After a couple of weeks not being able to find the time to post anything, I have finally taken an hour to write down this article regarding MSM, aka “the miracle supplement”.
As you know, I am against protein supplements. However, when it comes to micronutrients, I very much encourage supplements. You see, 99% of the people on this planet experience some sort of micronutrient deficiency, some of which can lead to real problems for the body.
But first of all, we need to define exactly what a micronutrient is and what it does for the body.
“Micronutrients play crucial roles in human nutrition, including the prevention and treatment of various diseases and conditions, as well as the optimization of physical and mental functioning. Understanding micronutrients is critical for anyone seeking to maintain or improve his or her health.”
What Are Micronutrients?
There are two types: Vitamins and minerals. While only needed in small amounts, they play very important roles in human development and well-being, including the regulation of metabolism, heartbeat, cellular pH, and bone density. Without proper consumption of micronutrients, humans can suffer from many diseases.
Types of Micronutrients
Vitamins are available in two forms: water-soluble and fat-soluble. Water-soluble vitamins are easily lost through bodily fluids and must be replaced each day. They include the B-complex vitamins and vitamin C. Fat-soluble vitamins are not lost as easily as their water-soluble counterparts and therefore tend to accumulate within the body and are not needed on a daily basis. The fat-soluble vitamins are A, D, E and K.
Minerals are also available in two forms: macrominerals and microminerals.
Macrominerals are needed in larger amounts. They include Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Sodium and Potassium.
Microminerals are only needed in trace amounts. They include Iron, Copper, Iodine, Zinc and Fluoride.
What are MSM Supplements?
MSM (aka: methylsulfonylmethane) is an organic compound that’s used to improve immune function, lower inflammation and help restore healthy bodily tissue. MSM provides biologically active sulfur, which is the fourth most plentiful mineral in the body and needed for many different critical bodily functions every single day.
Benefits of MSM Supplements
Commonly used topically on the skin and also taken by mouth, MSM is especially popular as part of an arthritis diet and supplementation plan to treat arthritis or osteoarthritis/degenerative joint disease since it helps form connective tissue and repair joints, tendons and ligaments.
MSM is especially popular as part of a supplementation plan to treat arthritis or osteoarthritis but it is important to note that it also does the following:
- Improving flexibility and restoring collagen production.
- Helping the body form new joint and muscle tissue while lowering inflammatory responses that contribute to swelling and stiffness.
- Helping rebuild the lining of the digestive tract and lower inflammation/allergic reactions to certain foods.
- Helping improve skin’s tone, reducing redness, easing sensitivity, treating symptoms associated with rosacea, preventing wrinkles, scar formation, dark spots and sun damage… I know, right?!?!? Where has this been all my life? :p
- Helping prevent and treat muscle aches and pains, throbbing and swelling while improving range of motion and mobility. It’s also been shown to help muscle recovery after exercise, injuries and even surgeries
- Restoring the flexibility and permeability of cell walls within muscles, which means nutrients can pass through the tissues more easily, facilitating repair work faster and removing lactic acid, which causes that “burning feeling” following exercise.
MSM is originally naturally present in our food, however it is very likely that the sulfur compounds get weaker as the soil quality is unfortunately worsening and as the foods lose their freshness with time. Hence why supplementing can be very helpful.
MSM Dosage Recommendations
The FDA doesn’t recognise a recommended dietary allowance for an MSM supplement or for sulfur (which it contains), because there’s no proven symptoms of sulfur deficiency described in medical literature as of now. Therefore the dosage you’ll want to take depends on what you’re using MSM for and your current state of health. Please consult if unsure.
Make sure you buy MSM from a reputable seller, and always check for the correct chemical compound name “MSM (methylsulfonylmethane).” Keep in mind that many MSM supplements contain synthetic byproducts and fillers. You want to look for an organic brand that sells “100% naturally derived MSM.”
See the chart below for more information
I hope that you have found this article useful and look forward to hearing your views on MSM! Have you tried it?