Is it time you tried something new for those aches and pains?
MSM is a naturally occurring nutrient, an organic sulphur compound that is found in the normal human diet. MSM is found in foods, including fruit, alfalfa, corn, tomatoes, tea, and coffee. Sulphur is present in all living organisms and without sulphur life as we know it would not exist. It is an important element in more than 150 compounds in the body--tissues, enzymes, hormones, antibodies and antioxidants. Sulphur is stored in every cell of the body, particularly in the hair, nails and connective tissue of joints and skin, where it is an important structural protein component. Connective tissue supports and connects the internal organs, forms the walls of blood vessels, and joins muscles to bones.
- OSTEOARTHRITIS – Because sulphur is needed for the formation of connective tissue, MSM has been studied for its use in treating arthritis. The concentration of sulphur in arthritic cartilage has been shown to be about one-third the level of normal cartilage. A preliminary study was performed on 16 patients suffering from degenerative arthritis. Ten patients, randomly chosen, were treated with 2,250 mg MSM per day while six patients received placebo capsules. The patients who took MSM daily for six weeks reported an 80 percent reduction in pain. Only two of those taking the placebo reported decreased pain--about 20 percent.
- IMMUNE SUPPORT – Research has found that both MSM and DMSO a sulphur metabolite, to be effective in preventing autoimmune disease and inflammatory joint disease. In addition, tumor onset in colon cancer cases has been shown to be delayed in those receiving MSM supplementation versus controls, suggesting a chemo-preventative effect.
- ANTI-PATHOGENIC – MSM is known to actively discourage CANDIDA ALBICANS. MSM competes for binding sites at the mucous membrane surface and helps prevent infections such as candida from developing and aids the removal of parasites such as roundworms, Giardia, and Trichomonas.
- SKIN HEALTH – MSM has been shown to reduce the extent of cross-linking in the collagen and elastin fibres of the skin. Since it is cross-linking that results in wrinkle formation, MSM is likely to offer benefits. Sulphur-containing baths have a long history of use for the treatment of psoriasis, rheumatic pain, and infections, and are still prescribed for asthma by medical doctors in France.