MSM is the acronym for Methylsulfonylmethane. Yeah, I don’t try to say that word out loud much either! But what is MSM?
The key phrase is sulfur, which holds many important roles in health. Sulfur is the 4th most common mineral in the human body. Plants, animals, and humans all need sulfur to be our healthiest. Sulfur gives eggs, onions, and garlic their distinctive tastes, so when you eat these healthy whole foods you are giving your body this essential nutrient. MSM, with 34% bio-available sulfur, is a colorless, odorless form that has been used for decades.
Sulfur plays an important role in detoxification and the inflammatory process. Sulfur is vital for the production of glutathione, an extremely important antioxidant produced by the body. Without sulfur, the body cannot manufacture many of its own natural substances.
Depleted Sulfur in Our Soil
While sulfur is naturally found in foods produced in healthy organic conditions, much of our soil is depleted of essential nutrients.
In his paper on Mineral Nutrient Depletion in US Farm and Range Soils, researcher Michael Karr, Ph.D., ARCPACS Certified Professional Soil Scientist, says
The problem with the depleted sulfur in our soil is that it means depleted surfer in our food as well. Sulfur is also easily destroyed during food processing, leaving even those with the best of nutritional intentions potentially deficient in a vital nutrient. ϯ
Preliminary research suggests MSM may have the ability to improve joint health and has been used for a number of other health conditions such as osteoarthritis and other joint inflammatory diseases. It has also been used for a number of skin conditions including rosacea, scar tissue, stretch marks and wound healing. ϯ
Many human studies have been performed with MSM.
- Pagonis et al. built on previous studies by expanding the number of study participants to 100, and lengthening the intervention to 26 weeks. In this randomized controlled trial, participants took 6 g of MSM or placebo per day for 26 weeks and were evaluated through the WOMAC questionnaire, SF-36 Quality of Life survey, and Global Assessments for OA symptoms from both patients and physicians. WOMAC results showed significant improvements in all areas for the MSM group. The MSM group also showed a strong trend toward changes in disease status. Careful lab monitoring of health indicators showed no side effects of MSM supplementation and no adverse events were reported.
- “Multiple human and animal trials indicate MSM may reduce oxidative stress and inflammation, although it is not a direct antioxidant. In human studies, MSM has been shown to protect muscles from damage by reducing the amount of oxidative stress damage incurred through exercise. The total antioxidant capacity was significantly increased after taking MSM.”
- One source reports as of 1999, more than 125 countries are using DMSO more safely and less expensively than drugs used for the same conditions in the United States
MSM is not MSG!
Some people confuse these!
- MSM is helpful to the body. It is an odorless white powder with no taste taken as a dietary supplement.
- MSG is short for Monosodium glutamate, a controversial additive used in the food industry as a flavor enhancer. Many people report headaches and other symptoms after eating foods with MSG.
aVivoPur Vegan MSM
Our aVivoPur Vegan MSM 1000mg supplies 340 mg of sulfur in a vegetarian-friendly form.ϯ Like many of our supplements, this product is vegetarian-friendly and guaranteed to be free of artificial chemicals and other ingredients that often cause food sensitivity.
ϯ These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.