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MSM – A Natural Anti-inflammatory

MSM – A Natural Anti-inflammatory | Mr Vitamins
MSM or Methylsulfonylmethane is a natural form of sulfur that is found in vegetables, eggs, dairy and meat. This essential nutrient is a derivative of DSMO (Dimethylsulfoxide), which has been in use since the 1970’s for reducing inflammation of arthritis and other health conditions. MSM occurs naturally in most of the foods we eat but due to cooking, most of the MSM is lost. MSM is considered a safe supplement and has few to no side effects for most people.

What health problems can MSM help relieve?

  • Arthritis, both rheumatoid and osteo-arthritis
  • Pain relief of muscles and joints
  • Muscle spasms
  • Cystitis
  • Hair, skin and nail conditions
  • Allergies
  • Autoimmune disorders such as chronic fatigue and lupus
  • Digestive disorders
  • Toxicity and parasitic infections

How does MSM work?

The key component of MSM is sulphur, a necessary mineral used in many ways by the body.
  • Reduces Inflammation. Sulphur has the ability to make cells more permeable. This action allows nutrients to flow into the cells and toxins to flow out which in turn reduces inflammation. 
  • Construction and repair. Sulphur plays a large part in the creation and renew of muscles, bones, cartilage, nails, skin and hair. It also helps collagen mend itself and encourages damaged skin to rebuild.
  • Absorption. MSM helps the digestive tract work smoothly and effectively absorb the nutrients we eat.
  • Reduces Allergies. MSM helps eliminate free radicals caused by allergens like pollen and foods. This action helps the body stay healthier and cuts down on adverse reactions to toxins in the environment.
  • Detoxification of the body. The body needs the sulphur in MSM to combine with glutathione to make antioxidants. These antioxidants help keep the body healthy by fighting off toxins and free radicals that make us sick. MSM also helps increase cellular flow. This action flushes toxins out of the body instead of allowing them to build up in cells, muscles and other areas.

A few raw foods that contain MSM and can be added to your diet.

  • Broccoli
  • Garlic
  • Cauliflower
  • Cabbage
MSM comes in both capsule and microcrystalline powder form. It can also be found in external creams or gels for application to specific areas.' 'Ask a naturopath' if MSM is the right choice for your health issues. Do not use MSM if you have a known sulfur allergy or are allergic to sulpha drugs.