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- Improves Joint Health
- Reduces Pain & Inflamation of Joints
- Promoted Collagen Formation
Methylsulfonylmethane, or as it is sometimes referred to, MSM, is a sulfur compound which has been found to occur naturally in the human body, in milk, in fish, in green vegetables, and in various grains. It is usually sold as a dietary supplement. MSM can be found in some form in all living creatures including plant life, and is usually described as both without taste or smell. The extract generally comes in the form of a white crystalline powder which can be dissolved in water.
MSM Health Benefits
Sulfur is found in all the main structures of the body and is needed in some fashion by all of them. Enzymes need it to metabolize and react to nutrients, hormones need it in order to produce the correct result in the individual they are affecting, and it is needed by antioxidants and the antibodies of the immune system as well. Because it is so important to the body it is equally important that it be constantly replenished.
Though MSM can be found in the diet, it is often destroyed during the production sequence that goes into processed foods. Therefore processed foods, the snacks which seem to make up a large majority in American diets, are not very rich in MSM which is why supplementation may be needed in some cases. Any foods which have been stored for long periods of time or which have been dehydrated will have lost any MSM content when this occurred. This is unfortunate, as MSM is a large supplier of raw materials that the body needs in order to function correctly. 34% of MSM is made up of sulfur, meaning that this supplement can also function as a competent source of sulfur.
Since sulfur is so prevalent in the bodies of living organisms, this makes it a part of at least 150 compounds that can be found in the body including proteins, hormones, and even more physically prominent aspects such as skin and hair. Because sulfur is found in the connective tissue this also makes it an important component of collagen which relieves aches in the joints by keeping them well lubricated. MSM may also keep the cell walls strong, allowing nutrients in, but keeping toxins out.
Serving Size & Timing
It is suggested that MSM be consumed in serving sizes between 1000 and 1300 mg to be taken 4 times per day depending on intended effect. A serving of 2/8 tsp is equal to 925 mg while a serving size of 3/8 tsp is equal to about 1385 mg.
Supplement FactsServing size: 1300 milligrams
Serving per container: *
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** Based on 2,000 calorie diet
Sugar, Soy, dairy, yeast, gluten or additives
As a dietary supplement, take 1000 mg (rounded 1/4 tsp) to 1300mg (3/8 tsp) up to four times daily or as directed by a physician.
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INGREDIENTS & FURTHER INFORMATION
This MSM is considered pharmaceutical grade and has no fillers of any kind present in its chemical makeup.
MSM Side Effects
MSM is generally considered to be not very toxic and ranks among the lowest on the list of toxic chemicals. The only side effect that has ever been reported occurring as a result of using MSM was slight blood thinning and this in itself is rare. Still, those who are taking blood thinners already may want to converse with a doctor before taking this supplement due to the possible ramifications. As another minor side effect, it should be noted that taking MSM may cause hair and nails to grow more rapidly.
This product is known for having a bitter taste to it, but not so bitter as to be intolerable. It dissolves very easily in water and can be mixed in either water or citrus juices. There is also a capsule option for those that prefer not to take this supplement via dissolving in water. This product should be stored in an area that is free from light, heat, and moisture.