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What is MSM?
MSM is the abbreviation for methyl-sulfonyl-methane, a naturally occuring sulfur compound. This compound is found in tissues and fluids of plants, of animals, and of people. MSM and its related compounds make up 85% of the sulfur in living organisms. Our bodies are composed primarily of five basic elements: oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, carbon, and sulfur.
Why do we need sulfur?
Where does MSM come from?
Dietary MSM comes from fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, meats, seafood, and milk. Processing of these products, however, destroys or greatly reduces actual MSM content. Pioneer MSM researcher Robert Hershcler says: "MSM is shy, evasive and escape-prone. While present naturally when food is very fresh, it can be driven out of any food by even moderate processing. People, generally speaking, wil lbe sulfur-deficient unless they eat their fish and meat raw and their vegetables unwashed and uncooked.”
MSM levels in humans decline with age, resulting in symptoms of fatigue, tissue and organ malfunction, and increased susceptibility to disease.
Animal research at Ohio State University College of Medicine has shown that oral MSM supplementation can protect against the onset of breast cancer in laboratory animals.
Research at OSU also shows MSM to be a preventative agent for colon cancer.
Herschler discovered MSM could produce sometimes extraordinary relief from symptoms of emphysema
Animal research has shown MSM to have anti-inflammatory effects on the eyes
Research has shown rapid relief, even in stubborn cases, of stomach distress, constipation, gastrointestinal inflammation and recurring diarrhea
Research reported extending the lifespans of animals with lupus erythematosus
Research shows MSM is capable of reducing or eliminating leg and back cramps, muscle spasms, and general soreness
Research has shown that MSM is remarkably effective in treating parasitic and fungal infections both on the skin and internally, including fungus, giardia, trichimonas and intestinal worms such as nematoces, enterobius, and others
Patent information reports MSM has been found to be effective in eliminating external scars including stretch marks, burns, and surgical incisions
Herschler discovered that MSM softened the skin, making it more elastic
Because of its effect on collagen and protein, MSM helps reduce the hardening of skin and connective tissue, thus making it an extraordinary treatment for improving the quality of the hair, skin and nails
A study at OHSU shows significant reduction in snoring after applying a liquid MSM solution to each nostril in test subjects
How Much MSM Should Be Used?
To be effective therapeutically, MSM should be taken frequently, ideally, every day Researchers have generally used daily dosages of between 250 mg and 2,000 mg. In severe cases, up to 5,000 mg. per day have been used without side effects.
Are Their Any Drug Interactions with MSM?
Any food that is rich in sulfur, such as broccoli, eggs, meat, garlic, onions, and milk, contains some DMSO and MSM. DMSO is sold as an industrial solvent that is not intended for human use. MSM is available as a nutritional supplement in health food stores. DMSO comes in liquid form and is rubbed onto the skin to relieve arthritis pain and inflammation. MSM comes in capsule form.
For DMSO, the main concern is getting a pure that is free of contaminants. However, there have been no safety studies in the United States showing that even DMSO is safe for long-term use when rubbed on the skin. It has a strong sulfur odor that has been described as smelling like fish, oysters, garlic, and rotten eggs; it can become incorporated into sweat and saliva, causing body odor and bad breath. It can also cause skin irritation at the site of application.
Animal toxicity studies have been done with MSM and it was found to be safe. It is a nontoxic compound, even at high doses. However, it can have a mild blood-thinning effect and shouldn't be taken with nonprescription blood thinners like aspirin, ginkgo biloba, high doses of vitamin E, prescription blood thinners like Coumadin, or other drugs or supplements that reduce clotting.
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