MSM is an abbreviation for Methylsulfonylmethane, a water soluble nutrient found naturally in food and in all the tissues and fluid of our bodies. MSM benefits the health of all connective tissues including cartilage, ligaments, tendons and blood vessels.
MSM is a biologically available form of sulphur that provides the raw material for protein and connective tissue synthesis. Normal functioning of the body’s growth and repair mechanisms depends on a good supply of bioavailable sulphur. As we age we are more inclined to become deficient in MSM. Signs of deficiency might include dry flaky skin, dry brittle hair and flaky brittle nails.
MSM may help support inflammation and joint pain caused by wear and tear by strengthening the integrity and elasticity of connective tissue. It may help accelerate the healing of wounds and fractures, reduce scar tissue and improve blood circulation. By strengthening mucous membranes MSM potentially improves their resistance to allergens, reducing the inflammation and irritation they cause. It is a strong antioxidant, a powerful detoxifier, improves the health of the digestive tract lining and enhances enzyme activity in many biochemical reactions. MSM may be beneficial for osteoarthritis, muscle cramps, musculoskeletal injuries, environmental and food allergies, stomach ulcers, intestinal parasites, chronic indigestion and constipation.
The mineral also helps strengthen hair, skin and nails because sulphur is a vital component of these proteins.
MSM supplements can be taken orally or applied as a lotion to painful or inflamed joints.