Methylsulfonylmethane or MSM for short, is a water-soluble nutrient found naturally in food and in all the tissues and fluid of our bodies. MSM can support the health of connective tissue, including cartilage, ligaments, tendons, and blood vessels.
What is Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)?
MSM is a biologically available form of sulphur that provides the raw material for protein and connective tissue synthesis. Normal functioning of the body’s growth and repair mechanisms depends on a good supply of bioavailable sulphur. As we age we are more inclined to become deficient in MSM. Signs of deficiency might include dry flaky skin, dry brittle hair and flaky brittle nails.
The benefits of MSM for joints
- MSM may help support joint comfort and normal wear and tear by supporting the strength, integrity and elasticity of connective tissue.
- MSM can support the healthy functioning of joints after an injury.
Other benefits of MSM
- MSM may help support the body’s natural repair process to skin concerns – whether that it is due to aging or after an injury.
- MSM supports the healthy function of the body’s mucus membranes in the nose and airways – supporting the body’s defence against environmental particles.
- MSM supports healthy liver and enzyme function (learn more about detoxification below).
- MSM supports the healthy functioning of the digestive tract lining and supports healthy elimination.
- The mineral also supports the healthy aging of skin, nails, and hair due to Sulphur being a vital component of their structure. For even more support for your skin, MSM can be taken alongside a Collagen for Skin supplement.
MSM side effects and contraindications
When you first start taking MSM, occasionally you may experience short term changes related to detoxification and elimination – things like bowel changes, skin irritation tiredness, or brain fog. Make sure you drink enough water (aim for 2 litres per day). In general, if you experience unwanted symptoms that you believe may be related to a new food or supplement you are using, it is best to stop using it and contact your health professional. If you have any concerns, please reach out to our friendly customer care team.
MSM is contraindicated if you are taking blood thinning medication – please consult your health provider before taking MSM. We have a wide range of other Joint Supplements that are suitable to take alongside your medication.