SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

March 31, 2013

MSM health’s Missing Link

(From Dr Mercola, an interesting interview with Rod Benjamin who has worked for years on MSM and DMSO and in this informative talk describes the background and relationship between the two. I am fascinated as I have taken MSM since 1994, crediting it with help for my  fairly good hair, nails and skin aside from the good genes from my parents.

But after watching this interview, I intend to increase my dosage.  I have been taking a generous 1/2 tsp daily (in my shake if I have one along with my Vitamin C crystals – 2K mg (1/2 tsp) Mr. Benjamin says 1 tsp is = to about 3 grms and the usual dosage is from 1 1/2  to 6 grams.  It is not toxic at any dosage. . .so I think I need to double at least.   Had no idea it was supposed to be such help with inflammation.  The way our crops are grown now, we probably aren’t getting much if any sulfur from our food and heaven knows we need it. 

You may want to check out the printed script below the video.  It is good information to keep.   be well,  Jan)

MSM Health Benefits May Be Related to Its Sulfur Content

MSM Benefits Could This Be the Crucial Missing Link for Detoxification and Fighting Inflammation?    MSM Benefits
This nutrient, increasingly hard to find in food today, plays an essential role in the production of glutathione – one of your body’s key antioxidants. And detoxification can’t happen without it. If you suffer from chronic inflammatory conditions, sore muscles and achy joints, look no further…

Story at-a-glance

  • The clinical use of sulfur as an adjunct in our diet is becoming progressively more recognized as an important tool for optimizing health. MSM is already well-known for its joint health benefits, but may also be helpful for other conditions related to chronic inflammation and damage due to oxidation
  • MSM, which is a metabolite of DMSO approved for use in humans, primarily impacts your health by reducing inflammation. It’s widely used as a supplement for arthritic conditions. Like DMSO, MSM also appears to improve cell wall permeability, so it can be used to help deliver other active ingredients
  • MSM may be providing a missing link for optimal health, which appears to be related to sulfur. MSM is 34 percent sulfur by weight, but it is more than just a simple sulfur donor. It also affects sulfur metabolism in the human body, although it’s still not entirely clear how
  • Sulfur also plays a critical role in detoxification, as it is part of one of the most important antioxidants that your body produces: glutathione. Without sulfur, glutathione cannot work
  • Toxicity studies have shown that MSM is extremely safe and can be taken at very high doses. Even if you have a very rich diet full of raw vegetables and MSM-rich foods, you can still supplement and not hit that toxicity level. Clinical research studies have found that the effective amounts range from about 1.5 grams to 6 grams

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