Some of the major benefits of methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) include its ability to fight microbial infections, alleviate musculoskeletal pains and allergies, and boost the immune system. MSM can improve cell vitality, increase blood circulation, reduce swelling and pain, and improve join flexibility. It can also contribute to healthy hair, nails and skin.
MSM is an oxidation product of dimethyl sulfide, which appears as a white, odorless, crystalline powder that is highly soluble in hot water.
MSM is biologically active in plants and animals. Fruits, vegetables, grains, and certain algae contain high levels of MSM. MSM is found in urine, bovine milk and the adrenal cortex of cattle. In humans, MSM is found in the blood plasma and in the cerebral fluid.
The presence of biologically active sulfur in MSM has it enabled it to have significant therapeutic and preventative properties. The sulfur contained in MSM helps to break unhealthy calcium deposits in the body that are the major cause of degenerative diseases such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and arthritis.
MSM increases the production of keratin and collagen, which are essential for healthy hair and nails. Additionally, it helps in the treatment of skin conditions such as acne, eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, and rosacea.