MSM! One of my favorites, and it should be yours too!
MSM also known as Methylsulfonlymethane. It is a biological sulfur found in all plants, soils, fruits, vegetables, fish, poultry, eggs, meats and milk.
Sulfur is essential in your bodies continual process in rebuilding of all your cells. Sulfur is a potent and much needed building block for improving and achieving optimal health. MSM provides our bodies with the sulfur it needs in order to create a perfect environment for optimal vitamin, amino acids, and collagen.
Sulfur also has a role in tissue breathing. This is a process where oxygen, as well as other substances, are recruited to build cells and release energy.
In current, multiple research projects and clinical trails it has been discovered that MSM can be ingested by all tested organisms in almost unlimited amounts without the suffering of a toxic, or adverse effect. Although MSM is in the sulfur family, there is a clear difference between MSM and sulfa drugs. MSM does not have the same contraindications, or allergy reactions. It also does not cause gas or body odor.
So what exactly does it do?
MSM makes the wall of our cells permeable, more absorbable. Do to its influence on the absorbency capabilities of our cells, macro and micronutrients are allowed to enter into our cells more fluidly. Some of these essential nutrients include water, vitamins, and mineral.
Another interesting fact. The most common and popularly known building blocks of the body are amino acids. Amino acids are sulfur binding, and play a very important role in the production of hormones and important enzymes that regulate our systems activities.
Another interesting fact. The mineral Sulfur is found in very high concentrations in all of our body tissues. Nearly half of the body’s total sulfur concentration is in our muscles, and the other half in our brain, hair, skin, and bones. Sulfur has an important relationship with protein. Sulfur is found in the amino acids methionine, cystine, and cysteine. These amnio acids are known as the sulfur bearing amino acids. And if you know anything about fitness, and muscle building, you know that amino acids are the building blocks of protein. I hope this is beginning to help you understand the need and the greatness of MSM.
Methionine is absolutely essential to health. This means either you eat enough of the foods high in MSM or you must supplement in order to suffer from deficiencies. Inadequate amounts of protein in our diets will account for the lack of organic sulfur needed for optimal health. PROTEIN CONTAINS SULFUR, CARBS AND FATS DO NOT!!
If you take supplements it is important to understand that co-enzyme 10 locks with MSM. So in order for your body to take full advantage of this nutrient, you must take MSM with it. Other vitamins, minerals, and acids that lock with MSM are vitamins A, D, and E, Pantothenic acid, inter-enzymes, amino acids, germanium, calcium, selenium, and this is not a complete list. Maybe you should just take MSM to be sure……ya think?
Low values of MSM in our bodies has been known to cause unspecified complaints of fatigue, depression, elevated sensitivity to physical and psychological stress.
Many athlete use MSM because they have discovered it’s amazing anti-inflammatory abilities, and helps in the general recovering, as well as joint recovering and maintained health. It is also known for helping with muscle pain and cramps.
MSM can be a contributor to enhancing muscle gain and recovery by inhibiting toxic buildup caused by exercise, and increasing nutrient absorption (due to the increased permeability of the cells) promoting the building of collagen, and optimal health in muscles, and joints.
Another way it can help the athletically minded is by assisting in the uptake of glucose into the cells, unleashing available energy as a component of insulin.
MSM has been shown to help with chronic pain. The following list the many ways pain is alleviated by MSM:
MSM blocks the transfer of pain impulses through nerve fibers
MSM is a great anti-inflammatory. It also enhances the activity of cortisol, a organic anti-inflammatory hormone produced by the body. Of course too much cortisol is not good. But that is another article. To keep your levels in a good place make sure you sleep, you keep stress low, exercise, keep drinking to a minimum, do not skip meals, keep a diet of whole grains, protein and good fats
MSM enhances the cells ability to absorb nutrients, vitamins, and in turn eliminate waste within the cell
MSM relaxes the muscles.
MSM slows down and aids in the restoration of collagen cross-linking. Cross-linking is a process in the formation of scar tissue. Scar tissue is often hard and painful
MSM is a blood vessel dilator. This enhance blood circulation. This speeds up elimination of waste and speeds up the healing process.
Also, find below a few other amazing properties and characteristic of MSM:
MSM is also a very powerful anti-oxidant.
MSM is also known for dissolving organic and inorganic compounds, aiding in detoxification.
MSM aids in in managing stress.
MSM has been known to help the skin and hair smooth and glossy.
MSM has been shown to improve mental alertness.
MSM has been shown to help eliminate constipation.
MSM has been shown to eliminate snoring.
MSM may reduce headaches, cramps, and muscle pain induced by hormonal changes,
Imbalances (like PMS).
You should start by taking 1000 mg of MSM twice a day. After a week and once you know your system can tolerate this dosage you can move to three dose of 1000 mg split through out the day. After a month or two at this level you can add another dose. There is no published toxicity known. So even dosages higher than what is suggested have been administered with not adverse side effect.
It also would be best if you take Vitamin C with each dose. 500 mg of vitamin C with each dose of MSM will suffice. This makes the MSM more effective, and efficient.
As a final note. Please do your research, investigate. Learn about the things you ingest. Their benefits, and possible adverse side effects. Don’t just believe everything you read, even if I wrote it. Research, read, learn, grow, improve, and be happy!