Benefits Of MSM Supplements For Hair
A person’s hair has become heavily associated with attractiveness and overall health. As a result, healthier hair is, now more than ever, highly sought after by both men and women.
You only need to take a quick look around your local supermarket to see the sheer number of products dedicated to creating a thicker, fuller head of hair.
The problem with many of these types of product is that they provide a temporary solution to your hair without addressing the actual cause of poor hair health. A much better alternative would be to find the “why” behind your hair loss or hair health problem and find a way to solve it.
For many people, dietary deficiencies are to blame for thinning, brittle hair and one very common deficiency nowadays is sulphur. So, if you are to improve the condition of your hair, it makes sense to start by correcting your dietary deficiencies before worrying about buying any special hair serums or potions.
As an added bonus, correcting a gap in your diet like a sulphur deficiency will also have many other benefits on top of better-looking hair.
What Is Sulphur?
The type of sulphur we are discussing in this article is crucial to your bodily health. It is an organic mineral that plays a vital role in a large number of bodily functions from connective tissue repair to immune system support.
The name for this organic sulphur compound is methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), and it is found in a number of natural food sources. Unfortunately, due to lower soil quality and decreased overall intake of whole foods as a society, our diets are much lower in MSM than they should be.
This lack of sulphur could well be damaging your hair, so increasing your intake should be given serious consideration. The simplest way to increase your sulphur intake and improve your hair’s condition is to use MSM supplements, which usually come in the form of an orally taken MSM powder.
How Can MSM Help Your Hair?
MSM can improve your hair health in two ways. The first of which is by boosting the production of collagen throughout your body.
Collagen is one of the most plentiful proteins in your body and helps you repair and maintain strong bones and connective tissue. Collagen also aids in the maintenance of strong, thick hair and supple hair.
Secondly, and perhaps more importantly when it comes to hair health, MSM supplementation helps your body produce more keratin. Keratin, similarly to collagen, is a type of protein that provides the building blocks for the structure of your hair and nails.
Without sufficient amounts of organic sulphur, your body will struggle to synthesise enough keratin and weak, brittle hair will be the result.
Working together, collagen and keratin are vital to keeping your hair in top condition. The sulphur helps to form the bonds between the collagen and keratin compounds in your body, which is why sulphur deficiencies can be so detrimental to the appearance of your hair.
One other way in which MSM supplementation could help increase your hair health is via its’ detoxification effects. In the body, sulphur acts to increase the permeability of your cells, which makes it much easier for toxins to be flushed out of them.
Toxins around the root of your hair follicles could have a big impact on the quality of the hair shaft that grows from them. Therefore, flushing out toxins may provide a better environment for stronger hair to flourish.
Aside from flushing out toxins, higher cell permeability also allows for easier hydration of the cells. When the cells are hydrated, they can become saturated with valuable minerals and nutrients that encourage growth.
Final Thoughts On MSM For Hair
Although a healthcare professional should always be consulted before using any supplement, the fact that MSM is naturally occurring means it shouldn’t lead to unwanted side effects for most people. Dosages of between 2g-6g are common with MSM powder.
The best advice is to start with relatively low dosages to see how your body reacts and adjust from there.
Try out the benefits of MSM for your hair by ordering MSM supplements from our Hellenia online store. More information can also be found in our new e-book: The Guide To MSM. This free guide is full of helpful information about the benefits of MSM supplementation for a range of health and fitness areas. Click here to download a copy.