What is MSM?
So what exactly is the nutrient MSM? MSM stands for methyl-sulfonyl-methane. It is manufactured from a substance called DMSO and is basically a type of sulfur. Sulfur is a substance that is required by the body to perform certain functions, such as enhance skin health. Chemical makeup aside, there are some health benefits of MSM to consider. And you wouldn’t be the only one to consider them. Sales of the supplement are in the millions each year.
Health Benefits of MSM and Why You Should Take It
MSM Supports Multiple Structures and Functions in the Body.
Allergies: MSM is said to help fortify the body’s natural barriers against allergens. Oral MSM helps in the alleviation of allergic response to pollen and foods. Sulphur plays a major role in detoxification and elimination of free radicals. It also assists the integrity of the mucous membrane tissues.
Respiratory System: MSM helps strengthen the lungs, possibly regulating the fluid that covers the surface of the airways. It may provide relief from the symptoms of lung dysfunction by the plasticizing effect on the membranous surface of the lung involved in gas exchange.
Carbohydrate Metabolism: Sulphur is needed to produce insulin and other vital components that contribute to healthy carbohydrate metabolism. MSM helps make the cells more permeable allowing them to absorb blood sugar. Alpha Lipoic Acid, a sulphur containing compound, plays a role in the generation of energy and in glucose balance.
Hair, Skin and Nails: Sulphur is necessary for the production of collagen and keratin These proteins are essential for the health and maintenance of hair, skin and nails. Collagen binds the structures of skin together while keratin is the primary component in hair, nails, skin and tooth enamel. MSM enhances tissue pliability and encourages repair of damaged skin.
Gastro – intestinal: MSM helps promote good digestive and absorption of nutrients. It helps us to utilize the food we eat. Sulphur-bearing vitamins such as thiamine prevent constipation and biotin, another B vitamin, helps to metabolize and digest starches, fats and proteins.
Bones, Joints and Ligament’s: Sulphur is critical in the formation of collagen and glucosamine- which are vital components for healthy bones, joints, ligaments and tendons. Sulphur also makes cells more permeable, allowing nutrients and fluids to flow freely through the cells and remove toxins; ultimately reducing pain and inflammation.
Uses for MSM
MSM can be added to soft food mixes for birds and other animal foods if preferred. Because birds and animals often do not drink water on a regular basis, the addition of the powder to daily food ration, etc., may be considered more beneficial. Either way, the matter is one for individual judgment and preference.
Due to its positive effects, particularly in maintaining healthy cell formation, 2,000 to 6,000mg. of supplemental MSM daily is recommended. Of course, the optimum daily dosage of MSM depends largely on body size, age and the nature and severity of any deficiency symptoms you may be experiencing. Since vitamin C provides a positive synergistic it should be taken along with MSM.
MSM ranks in the “extremely low” toxicity category with a toxicity profile similar to that of water. When oral supplements are taken, the body will distribute MSM where it is needed. After about 12 hours, any excess amounts will be flushed out of the body.