Methylsulfonylmethane is an organic form of sulfur. It is also known as DMSO2, methyl sulfone, dimethyl sulfone, and MSM.
Methylsulfonylmethane occurs naturally in certain primitive plants. It can be found in small quantities in many food and drinks like milk, tea, coffee, grains, fruits and vegetables. Methylsulfonylmethane is sold as a dietary supplement and a drug as well.
Sulfur is needed for healthy muscles, tendons and liagaments.
Methylsulfonylmethane is an excellent source of sulfur and a building block of proteins in muscle and connective tissue in joints.
Methylsulfonylmethane is believed to be useful in strengthening joints, increasing the flow of blood, improving muscle movement and problems related to mobility.
Who can benefit from taking Methylsulfonylmethane
Methylsulfonylmethane is considered to be effective in the treatment of osteoarthritis. MSM reduces the pain and swelling in joints. Several people have found more effective in managing arthritis, especially when taken in combination with other herbs and dietary supplements.
As a dietary supplement, methylsulfonylmethane has gained popularity in recent years among people suffering from allergies, inflammations, IBS, heartburns, stress-induced health problems, chronic fatigue, muscle pain and cramps, digestive disorders.
Sulfur is in the hair, skin and nails and an intake of methylsulfonylmethane can improve problems of hair, skin and nails related to sulfur deficiency.
Published researches that have been done so far do not indicate any side-effects on the intake of methylsulfonylmethane. However, there is no data on its long-term usage.
Even though methylsulfonylmethane is a sulfur drug, it can be safely used by people who are allergic to sulfa drugs.
However, be careful of the methylsulfonylmethane product you are purchasing as several dietary supplements have been found to have harmful additives / impurities.
Dosage depends on the need for use. It is recommended that you follow the instructions on the label. However, if you do miss a dose, it is not recommended that you double your dose the next day. Just continue taking methylsulfonylmethane dose as prescribed.