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MSM Nails | MSM and Hair Growth | Study of Sulfur Supplement on Hair and Nails

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MSM Nails | MSM crystals help hair and nails

Organic Sulfur, also known as MSM crystals

Organic Sulfur, commonly known as MSM, is a popular dietary supplement with an array of documented benefits. One area of particular interest is that of hair and nail growth. This topic is gaining more interest as research starts to look into the effects of diet on your body's appearance. 

Can MSM help with Nails and Hair? 

Yes, according to a 2019 study published in Natural Medicine Journal which followed 63 individuals over 4 months of use. Subjects in this study were found to have improved hair and nail conditions as determined by expert graders and self-assessment examination. 

The Study's Results

This study was comprised of two groups, one receiving 1 gram of MSM crystals and the other receiving 3 grams of the same product. Subjects were instructed to take their dosage daily for 4 months. Furthermore, subjects were instructed to avoid using any other additional hair or nail treatment products for the length of this study. 

An outside group of experts performed a visual inspection of the subject's hair shine, volume, overall health, and split ends. This inspection was performed at the start of the study, then again at weeks 4, 8, 12, and 16. At those same time intervals, subjects were asked to fill out a self-questionnaire covering the same topics.

Furthermore, both experts and subjects were asked to rate nail shine and overall appearance at the start of the study, then again at weeks 2, 4, and 8. 

The results of this study are very encouraging! 

Hair Results

In the group supplementing with 3 grams of MSM per day, experts rated a statistically significant increase in hair shine in as short as 4 weeks (from baseline to the first follow up inspection). Amazingly, these results continued to improve to the point that they were 22.9% improved at 12 weeks and 29.7% improved at 16 weeks. The group supplementing with 1 gram of MSM per day also showed significant improvements beginning at the 8 week follow up, and reached a 16% improvement in shine at 16 weeks. 

Both groups seemed to benefit from their Organic Sulfur supplementation in grading of hair volume as well. Again, statistical significance in improvement could be found in as short as 8 weeks, with improvements noted throughout the length of the study. At the 16 week follow-up, experts had graded hair volume as improving 22.4% in the larger dosage group (3 g per day), and 9.9% in the smaller dosage group (1 g per day). 

MSM for hair growth results

The overall healthy appearance of hair also improved, but interestingly enough, the lower dosage group actually recorded better scores in this category. 

MSM Nail Facts about Dosage

For the final category of scoring on hair, that of split ends, there were no statically significant findings reported. However, self assessment scores from the subjects themselves seemed to suggest that users were pleased with their results as only 1 individual from the larger dosage group, and 2 individuals from the smaller dosage group seemed to suggest their split ends hadn't improved. 

Nail Results

There were statistically significant gains in nail shine and nail overall appearance in as short as 2 weeks of supplementation from both dosage groups. After 8 weeks, nail shine for the 3 grams per day dosage group improved an amazing 54.5%, compared to a, still amazing, 40% improvement in the 1 gram per day group. 

Overall nail appearance was graded to have achieved a 38.9% improvement in the larger dosage group and a 31% improvement in the smaller dosage group by the end of tracking at 8 weeks. 

In addition, most users suggested that their nails appeared to be healthier and stronger in their self assessment scores. 

MSM Nails | Results of MSM Organic Sulfur supplementation

Recommended MSM Dosage

The results from this study suggest that supplementing with Organic Sulfur, or MSM, may significantly increase your hair shine, volume, and overall appearance. Additionally, your nails may appear to have more shine and an improved overall appearance. These results were achieved with both 1 gram and 3 grams of dosage. However, results seemed to be achieved at a quicker rate, and to a better level when supplementing with 3 grams of MSM. 

We're proud to offer two versions of our MSM Organic Sulfur. One packaged in a bag as loose MSM crystals, and one as MSM capsules

Buy MSM crystals from No Boundaries Health and Wellness

If you have specific questions regarding the dosage of this product, we encourage you to ask your primary healthcare provider since everyone's situation is different. 

Learn how to use our MSM crystals to make a DIY MSM Lotion

Visit our blog to read more about additional Organic Sulfur Benefits achieved with supplementation. You can also read more about using MSM for hair growth

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NBH&W Admin
NBH&W Admin

No Boundaries Health and Wellness started with two passionate doctors of physical therapy. Using their knowledge of science, and harnessing their passion to positively impact their patients' health and wellness journeys, they created the foundation of our company. Years later, No Boundaries Health and Wellness continues their focus on providing proven MSM Organic Sulfur products, and valuable wellness information our customers can benefit from. Thank you, for letting us join you on your health and wellness journey!

4 Responses

No Boundaries Health and Wellness
No Boundaries Health and Wellness

February 26, 2022

Hi Martha, thank you for your question. MSM Organic Sulfur has been proven to be very safe, even in very high dosages. We also know through research that your body is able to excrete it via urination, so it’s not building up high levels within your body (this is also why we recommend consistent use when supplementing with it). We, of course, recommend that you monitor your health, and follow up with your healthcare provider if you have any concerns since we are not able to provide specific medical advice.

We do have a short blog available that speaks to potential side effects available here:

Martha rogers
Martha rogers

February 26, 2022

I take 3 scoops a day. Can I take to much? How do I know if I take to much

No Boundaries Health and Wellness
No Boundaries Health and Wellness

June 14, 2021

Hi Susan,

Thank you for your comment and question. It has been primarily theorized that MSM Organic Sulfur helps to provide a healthy environment and nutrition for these structures to grow. It may be possible that in 8 weeks, such an environment has been created. However, the truth is that we simply don’t know yet. One of the joys of science is that we continue to theorize and experiment to try to answer questions like yours. Data helps us draw conclusions and recommendations, but it often presents new questions as well. We’re sorry we can’t provide you with a more detailed response.

No Boundaries Health and Wellness

susan salier
susan salier

June 14, 2021

Hair only grows about one centimeter a month and nails take about 9 months to grow from the nail bed to trimming length. How can the MSM make a difference to hair and nails in such a short time when (I’m told) that it is dead once it leaves the growth follicle? Eight weeks seem too early to make a difference if hair has only grown 2 cm since starting on MSM.

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