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Description

MSM is an organic compound that contains a high amount of sulfur, an element that fulfills several important functions in the body, including the reduction of oxidative stress.

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Possible Benefits

  • May strengthen the immune response
  • May decrease inflammation 
  • May strengthen the joints
  • May enhance physical performance
  • May help decrease muscle soreness after exercise
  • May decrease allergy symptoms
  • May improve skin appearance
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Required Equipment

MSM supplement, capsules, or tablets

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How to Do It

Take the capsules or tablets according to the manufacturer's instructions.

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Why it works

  • MSM has a great capacity to penetrate the cell membranes and support their functioning. That is why it can optimize different recovery processes in the body. 
  • It helps to regulate the adaptive immune system when the body has been exposed to high levels of stress. 
  • MSM influences the expression of cytokines, an element involved in the body's inflammatory processes. 
  • By reducing inflammation, MSM speeds up the recovery process after exercise, making it possible to improve your performance.
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Time Commitment

1-2 minutes 

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Suggested Frequency

According to the manufacturer's instructions

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Time of Day

Any

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Possible Side Effects

Not recommended during pregnancy. May cause upset stomach, nausea, and headache.

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Tips

  • MSM is a natural compound found in foods such as beets, tomatoes, and even coffee. 
  • Biochemist Robert Herschler popularized the use of this compound in the 1980s. 
  • If you are going to get MSM from food, it is best to consume it raw. When it is cooked, the concentration of MSM decreases.
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Supporting Studies and Articles

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  1. Effects of Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) on exercise-induced oxidative stress, muscle damage, and pain following a half-marathon: a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28736511/
  2. Methylsulfonylmethane: Applications and Safety of a Novel Dietary Supplement. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5372953/
  3. Systematic review of the nutritional supplements dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) and methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) in the treatment of osteoarthritis. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18417375/
  4. Evaluating the Impacts of Methylsulfonylmethane on Allergic Rhinitis After a Standard Allergen Challenge: Randomized Double-Blind Exploratory Study. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30497995/
  5. Methylsulfonylmethane: Applications and Safety of a Novel Dietary Supplement. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5372953/
  6. Randomized, Placebo-controlled Study of a Nutraceutical Based on Hyaluronic Acid, L-carnosine, and Methylsulfonylmethane in Facial Skin Aesthetics and Well-being. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6508480/
  7. Beauty from within: Oral administration of a sulfur-containing supplement methylsulfonylmethane improves signs of skin ageing. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32083522/
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 Health  AntiAging  Immunity  Fitness
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