MSM ~ Methyl Sulphonyl Methane
MSM, Methyl Sulphonyl Methane is a naturally occurring sulfur compound. It is a natural source of sulphur. Sulphur exists in every cell of our body and is found in animal protein food such as fish, meat, and milk and also in fruit and vegetables.
Sulphur is an element found in all living organisms and the fourth largest mineral found in the human body. It is found in every cell of our body. Approx. half of the total body sulphur is concentrated in the muscles, bones and skin. Sulphur is a component of protein Keratin found in nails, hair and skin. Sulphur is essential for the production of collagen which is a primary constituent of cartilage and connective tissue. It is needed for the synthesis of connective tissue, enzymes and immunoglobulin. It is also needed to form serum proteins. It is important for the sulphur amino acids like methionine, cysteine and taurine.
Sulphur has a role in liver to secrete bile. It acts as a scavenger and takes out free radicals.
Sulphur is a significant component of Insulin, the protein hormone secreted by the pancreas, that is essential to the metabolism of carbohydrates.
Health conditions that may benefit from MSM
Many health related conditions are said to respond to MSM but no proved claim for cure has been made yet. Some of the conditions where MSM may be of use are as under:
- Arthritis – Osteoarthritis – Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Allergies – Asthma – Bronchitis
- Constipation – Hyperacidity
- Breast cancer & Colon cancer
- Scar tissue restorative
- Skin, Hair and nail health
- Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
- High Cholesterol
- Muscle pains
Glucosamine in combination with MSM is shown to have beneficial effect in the treatment of osteoarthritis.