Methylsulfonylmethanemore commonly known as MSM is a sulphur containing compound found naturally in plants. Research has shown that it can help with an array of treatments including rosacea and other inflammatory conditions.
What is MSM?
Methylsufonylmethane comes from flaxseeds. It is an oxidised form of dimethyl sulfoxide, an organic compound found in flaxseeds. But what are the health benefits of MSM? There are 4
The key health benefits of MSM
It has an anti-inflammatory effect and has been associated with increasing the levels of glutathione, a potent antioxidant. This anti-inflammatory action helps to reduce the impact of joint pain from degenerative diseases such as arthritis and rheumatism. It also helps to preserve cartilage, the flexible tissue that protects the end of the bones in joints.
There are other areas where MSM may help to reduce inflammation:
• Leaky gut syndrome
• Muscle cramps
Boosts skin and hair health
The skin and hair contain a protein called keratin. As keratin is a sulphur based compound MSM supports the health of skin hair and nails. MSM has also been linked to reducing inflamed skin, including redness and rosacea.
Helps to improve immunity
Sulphur compounds help to play a role in supporting the immune system and may help to boost levels of glutathione. Glutathione is considered to be a key antioxidant and important for detoxification.
It helps to combat stress levels
MSM works in a similar way to an adaptogenic herb by helping our body to deal with stress. It works the body to recover from stressful situations and exercise. It may help to speed up post recovery from surgical procedures.
Where is MSM found in the body:
• Our adrenal cortex where our hormone system helps to regulate our response to stress.
• The cerebal spinal fluid.
• It also works to support the connective tissue.
How can you get MSM in your diet?
MSM is naturally found in cruciferous vegetables (cabbage, broccoli, bok choy, cauliflower etc) and eggs. However, cooking and other food processing destroys the natural sulphur content of these foods.
The easiest way to ensure that you are getting MSM in your diet is to add a supplement. This will help to accelerate healing and ‘detox’ the body including reduce inflammation in the skin. Get your daily dose of MSM in our Skin Perfecting complex.