MSM is a chemical found in plants, animals, and humans. MSM is an important source of sulfur, but also has unique properties related to its chemical structure and biological activities. Following calcium and phosphorus, sulfur is the third most abundant mineral in the body. Nearly half of all sulfur is contained in muscular tissue, skin, and bones.
Sulfur bonds are the key factors that hold proteins in shape, and determine the form, properties, and biological activities of proteins. Research has demonstrated that the soft, connective tissue, the extracellular matrix that surrounds cells, serves more than simply structural and connective purposes. It also is important in the transport of nutrients, electrolytes, signal compounds and atomic and subatomic particles.
Some research suggests that there is a minimum concentration of MSM that must be maintained in the body to preserve normal physiological function and the molecular structure of our musculoskeletal systems. Sulfur bonds are the key factors that hold proteins in shape, and determine the form, properties, and biological activities of proteins. Perhaps the most remarkable discovery regarding MSM is that it is an effective pain killer.
MSM works for many types of chronic pain. It blocks the transfer of pain impulses through nerve fibers. MSM blocks inflammations and inflammatory processes. MSM enhances the activity of cortisol, a natural anti-inflammatory hormone produced by the body. MSM is a muscle relaxant. This is an important and often overlooked benefit of MSM. Many chronic pains are aggravated by chronic muscle tension in the body.
MSM aids the natural defense mechanisms in the body by regulating the prostaglandin metabolism, and regulates the formation of antibodies and immune complexes. MSM improves the permeability of cell membranes. This improves the uptake of nutrients and many vitamins and the elimination of waste products and excess cellular fluids. MSM dilates blood vessels, enhancing the blood circulation. This, too, helps to eliminate waste products from the body, which speeds up healing.
The types of pain which have been treated successfully with MSM include:
Personal injury due to accidents, burns, etc., Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis Fibromyalgia, Lower back pains, Headaches, migraines, Muscle aches, Bursitis, Tennis elbows and other sports injuries, Carpal Syndrome, Sclerosis, Whiplash, Scars due to burns, operations, accidents, etc.
Deficiencies in biological sulfur can result in the less optimal functioning of each cell, tissue and organ in the body. Organic, biologically active sulfur is therefore extremely important for the health of every living organism. MSM is the natural source of biological sulfur to which we are adapted through our evolution.
As many people notice later in life, the flexible tissues lose their elastic properties. Due to the volatile nature of MSM, it is rapidly lost when consumables are heated during food preparation or pasteurization.MSM is also lost when vegetables and fruit are frozen for a lengthy period of time, or when they are irradiated. MSM is also excreted daily through urine.