MSM Benefits: Thick Hair to Healthy Joints

You’ve probably heard and read about the varied MSM benefits. Or maybe you’ve seen it on the shelves in pill, capsule, cream or gel form, and wondered exactly what the hype is about.

Well, curious Netizen, wonder no more: here’s what you need to know.

What is MSM?

MSM (aka DSMO2) is an odorless, tasteless, pure white organic compound that primarily contains sulfur. Though it looks like salt and sounds like something you’d find in a cleaning product, it’s actually a very important micro-mineral.

If you love raspberries, tomatoes, fresh corn, or even drink tea, coffee and beer, then you've already been consuming MSM –and given the laundry list of reported benefits associated with it, be glad you do!

A Brief Background of MSM

MSM as a nutritional supplement has a pretty interesting origin story. In the 1950s, Russian scientists synthesized a compound called dimethyl sulfoxide (DSMO) to help preserve tissue during organ transplants. Later that same decade, British scientists used DSMO in their experiments with cryogenics.

In 1955 an American medical doctor, Stanley Jacob, while researching how to keep organs viable during kidney transplants, met chemist and DSMO researcher Robert Herschler Ph.D. Together they discovered that DSMO was incredibly effective at reducing pain and inflammation.

The downside of DSMO? Patients reported a fish-like taste in the mouth and really bad body odor.​

Not satisfied with having a great pain-reliever and anti-inflammatory that made patients healthier but incredibly smelly, Herschler continued researching.

He later found that most of the DSMO broke down into a compound called methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) once it hit the bloodstream, and that it had the pain reducing, anti-inflammatory effects of DSMO, sans the fishy odor!

So What's the Big Deal?

Since the 60s, Jacob says he’s treated over 18,000 patients with varying ailments with MSM and seen overwhelmingly positive results.

He hypothesized that most people suffering from illnesses related to chronic stress are MSM deficient and that taking MSM supplements would be an effective treatment for everything from low energy and low immunity to tissue and organ malfunction as well as asthma, arthris, candida, and allergies.

“Dr. Stanley Jacob said DMSO – and MSM together with that – in his opinion is much more of a therapeutic principle. It’s similar to exercise or proper nutrition. Instead of that singular focus that is so prevalent within the drug or pharmas per se, it’s much more of a therapeutic principle, which is overall body wellness [opposed to treating a specific symptom or ailment].”​

Indeed, a plethora of chemists, scientists and nutritionists have reported the near miraculous benefits of MSM and these days, those in the know use MSM for:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Joint inflammation and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Tendonitis
  • Muscle cramps
  • Scar tissue and stretch marks
  • Hair loss
  • Wrinkles
  • Eye inflammation
  • Oral hygiene
  • Wound healing
  • Allergy relief
  • Chronic constipation
  • Ulcer
  • Obesity
  • Poor circulation
  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Cancer
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome

...And the list goes on and on but here's a more detailed look at the most beneficial things you can expect from MSM...

MSM May Help Slow the Growth of Cancer

There are promising animal studies that show taking MSM orally can slow the spread of some types of cancer in rats and mice, but for now there are no human trials, so we don’t know if it would have the same effect in people.​

MSM Improves Digestion

​Did you know that what we think of as the simple act of digestion accounts for 60% to 80% of the energy you use on a daily basis?

Imagine what you could direct that energy toward if your digestive system functioned more efficiently...

MSM boosts digestive function because it improves the permeability of cells, and as a result, enhances your body's ability to absorb nutrients from food.

About the Author Jessica

After growing up a perpetually pudgy kid, Jessica discovered real food - and her waistline shortly afterward. When she's not crafting concoctions in the kitchen, she spends her free time writing about food, making her own deodorant, watching sci-fi, doing headstands, and looking for gluten free food that doesn't suck.

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