MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane)
Methylsulfonylmethane or MSM is a type of organosulphur compound. It is represented using the chemical formula (CH3) 2SO2. It is also referred to as dimethyl sulfone, methyl sulfone or DMSO2. MSM is colourless in appearance and contains what is known as a sulfonyl functional group. It is an inert chemical.
MSM can be found in some plants, especially in plants that are primitive. It also occurs in certain types of beverages and foods.
It is found in the atmosphere over marine locations and is used by the airborne bacteria, Afipia for carbon supply. In fact, even the melanoma cells in humans contain MSM.
MSM is commonly sold as a dietary supplement. This is because it has been known to offer a wide range of health benefits.
MSM and its applications
MSM has been used to treat a wide range of medical conditions. It has also been known to offer many health benefits.
• A pilot study conducted in 2006 observed the effects of MSM on 50 women and men who were affected by osteoarthritis . The men and women were prescribed 6000 mg of MSM. It was found that after being treated with MSM, the men and women showed reduced pain symptoms and did not experience any side effects .
• One of the key components found in MSM is sulphur. Sulphur offers certain benefits to the human body and plays a key role in its overall functioning. For instance, sulphur is responsible for the production of an antioxidant known as glutathione. Glutathione helps with detoxification. There are two types of glutathione in the human body: oxidised glutathione and reduced glutathione. The optimum ratio between these two helps the blood plasma respond properly to oxidative stress. The sulphur content in MSM helps maintain the proper ratio between the two types of glutathione. sulphur also provides support to various types of structural proteins.
• Using a topical ointment containing a combination of silymarin and MSM has been observed to reduce symptoms associated with rosacea and also improve skin tone.
• Consuming MSM before a run has been known to reduce muscle damage.
MSM daily intake
There have been no known studies to determine the appropriate daily MSM dosage for healthy individuals. However, for men and women affected with arthritis, the recommended daily dosage of MSM is in the range of 1000 to 3000 mg to been taken as oral supplements.
MSM can be obtained from certain food sources as well. This includes coffee, beer, raw milk, port wine, and green leafy vegetables.
Since the daily MSM dosage for healthy individuals is unknown, it is best to obtain MSM through organic food sources. MSM supplements, on the other hand, are safer when consumed to treat specific conditions such as osteoarthritis.