Pure MSM (Methyl Sulphonyl Methane) Crystals
We recommend using MSM in conjunction with a soluble Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) in a twice daily drink for the best results. It is usual to have to wait around 4 weeks before the benefits start to be felt. This time lag is quite normal when using natural supplements. MSM and Vitamin C are both used by the body to make new connective tissue (collagen) which supports the joints; organic sulphur is also found in substantial quantities in healthy cartilage.
The Basic Story of MSM
The workers in the pulping section of the paper making industry always said they felt really great when at work, but felt less well if they were put in a different section or were on holiday and then felt better again when back in the pulping section. So eventually someone decided to do some research. The first thing they noticed was a run-off liquid that the deer used to come and drink. The assumption was that this was water but when tested it was found to be organic sulphur or DMSO, the fore-runner of MSM. This was used on race horses (a trainers secret weapon to keep the limbs strong) and then by athletes who found it really useful for them by reducing recovery time and strengthening the body. Organic sulphur helps build new strong healthy cells in the body. The only problem was that with DMSO, when it came out in the perspiration, it had a very strong smell. So by adding an atom of oxygen the smell was taken away and MSM was born.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why do our bodies need organic sulphur?
Sulphur is a major ingredient of our important amino acids - the building blocks of proteins and connective tissue, such as collagen. Proteins provide the structural raw materials for our ongoing renewal processes.
Don't we get sulphur in our diet?
Yes, but only in very small amounts. It is not one of the minerals replaced in modern farming. What little there is in fresh food is often lost in freezing, processing and cooking.
Where does MSM come from?
It is made from a liquid called DMSO, which comes from trees during paper-making.
How do I take MSM?
Dissolve the crystals in water to make a simple twice daily drink.
How long does it take to work?
It can take between 2 and 4 weeks before improvements may be felt.
Can I take MSM alongside my normal medication?
Yes, because MSM is natural and is metabolised normally. You should not stop your regular medication without consulting your doctor.
I take Glucosamine - is MSM any better?
Most people who have tried both swear by MSM. Some people take both and many seem to drop the glucosamine, once they have tried MSM, possibly due to the higher cost.