What is MSM?

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MSM stands for methylsulfonylmethane.  It is a sulfur-based compound and is naturally found in foods such as milk, onions, garlic and green vegetables.  MSM is the 3rd largest compound found in the human body with water and salt being numbers 1 and 2.

In the medical community, MSM has been traditionally used to treat pain, bone and joint diseases such as osteoarthritis and tendonitis.  The side effect is………….HAIR GROWTH!  The main ingredient in MSM is sulfur which is one of the principle building blocks of hair and nails.  It is theorized that MSM increases hair growth potential by lengthening the growth phase (anagen phase) of the hair cycle.

MSM strengthens hair and nails.  Collagen and keratin are both critical for the production of healthy hair and nails.  MSM is a bona fide “beauty mineral” that provides the sulfur needed to produce collagen and keratin.  It is highly noted to contribute to exceptional strength and thickness of the hair and nails, which can be noticed in just a couple weeks of consistent use.

MSM is also regarded for the following:

  • Improving the health and complexion of the skin.
  • Detoxifying the body by making the cells more permeable, thereby allowing nutrients and water to flow freely into the cells.
  • Improving flexibility.
  • Accelerating healing by increasing the body’s ability to eliminate waste products at the cellular level.
  • Naturally increases energy.
  • Acting as a powerful anti-inflammatory.
  • Helps to maintain a proper PH balance.
  • Increases oxygen availability.
  • Helps to reduce inflammation and swelling.

You can find MSM supplements at any local health food store or pharmacy.  I personally order mine at www.iherb.com (enter code KEM017 to get a discount).  However getting MSM in its most natural form from your food is always the better choice this however is sometimes not as easy to do.  I add MSM to my conditioning, rewetting spray and also drink it in orange juice as a supplement.  Even though MSM can be naturally obtained through a healthy diet, the MSM content in food can be diminished through the cooking process and other factors.

MSM is also used to treat a variety of conditions including.

  • Muscle and bone problems
  • Chronic pain
  • Hay fever
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Snoring
  • Stretch marks
  • Wrinkles
  • Dental disease
  • Upset stomach
  • Constipation
  • PMS
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Type 2 diabetes

Although there is no recommended daily allowance for MSM, high doses may cause nausea, diarrhea, bloating, fatigue, headaches, insomnia, itching or worsening of allergy symptoms in some individuals.  MSM is considered safe for most people however not much in the medical literature is known about its safety during pregnancy and breast-feeding.  If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, it would be wise to consult your physician before taking this or any other supplement.

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