Do you have nagging aches and pains? Old injuries that just won’t go away? Can’t do the things you used to without a lot of discomfort? Arthritis or fibromyalgia? Many people need help and as they become aware of the risks and dangers of over the counter pain relievers such as aspirin, ibuprofen and prescription drugs like Vioxx, safe and effective natural medicines are becoming the preferred choice. MSM is used for the relief of muscle pain, joint pain and inflammation.
What Is MSM?
MSM stands for methylsulfonylmethane, an organic form of sulfur. Sulfur is the fourth most plentiful mineral in your body and is essential for life. It is an important element for all cells and body tissues, especially for joint tissue where it functions in the stabilization of the connective tissue matrix of cartilage, tendons, and ligaments. MSM is composed of 34% bio-available sulfur, making it the richest source of organic sulfur available.
MSM is a naturally occurring compound found in raw fruits, vegetables and some grains, as well as human blood and tissues. It assists your body in maintaining adequate sulfur. It is safe and non-toxic. Individuals, who claim they are allergic to sulfur, are actually allergic to sulfa drugs or sulfite-containing food additives. While MSM should be present in all the produce we consume, any heat or food processing easily destroys it. Getting MSM from your diet, therefore, is very difficult. MSM must come from oral supplementation. Since the half-life of MSM consumed in the body is only 12 hours, supplementation is required two times per day, usually morning and evening.
History Of MSM
Starting in the 1930s, researchers reported arthritis sufferers were deficient in sulfur, and that restoring sulfur levels provided significant benefits to these patients. It wasn’t until 1979, however, that Dr. Stanley Jacob, M.D. discovered MSM while doing research at Oregon Health and Sciences University in Portland Oregon. A surgeon and former instructor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Jacob is considered the world’s foremost expert on its research and clinical applications. He has used MSM with over 18,000 patients in his practice for the last 25 years. Patients with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, muscle soreness and muscle pain all benefited significantly from MSM.
How Does MSM Work?
Sulfur is vital to the creation and regeneration of the body’s tissues. It is found in every cell in the body. Approximately half of the sulfur in your body is concentrated in the muscles, skin and bones. When rigid fibrous tissue cells swell and become inflamed, pressure and pain result. MSM restores the flexibility and permeability of cell walls allowing fluids to pass through the tissues with ease. This means that the cells can quickly get rid of garbage that is constantly being created inside the cell, and the cell can also absorb nutrients more easily. MSM is a powerful detoxifier that allows harmful substances such as lactic acid and toxins to flow out of cells in the joints and muscles, thereby equalizing the pressure and eliminating the cause of pain. This prevents the pressure buildup in cells that causes inflammation.
MSM has shown a remarkable ability to reduce or eliminate muscle soreness and cramps both in geriatric patients and in athletes. It’s even given to racehorses before a race to prevent muscle soreness, and afterward to reduce the risk of cramping. People with arthritis report substantial and long-lasting relief with MSM supplements. Taken along with glucosamine, a key substance in the process of rebuilding cartilage, MSM can relieve pain and help repair worn or damaged cartilage in joints, ligaments and tendons with healthy, flexible new cells. For some health conditions MSM is given intravenously by injection directly into the bloodstream. High dosages are often required and combination with vitamins and minerals provides best results. Medical supervision is therefore advised, particularly since most patients have other complicating conditions and symptoms.
Not Just For Pain And Inflammation
A body made up of healthy, flexible cells will not only feel better, it will look better too. Your body is continuously at work replacing old, worn out cells with new ones. The process goes on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The body uses MSM along with Vitamin C to create new, healthy cells, and MSM provides the flexible bond between the cells. Without proper levels of MSM, this leads to problems such as lost flexibility, scar tissue, wrinkles, varicose veins, hardened arteries, damaged lung tissues, dry cracking skin, digestive disorders, joint problems, and inability to defend against allergic reactions to food, animals and plants. Other conditions that have responded to MSM include acne, allergies, asthma, candida yeast infections, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic fatigue, constipation, diabetes, digestive disorders, fragile hair and nails, migraine headaches, parasites, skin damage and ulcers.
MSM is truly remarkable stuff, providing safe and very effective for relief of pain and inflammation. You do not have to be suffering from a chronic illness to benefit from MSM. If you are tired of hurting, particularly if you are active, MSM works great at getting rid of those aches and pains, allowing you to enjoy life and activities to their fullest.