Today I want to tell you all about MSM, One of my daily supplements! I’m so happy to have found out about this stuff, so naturally I wanted to share with all of you!
MSM a.k.a. Methyl-sulfonyl-methane is an organic sulfur compound. It can be found in many foods including meat and vegetables.
“Sulfur plays an important role in the production of glutathione—one of the most important antioxidants that your body produces. Glutathione also serves important functions for detoxification. Without sulfur, glutathione cannot work. So, while not an antioxidant by itself, part of MSM’s action is to improve your body’s ability to make its own antioxidants.”
MSM is an all-round amazing supplement to take. It can help you reduce overall stress, balance your blood sugar, help with allergies and asthma as well as reduces muscle pain, cramps and headaches. That’s already a good enough reason for me to take it! But let’s not stop there. Check out the most important 5 benefits of MSM.
Sulfur is one of the most important nutrients that our body needs. It’s present in amino acids which are the building blocks of protein.
2. Bones and Joints
- Improves joint flexibility
- Reduces pain and swelling
- Reduces stiffness
- Improving circulation
- Improving cell vitality
3. Real Detox
MSM increases the permeability of your cells which basically means that cells are more efficient in flushing out excess fluids and toxins. This improves the overall function of your cells membranes
4. Skin & Hair
MSM produces a lot of collagen and keratin, and we all knowthat both of those play a huge role to having healthy hair and nails. MSM is known to help strengthen, thicken and grown your nails and hair super-fast.
Skin wise MSM is known to help with eczema, acne, dandruff and other skin problems.
When our cells function better overall, they absorb nutrients much easier which in turn reduces the amount of energy spent on digesting food. This means more energy can be redirected towards activity and healing.
To be honest, it’s always best for you to get all your vitamins and nutrition from organic whole foods. But the questions with sulfur is – how do we obtain our needed sulfur from food grown in depleted soils?
Sulfur is found in over 150 different compounds within the human body. There are sulfur components in virtually every type of cell, so it’s extremely important. *
If you don’t have enough sulfur in your diet, you won’t be able to produce glutathione, which is extremely important to remove heavy metals and toxins.
So you want to stick to whole foods? The amounts of sulfur in these food are little compared to the amount in supplements but if you’re against taking supplements, then here is the list for you. Foods containing sulfur:
- Raw Milk
- Bone Broth
- Tea and coffee
And for vegetarians/vegans:
- Brassicas – cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, bok choy, etc
- Alliums – Onions, shallots, garlic, leek
Also, it’s good to remember that MSM is very soluble and turns into gas very easily, so to ensure you are getting the most from your foods, make sure they are raw or minimally processed as possible.
The massive change I saw when I started taking MSM was how fast my hair started to grow. I started getting compliments and everyone was wondering what I was doing to get my hair long so fast. Now I have no problem going to the salon for a trim, because I know it will grow back in no time.
I haven’t noticed any other effects, though I’d love if it would help with my overall stress! I’m happy overall though.
The MSM I use is a fine white powder and super soluble so I usually mix it in with my morning water, juice or tea. I know some people think it has a bit of a bitter taste, so if you’re scared of that, just mix it in with juice.
Let me know if any of you use MSM as a supplement and what benefits you have seen! I’d love to know.
And please remember to always consult your doctor before you add any supplements to your diet!