Minerals and why we need them
Sulphur ( sulfur )
MSM is a prime source of bio-available sulphur which is lost from our food by processing, drying, cooking and preserving. Sulphur is an important mineral and plays many roles in the body, including the stimulation of the growth of healthy skin, hair and nails.
It is needed by the body for healthy connective tissues, joint function, proper enzyme activity and hormone balance, along with the proper function of the immune system. Sulphur depletion in connective tissue is known to lead to problems.
Because sulphur plays such a major role in these healthy body functions, it has been found that supplementation with MSM improves many health problems such as allergies, asthma, emphysema, lung dysfunction, arthritis, head aches, skin problems, stomach problems, digestive tract problems, circulation, cell osmosis and absorption.
Sulphur makes cell walls permeable, allowing water and nutrients to flow into cells and allowing wastes and toxins to flow out. Together with vitamin C, it is used in the body to build healthy new cells. Sulphur provides the flexible bond between amino acids in proteins. Without sulphur, the new cell is not permeable, and osmosis is hampered. These cells can then lose their flexibility as seen by scar tissue, wrinkles, varicose veins and hardened arteries. Sulphur enhances oxygen transport and is used to increase athletic stamina and eliminate sore muscles, it also increases the ability of the body to eliminate wastes and toxins from the cells.
The exact mechanisms of how MSM works are still being identified in ongoing, scientific research; however, scientific studies have now confirmed that MSM is a safe and effective anti-inflammatory agent. It may also contribute to the integrity of joint cartilage and other connective tissue.
In animal research conducted in Japan, MSM was found to act as an immunomodulator, preventing the immune system from mounting dangerous, autoimmune responses to noxious stimuli. It also prevented local inflammation to a significant enough degree as to halt an autoimmune reaction at the genetic stage of induction. It appears to affect autoimmune responses, such as the immune system's development of antibodies against its own tissues.
MSM has been shown to inhibit the development of abnormal antibodies to collagen, and to prevent production of rheumatoid factor and antinuclear antibodies.
Though the pain relieving properties of MSM are well known, mechanisms by which it accomplishes this are still under investigation. MSM most likely inhibits inflammatory prostaglandins and leukotrienes, hormone like substances that create inflammatory responses in the body associated with pain production.
MSM is a useful dietary supplement but may not be suitable for people with serious medical conditions, and in such cases professional, medical advice should be sought.
Note that some people are sensitive to sulphur containing foods and chemicals, see more about this problem here
Symptoms associated with sulphur deficiency
Scar tissue - wrinkles - damaged skin - lung dysfunction - diabetes - sore joints and muscles - ulcers - migraine headaches - allergic reactions - candida albacans - infections - chronic fatigue - high cholesterol - diverticulosis.Side effects associated with excess MSM
Shortness of breath (feelings of lack of oxygen) - headaches - thirst - anxiety (especially before sleeping).Best food sources
Eggs - shellfish - nuts - garlic - onions - broccoli - cabbage.