Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is a sulfur containing compound and is often used to help with osteoarthritis and to maintain good joint health. Use of MSM in combination with glucosamine and/or chondroitin can greatly reduce pain in the joints and support the development of healthy cartilage. Other supplements that enhance the effects of MSM supplements are collagen, krill oil or fish oil.
Even if you are not currently experiencing joint pain, adding MSM supplements to your daily intake may be wise. The wear and tear of daily life and of exercise can cause joint damage, but MSM supplements can help prevent this. In addition to supplements, be sure to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables because methylsulfonylmethane is also absorbed from the soil by the roots of plants. For this reason, milk from dairy animals that are allowed free range on fresh grass is a good source of MSM.
Studies have shown that side effects of MSM supplements are few and mild. Some users of MSM have reported experiencing slight stomach upset or rashes on the skin; however, these side effects are minor when weighed against the level of pain support the supplement provides. Additionally, side effects can be mitigated by splitting dosage up into smaller doses throughout the day and by being sure to take MSM with food. Additionally, studies have shown that large amounts of MSM are not necessarily required for positive results, so you may be able to reduce your overall dosage significantly to address these side effects. Discuss use and dosage of MSM with your doctor to determine exactly how much you should take.
Also remember to look for MSM under its other names: DMSO2, sulfonylbismethane, methanesulfonylmethane, and methyl sulfone. No matter which name the product you decide on bears, you can be sure of finding the best quality and value right here at Vita Living.