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What is MSM?


Here are the basics…

MSM(methyl-sulfony-methane, or dimethyl sulfone) is organic sulfur, a naturally occurring compound in the human body. In its purified form, it’s an odorless white crystal with a slightly bitter taste.

At moderate levels, it helps to ensure the proper functioning of various body processes, including healthy skin, nails and hair.

At higher levels, it can function as a pharmaceutically active agent for a variety of uses, including treatment for allergies and asthma, parasites, digestive disorders, arthritis, muscle soreness and cramps.c

MSM and its related compounds-DMSO (dimethylsulfoxide) and DMS (dimethylsulfide) – are the source of nearly all of the sulfur in humans, plants and animals. The chemical formula for MSM is (CH3)2SO2. It’s essentially DMSO with an extra oxygen molecule, and as such isn’t lipid-soluble like DMSO.

David Wolfe describes it like this: “MSM is a naturally-occuring form of dietary sulfur found in fresh raw foods that are involved in the cycle of rain. MSM is deficient in foods grown in greenhouses or in foods grown through irrigation. MSM is volatile and destroyed by cooking. In the body, MSM softens leathery internal tissues by rebuilding connective tissue with elastic sulfur bonds. This is how MSM lives up to its reputation of building collagen and maintaining healthy joints. This is also why MSM increases flexibility (good for yoga), hastens recovery time from sore muscles, and is excellent for recovery from athletic injuries.”

I am going to give it a try and see if I notice a difference. With the amount of running I am doing these days AND with how dry it has been, I will be curious to see if it makes a difference. If you have any feedback on MSM, please leave a comment.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Matt permalink
    03/11/2010 7:14 pm

    Let me know how the MSM works for you. I took it for a while, with no noticeable effect, but will be curious if it does you any good.

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