Sulfur, the human body’s fourth most abundant mineral, cannot be naturally stored within the body. We therefore rely upon our ability to consume enough sulfur within our daily diet to keep us healthy. Sulfur is integral to many processes within the body as it helps in amino acid production, giving proteins their shape and oxygen transport across cell membranes, all fundamental mechanisms within the physiology of the human body.
Sulfur is essential for a healthy body and is now known for providing many benefits, most notably for its ability to support overall joint and cartilage health. Other benefits identified in research include enhanced energy levels, reduction of allergy symptoms as well as providing healthier skin, hair and nails.
Within joints, sulfur can help to strengthen the tissues that make up joints, making it very important to overall joint health and recovery. More scientifically, research has shown that cartilage and joint integrity is a sulfur-dependent state as certain molecules within joints are linked between two sulfur atoms. As we age, the sulfur content of cartilage decreases which appears to correlate with the degeneration of overall joint health, often times called arthritis.
One study has shown that Organic Sulfur supplementation resulted in a 33% reduction in pain, as well as improvements in joint mobility, swelling, global evaluation, and walking time. MSM has anti-inflammatory properties without some of the dangerous side effects NSAIDs may present with such as increased risk of stroke, heart attack, or gastrointestinal bleeding.
An additional study showed significant reduction in pain as measured by the Western Ontario and McMaster University Osteoarthritis Index visual analogue scale (WOMAC), an outcome measure commonly used in rehabilitation clinics treating arthritis pain.
Many MSM users describe an improvement in recovery from exercise. Utilized correctly, this allows for faster physical gains by limiting time off. MSM appears to work as an antioxidant, limiting damage from free radicals found within the body.
Studies suggest that MSM Organic Sulfur may play a vital role in maximizing skin care by providing support for the structural integrity of skin, improving its firmness and elasticity which helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
MSM Organic Sulfur is a rich source of sulfur—a key component of both collagen and keratin. Collagen is the foundation of our skin, making up 70% of its dry weight. Likewise, keratin is the vital structural component of both hair and nails.
In addition, MSM powder appears to be non-irritating allowing for users to mix it into their favorite lotions or creams. Learn how to make a MSM cream on this blog.
Studies continues to support the role of MSM acting as an anti-inflammatory agent. Systemic inflammation is a condition that leads to many chronic health conditions. Supplementation can help your body maintain an appropriate level of cellular regeneration, an important role for health immunity. Organic Sulfur can also aid cellular detoxification, and aid in production of the immunity stimulant glutathione.
A preliminary study found that MSM Organic Sulfur supplementation helped reduce symptoms in people clinically diagnosed with allergies. Subjects reported improved respiratory symptoms throughout their time supplementing with Organic Sulfur. Moreover, there have not been any reported cases of allergic reactions to MSM Organic Sulfur in medical literature, showing safety for those with allergies.