result.
Studies suggest that the level of MSM in the body decreases with aging.
As a dietary supplement, MSM is recommended for neutralizing and eliminating toxins as well as alleviating conditions of environmental and food allergies, pain from inflammatory disorders, gastrointestinal ailments, and infection.
MSM is Critical to the Formation of Connective Tissue of all types
Collagen, Hair, Skin, Nails, Bones, Muscles, Wound Healing
MSM is responsible for the flexible bond between cells, including those that make up the skin. It acts to block undesirable chemical and physical cross-linking or bonding of collagen which is associated with tough, aging skin.
Approximately half of the total body sulfur is concentrated in the body's muscles, skin, and bones.
It is present in keratin, the tough substance in the skin, nails and hair. Sulfur is necessary for making Collagen, the primary constituent of Cartilage and Connective Tissue, but it is also responsible for the conformation of body proteins through the formation of disulfide bonds, which hold connective tissue together. MSM does this in conjunction with vitamins and amino acids, and the process is going on 24 hours of every day. The body never stops making new cells, and this calls for an unceasing supply of MSM and all other essential nutrients.
When cells need replacement and you're not giving your body the right balance of building materials, you start losing flexibility in body cells and start building up foreign proteins and free radicals in both cells and body fluids. MSM insufficiency can result in a diverse array of disorders
Tests conducted with laboratory animals indicated that wound healing occurred faster with the group receiving MSM, but even faster with both MSM and vitamin C supplementation.
"MSM works - that's true,"
says pain expert and assistant clinical professor at the UCLA School of Medicine, Ronald Lawrence, M.D., PhD.
"But how it works ... has not been proven." In a double-blind study of MSM's impact on degenerative arthritis, Lawrence found that patients who ingested 2,250mg of MSM a day for six weeks felt an improvement in their pain reduction by 82 percent, on average.
"I've been practicing medicine for 50 years, and in all those years, I've never seen a substance like this," he says.
Researchers are not sure if MSM is so effective for arthritis because of its sulfur content, because of its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, or because of some yet-undiscovered mechanism.
According to a recent book by Lawrence, Jacob, and Zucker, entitled The Miracle of MSM, MSM can be a natural remedy for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, tendonitis and bursitis, muscular soreness and athletic injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, post-traumatic inflammation and pain, heartburn and hyperacidity, headaches and back pain, and allergies. Unlike aspirin, which offers immediate pain relief, MSM may take 2 - 4 weeks before you have significant improvement. "Except in rheumatoid patients - they've felt differences in just one day, and certainly by three or four days," according to Dr. Lawrence.
"The effects of MSM on rheumatoid arthritis almost mimic that of Cortisone,"says Dr. Lawrence,
"and it's more effective for allergies than antihistamines
without the side effects”
Allergies and MSM
Over 40 million people in the U.S. alone are affected by allergies with reactions ranging from somewhat bothersome to potentially fatal. An allergic response occurs when the body's immune system reacts to otherwise harmless substances we call allergens. Your body produces antibodies to fight the allergens. These antibodies then attach themselves to special cells in the respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts where they eventually explode, releasing chemicals including histamine, a powerful compound that actually causes allergic symptoms. Once our immune system decides that a particular type of pollen is a hostile invader, it becomes "sensitized" to it, and can react with allergy symptoms for years, and perhaps a lifetime.
Allergy symptoms are your body's reaction to something foreign in your system. Symptoms are caused by an antibody called immunoglobulin E, or IgE, a protein that the body produces to fight the foreign substance. When there is sufficient MSM in your system, your cells become more permeable, enabling your body to quickly flush out any undesirable foreign particles. If you body is sulfur deficient, the cell walls become hard and stiff, hindering the flow of fluid through the cell walls. MSM softens the cell walls, allowing allergens, foreign proteins, and any free-radicals to be moved out of your system.
