Widely known as a “miracle supplement”, Methylsulphonylmethane or MSM has been gaining popularity as one of the most diversely beneficial supplements around. MSM has been touted for a very wide range of uses from fighting inflammation, treating skin conditions and even restoring hair growth.

Perhaps the most common use for MSM supplementation is for the treatment of arthritis and joint pains. However, as I have alluded to, there are many more benefits and this article aims to show you the main ones.

What is MSM?

Before we get on to the list of potential advantages to supplementing with MSM, it is important for you to know a little bit about what it actually is and does inside your body.

In essence, MSM is a type of naturally occurring sulphur compound. The compound is found in a variety of natural, unprocessed foods, so our ancestors were seen to have a relatively high sulphur diet.

Unfortunately, due to soil quality and cooking techniques, our sulphur intake is much lower today. This can be a problem because sulphur is one of the most abundant nutrients in the human body and is used for a large number of different processes.

Every single day your body requires the use of sulphur for critical functions like connective tissue repair and recovery. It is no wonder that it has been referred to as a “miracle” and is becoming more and more popular as a health supplement.

The supplement form of MSM usually comes in a powder and is usually taken by mouth. In some instances, a paste can be used topically for treating skin conditions.

Benefits of MSM

So, how can this so called “miracle supplement” be of benefit to you? Well, as mentioned, it has a very wide range of potential benefits. Take a look at the list below for some of the main ones, I’m sure there are some that will surprise you.

1. Osteoarthritis & Joint Pain Treatment

If you have done a bit of research into MSM before, this one probably isn’t going to be much of a surprise to you. MSM is widely used for treating chronic joint pain and inflammation.

MSM has been shown to improve symptoms of joint pain, arthritis and back pain/ stiffness by helping the body repair and form new tissue inside the joints as well as lowering inflammation.

This analysis highlights that MSM supplementation seems to improve joint pain, swelling and range of motion without side effects for most people.

2. Repairs Skin & Improves Skin Appearance

There are MSM-containing topical creams available that have been shown to improve symptoms of certain skin conditions. Better skin tone and reduced sensitivity have been shown as the results of its’ application.

MSM is also important for the production of collagen within your body, which is well known for its important role in keeping skin youthful and healthy-looking.

The sulphur obtained from MSM supplementation is directly involved in producing collagen, which becomes even more crucial as we age since collagen is lost and skin elasticity fades as a result.

3. Restores Hair Growth

This one may come as a welcome shock to most people but MSM supplementation could help to form new strands of hair. The reasons are very similar to the previous benefit about skin health; collagen, as well as keratin, are vital for hair production and sulphur and MSM has been shown to boost levels of both nutrients. Read more about MSM for hair growth, CLICK HERE.

4. Detoxification

Removal of waste products and toxins in your body is a crucial part of staying healthy and avoiding disease. MSM has the ability to make the cells in your body more permeable, which means those toxins can be flushed out more easily.

Greater permeability also allows for better cell hydration, which will help keep your cells saturated with the nutrients they require.

5. Aids Digestion & Helps Digestive Problems

There has been some evidence to show that MSM may help to reinforce and rebuild the lining of your digestive system. It can also help to treat leaky gut syndrome by preventing particles leaking from the gut through the small junction openings.

As an added digestion benefit, the previously mentioned “extra permeability” of your cells makes digestion easier on your body and lets it take place with a lower energy requirement.

6. Allergy Relief

It is believed that the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of MSM can have a positive effect on the symptoms of an allergic reaction.

This study saw a decrease in allergy symptoms such as itchy eyes, sneezing, coughing and breath shortness after just one month of MSM supplementation.

7. May Treat Snoring

There are some links between MSM and an alleviation of excessive snoring.  A previous study administered MSM to the nostrils of subjects 15 minutes before sleep to study its’ effects on their snoring…After just a few days, significant reductions in their snoring were found: in 80% of participants, their partners reported a decrease in snoring. Read more about this snoring study here.

Final Thoughts on MSM

The list above highlights some of the main benefits of increasing MSM intake but is just a brief snapshot of the whole picture. MSM has actually been associated with even more positive effects. Here is a list to show just how wide-ranging the possible benefits are:

  • Yeast infections
  • Muscle spasms
  • Constipation
  • Ulcers
  • Circulation
  • Joint inflammation
  • Allergies
  • Symptoms of PMS
  • Hair Loss
  • Skin conditions
  • Blood pressure
  • Energy levels
  • Infections

MSM supplementation certainly has an extremely wide range of benefits due to the many bodily functions associated with sulphur.

As a naturally sourced supplement, side effects should be uncommon so it is certainly worth experimenting with MSM for yourself to see how it benefits you. Of course, consulting a doctor beforehand is always necessary. We explore the health benefits of MSM in greater detail in an exclusive free e-book called 'Guide To Methylsulphonylmethane (MSM) Supplements', download it here.

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