MSM – The Miracle Supplement
Here at Vegavero, we take our science very, very, seriously. We pride ourselves on being market leaders in product quality and research. That’s why when we hear words like miracle being thrown around, we are naturally dubious.
Yet, the fact is that the more research that we read, the more we become convinced that MSM is really something quite special.
It’s a natural kind of sulphur supplement that has myriad benefits for your skin and your joints and your energy and just about everything in between.
We’re proud to be able to say that our MSM powder is 100% pure and, as always, free from all additives including anything gluten, lactose, gelatin or GMO.
What is MSM?
Methylsulfonylmethane – also known as dimethyl sulfone – is an organic sulphur compound that can provide the human body with valuable natural sulphur.
It’s an organic sulfur-containing compound that’s used to improve immune function, lower inflammation and help restore healthy bodily tissue. MSM is also a popular joint health supplement. It also naturally occurs in some green vegetables and other food products.
MSM is also produced in your body, which means that you do not need to obtain it from your diet in order to sustain life.
The reason so many benefits are attributed to the MSM supplement is because 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.
What are the benefits of MSM?
They don’t call MSM the miracle supplement for no reason. The list of known benefits of MSM is seemingly endless. However, the most commonly reported benefits include:
- improved skin and complexion
- greater flexibility
- stronger hair and nails
- faster healing
- more abundant energy
- natural body detox
The reason behind this is that while we produce sufficient sulphur ourselves, we struggle to get any additional sulphur from our food and drink.
This is because the cooking process tends ruin our bodies ability to absorb the sulphur by changing it at a chemical level. This has recently been touted as one of the major benefits of a raw diet.
How does MSM work?
MSM supplements supply the body with extra sulfur for creating methionine, which helps in important bodily processes like making other chemicals, forming connective tissue, synthesizing/metabolizing foods and absorbing nutrients to be used for energy.
While many different “whole foods” supply sulfur — foods like cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, etc.), eggs and sea vegetables — the catch is that some of their natural sulfur can become destroyed when the foods aren’t very fresh, they’re processed or are cooked at high temperatures.
One of the differences between sulfur as we usually think of it (DMSO) and MSM is that MSM is odorless and tasteless (which is why you’re spared the strong smell that can be produced when eggs or veggies are cooked).
One of the most notable attributes of MSM supplements is that they help accelerate healing and “detox” the body by improving how chemicals enter and leave our cells. MSM essentially makes cells more permeable, releasing certain built-up minerals that can cause problems (like calcium, for example), heavy metals, waste and toxins, while also helping usher in nutrients and water.
This helps keep us hydrated and lowers inflammation, which is the root of most diseases. MSM also stabilizes cell membranes, improves the body’s antioxidant abilities, slows or stops leakage from injured cells and scavenges hydroxyl free radicals.
Should I be supplementing MSM?
The dosage you’ll want to take depends on what you’re using MSM for and your current state of health.
Usually, 500 milligrams of MSM, taken three times daily, is the starting dose recommended for treating osteoarthritis. Other reports show that up to three to six grams daily (divided into three doses normally) seems to be safe and well-tolerated.
The best way to take MSM is in powder form mixed into some water at the start and end of the day.
You’ll get the best results when you use MSM along with antioxidants/anti-inflammatory compounds like vitamin C and omega-3 fatty acids.