Dr. Earl L. Mindell, R.Ph., Ph.D., recommends allergy sufferers begin taking at least 6,000mg of MSM per day for three weeks and reduce to 3,000mg per day thereafter. Additionally, he recommends people drink more water and increase their intake of Vitamin C to lower histamine levels.
Some researchers are pointing to MSM as the possible explanation for why some cancers go into spontaneous remission. The answer here may lie in MSM's ability to assist in moving free radicals and foreign proteins out of the system.
A study published in 1986 showed that MSM was "effective in the chemoprevention of ... mammary cancers." (Study by Dr. D. McCabe, Dr. P. O'Dwyer, Dr. B. Sickle-Santanello, Dr. E. Woltering, Dr. H. Abou-Issa and Dr. A. James, published in the Archives of Surgery, 12/1986
Burn victim Bill Rich discovered MSM when a veterinarian friend had him try MSM. Bill's skin was flat, purple and leathery, up and down a majority of the right side of his body. After only a few days of taking MSM, Bill noticed an increase in stamina and energy, and, in time an astonishing effect on his scarred skin as it begam to heal, turn pink, and fill in. As of this writing, Bill had little more than a 2 inch section of skin that is still barely detectable after having more than 60 feet of skin graft scars.
When the body replaces old skin cells, if there is a deficiency of MSM, the new cells are stiff and contribute to wrinkling. MSM supplementation helps the body replace bad cells with good, healthy, elastic cells. In time, wrinkles go away. Brown and black spots and skin tumors can be arrested and reversed as new cells replace the "insuffucient" cells.
It is the MSM in Aloe Vera leaves that sooths and repairs skin that has been cut, scraped, burned or damaged. The body then repairs the skin with the proper raw materials. MSM can be added to water, aloe vera gel, and other preparations for application to the skin. Best results are obtained when MSM is applied topically and taken internally.
Emphysema is not always caused by smoking. Horses and dogs get emphysema, and they don't smoke: It is a deficiency of MSM that causes this condition (welding fumes, smoke, etc. are an aggravation), and supplementation with MSM can reverse it. John Booth of Portland Oregon, states: "I worked in the shipyards as a welder down in the hull and smoked 2 packs of cigarettes a day. I got emphysema; I was coughing and hurting most of the time. I started taking MSM, and after a year I have strong lungs that allow me to breathe easily. The MSM made it possible for me to continue on with my work and my life."
Even diabetics can benefit from MSM supplementation. Self-regulation of blood sugar can occur because MSM allows for proper absorption of blood sugars and insulin, and even repair of a damaged pancreas. When there is an MSM deficiency, cell membranes become less permeable, the pancreas overworks and ultimately fails, while blood sugars saturate the blood stream instead of entering the cells to provide nourishment and energy.
Sore Joints and Muscles
Testimonials of many athletes point to the ability of MSM to increase athletic stamina and eliminate sore muscles. This is because MSM increases the ability of the body to eliminate wastes and toxins at the cellular level, where good health begins. Actor James Coburn is one person among many who are sold on MSM for arthritis pain.
Many find that the combination of glucosamine and chondroitin with MSM is an even better source of relief from joint pain.
This organism belongs in the large intestine, where it co-exists with acidophilous and prevents the take-over of harmful bacteria. When acidophilous is damaged or eliminated by antibiotic use, Candida can overgrow to the extent that it becomes "systemic", i.e. gets into the blood stream, where it competes for nutrients and emits waste materials that produce myriad symptoms of disease. MSM, by balancing the pH of the blood stream and tissues of the body, prevents Candida from living anywhere outside the intestines, where it belongs.
Ulcers can be life-threatening. See a physician.
Ulcers caused by too much stomach acid can be reversed by MSM supplementation.
How to take MSM
MSM is very easy to use. MSM is a white, crystalline powder that is odorless and has a mild taste. It mixes in water more easily than sugar, and just barely affects the taste. In juice or other beverages, it is undetectable.
You may want to start with 500mg a day for the first week and than increase to 1 gram a day after that.
Just one quarter teaspoon equals a little over a gram.