MSM in a nutshell
MSM has been popular for many years as a natural means of relieving pain. It can help reduce the use of prescription painkillers and anti-inflammatories known to cause adverse effects.
What is MSM?
MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane) is a source of natural sulfur that is essential for the normal functioning of the body and its structure. MSM is naturally present in many foods and is found in our body fluids and tissues. Sulfur is a mineral used by proteins and connective tissues that make up the mass of our body. Enzymes need it to perform thousands of biochemical reactions. The body can absorb and use MSM easily.
How does MSM work?
MSM is an analgesic that relieves pain by reducing inflammation. It is a cholinesterase inhibitor, an enzyme that helps decrease the excessive transfer of nerve impulses from one nerve cell to another.
Inflammation or injury often causes muscle spasms. Muscle spasm involves sudden contraction followed by pain and impaired function. MSM produces a muscle relaxant effect. When measured by electromyography, the muscles are more relaxed and the area is less sensitive.
MSM provides sulfur to amino acids and other proteins and ends up in the collagen of joints, skin and blood vessels. It also finds its way into the keratin of hair and nails.
Why is sulfur so important?
Sulfur is very important. All body tissues contain sulfur, especially muscles and bones. Sulfur is necessary for the production of collagen, the first constituent of cartilage and connective tissue. The main role of sulfur lies in the formation of proteins. It helps the connective tissues to hold tightly together. Sulfur is vital because proteins can not hold their molecular structure without the sulfuric bonds.
When the body is suffering from a pathology, it tries to self-repair and if the necessary elements are not available, it must draw on other resources. When we take care of giving our body the sulfur it needs, it can repair itself and stay healthy, but when sulfur is not provided, some pathologies can develop.