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A Sulfur Compound Essential to Our Physical Well-Being
MethylSulfonylMethane (MSM) is an organic sulfur compound found in vegetables, fruit, meat and dairy products. It is a crystalline derivative of DMSO, a product which was popular in the alternative health community during the previous decade. Contrary to popular hype, this product is not a natural food (anymore than refined sugar or any other isolated nutrient is a natural food). It does appear to have some potential as a health aid in certain diseases, particularly those involving structural breakdown.
MSM is one of hundreds of naturally occurring sulfur compounds in foods. Sulfur is crucial in the process of maintaining a vital healthy body and mind. It is part of the cellular structure and necessary for effecting repairs in the body. It promotes the health of hair, skin, nails and joints. Sulfur is part of our immune systems. It has natural disinfectant properties.
The sulfur in MSM is in a form that the body can easily utilize. There are no known side effects of taking MSM. It is water soluble and the body will just flush out any excess that it doesn't need. Because it is an isolated phytonutrient. Excess sulfur in the body is known to contribute to skin rashes and intermittent eruptions, scalp problems, systemic itching, taxed liver functions, headaches and over-acidity of the blood (sulfur is one of the acid-forming electrolytes in the blood). While MSM may cause none of these problems, if any of these problems do appear while taking this product, you may simply be getting too much.
MSM works with vitamins and amino acids to help build healthy cells. If we do not have enough MSM in our body cells aren’t unable to build these cells and various health problems can result. MSM is one of the important phytonutrients (plant nutrients) in our foods. Science recognizes that food contains many substances besides vitamins and minerals which contribute to our health, Eating a wide variety of natural foods helps to ensure that we are getting all of the substances our bodies require for optimal health.
MSM is a supplement people can use to help makeup for the poor quality of food they eat. Keep in mind that MSM is only one of hundreds, if not thousands, of substances found in our foods which probably contribute to good health. It shouldn't be taken as an excuse for not eating properly.
MSM is reported to be most effective when taken with Vitamin C and trace minerals, the other nutrients know to help rebuild tissue, Taking about 1000 mg of MSM for every 30 pounds of body weight (take two or three times throughout the day) is a good amount, although you may wish to start with a smaller dose and work up. If you have any of the following conditions, this supplement might be worth a try,
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