MSM Nutritional Supplement

The MSM Nutritional Supplement has worked for famous actors, will it work for you? ...

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Hollywood actor James Coburn, who was crippled by rheumatoid arthritis, swore by the efficacy of the methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) nutritional supplement in the relief of his pain.  Many other individuals using MSM have  experienced mild to moderate relief from pain caused by other disorders.

Importance in Health

Before we discuss the benefits, precautions and side effects of MSM in the body, we must discuss its parent mineral - sulfur. To the layman, sulfur is the yellow stuff from fire-and-brimstone imagery and, hence it has no part in our diet, much less our bodies.  But sulfur is a necessary mineral in forming healthy connective tissues, maintaining normal joint functions and eliminating toxic substances from the body, among others.  In fact, we all have sulfur stored in many parts of our bodies like the brain, liver and nerves as well as in all of our cells.

Food sources of sulfur are listed below, but be aware that the sulfur content of these foods is significantly diminished during the cooking process:

  • meat
  • fish
  • grains
  • kale
  • cabbage
  • cauliflower
  • horseradish
  • cranberries
  • egg yolks
  • garlic
  • onions.  

Dietary Supplementation

In comes the MSM nutritional supplement to the rescue.  It bridges the gap between the recommended daily allowances (RDA) for sulfur - approximately 850 mg is sufficient - and the actual amount consumed from the diet.  Said purpose is, of course, similar to the reasons for supplementation where the other micronutrients and macronutrients are concerned.

The MSM dietary supplement should be taken with a virtual "grain of salt".  It is important to note that while there is a wealth of anecdotal evidence for the supplement point to a high efficacy rate complemented by a low toxicity rate, it has not been proven effective by using rigorous scientific studies which are often costly and take several years to complete.  Still, we suggest asking your doctor if you have plans of taking the MSM nutritional supplement since side effects and drug interactions can occur.

Possible Benefits

Most manufacturers will include the nutritional supplements information for their products, which is true for MSM supplements.  You will then be made aware of the ingredients that can include glucosamin and chondroitin for higher rate of efficacy since these substances work in synergy.  The most notable benefits of the MSM supplement as reported in scientific studies and customer testimonials include:

  • Lessen of the pain, inflammation and muscles spasms related to disorders like osteoarthritis, lupus, scleroderma and rheumatoid arthritis

  • Promotes faster healing of joints, ligaments and tendons

  • Lessen episodes of asthma as well as food and airborne allergic reactions by improving the condition of the mucus membranes

  • Improve on athletic performance by strengthening muscle elasticity, boosting fatigue recovery times and lessening lactic acid effects.

Other less well-known possible benefits are improvement of scar appearance, blood flow and skin growth.  All of these benefits of the MSM dietary supplement still require more studies but the possibilities provide hope to millions of people.

You can take the MSM nutritional supplement in various forms including powder and capsule for oral consumption as well as lotion and gel for topical administration.  No matter the form by which MSM is taken, always keep within the recommended amounts as it has side effects including thinner blood.

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