Methylsulfonylmethane, in other words MSM is an important source of bio-available dietary sulphur which has a vital role in creation and regeneration of tissues. MSM supplements are used for pain, inflammation, allergies, arthritis, and the maintenance of normal keratin levels in hair, skin and nails. Recent reports support MSM supplements effective role in the treatment arthritis and seasonal allergic rhinitis. Human blood contains MSM in small amounts and it is also found in many foods including egg, milk, vegetables and meat. MSM mineral breaks down so easily that cooking will destroy them. This forces us to go for MSM supplements.
There is no safety issues associated with MSM supplementation. There are evidences that support MSM supplementation even in pregnant women. The user should check the quality of MSM supplements and those who have heart and liver disease and who are currently using blood thinning drugs should consult a doctor before starting MSM supplementation.
MSM is available in the form of capsules, powder, tablets, lotion and gel. MSM powder is absorbed into the body quicker than MSM capsules. So MSM powder is suggested for people who suffer from acid reflux, heartburn and constipation. The recommended dosage for general maintenance and health is around 2 grams a day. The dosage ranges from 250 mg to 2,250 mg daily. Higher doses should be used to get therapeutic effects. 3 to 4 grams of MSM can be supplemented to reduce allergic symptoms of sneezing, runny nose, and burning eyes during pollen season. Divided doses are recommended if the MSM dose is high.