What is MSM?
MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane), also known as DMSO is a compound made from amino acids. It is a white odourless crystalline substance that is found in humans and plants. Dietary sources include fruit, vegetables, grains and meat. MSM contains 34% sulphur.
What does MSM do in the body?
MSM is a sulphur donor. This means that it gives sulphur to the cells in your body. Keratin and collagen which forms the main matrix of joints, hair, skin and nails are both high sulphur containing compound.
Why do I need MSM?
Our modern diets are moving away from traditional foods. Combine this with our modern farming methods and nutrient low soils. Add this to the fact that cooking and pasteurisation of foods decreases the MSM content by 50%. It’s no wonder that our western diets are lacking in sulphur. Taking MSM as a supplement can be valuable to the body and may aid in providing sulphur where it’s needed most.
How do I take MSM?
Start by taking a low dose of MSM and build it up slowly. MSM is available in a capsule, tablet, powder, as part of a blend, most often in joint health blends, as well as in joint health creams and sprays. If you want to use MSM as a therapeutic agent, it is best to take it on an empty stomach with a carbohydrate snack such as a piece of fruit. Proteins which are broken down into amino acids compete for absorption with each other, so taking it away from protein allows your body to utilise more MSM.
Dosage range from 500mg-1500mg