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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

MSM / Methylsulfonylmethane - Benefits & Side Effects

Methylsulfonylmethane (also known as MSM) is a dietary supplement.

Information on the uses, health benefits and side effects of methylsulfonylmethane. Results from a small 12 week pilot clinical trial, published in 2006, showed MSM improved symptoms and function for knee osteoarthritis, but long-term benefits and safety of MSM in managing osteoarthritis were not confirmed.

MSM is found in small amounts in everyone's blood and it is also found in many foods. It's unclear what role dietary MSM plays in the complex chemistry of the human body, but like other sulfur compounds, it is a necessary building block for proteins, especially those found in the hair, muscles, and connective tissue of the joints and skin. Sulfur also is found in insulin hormone and bile acid. MSM, taken as an oral supplement, is able to cross the blood brain barrier.

MSM serves as an important source of bioavailable dietary sulfur, an element that plays a critical role in maintaining the integrity and elasticity of connective and other tissues. It is an important component of proteins found throughout the body, such as in hair, nails, skin and tendons.

MSM supplements appear to be a promising nutrient in the treatment of arthritis and possibly certain types of allergies. A study finds the combination of MSM and glucosamine to benefit in the treatment of arthritis. More research is needed before we determine the full benefit of MSM supplements and the potential MSM side effects with long term use.  We have not seen any studies regarding the benefit of a MSM supplement in hair or nail growth.