A Brief History of MSM

Posted on December 8, 2012

You’ve probably heard about methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) as an alternative therapy for pain, arthritis, and even epidermal scarring. What many people don’t realize is that this sulfur compound is not some “wonder drug” trend. It is a totally natural, pure mineral that is vital to the environment and to your body.

The Relationship Between DMSO and Methylsulfonylmethane

Research lab for DMSO and MSMDimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) is a common sulfur compound that occurs naturally in Earth’s atmosphere. In the 1960s, researchers Stanley Jacob and Robert Herschler at Oregon Health and Science University Medical School discovered that the compound seemed to provide relief for pain and for inflammatory and arthritic ailments. Further research proved that the mineral could be used as a treatment for a wide array of other health problems, as well as an agent for the improved absorption of nutrients.

Within ten years, DMSO had gained a large public following. It could be found everywhere, from drugstore shelves to gas stations. In 1978 it was approved by the FDA as a treatment for severe bladder infections. Since it has no detrimental side effects, the only apparent problem with DMSO was its strong sulfurous smell and taste.

As Jacob and Herschler continued their research, they realized that one active form of DMSO – methylsulfonylmethane – was also playing a large role in the functions of the human body. This line of study revealed that DMSO was being converted into methylsulfonylmethane by human cells so that it could be used for various cellular processes. This is what prompted scientists to replicate the oxidation of DMSO to create pure methylsulfonylmethane supplements. These supplements do not have the unpleasant sulfurous smell or taste, like DMSO does.

Results of Sulfur Compound Research

The research performed by Jacob and Herschler, as well as many others, indicates that the consumption of active sulfur compounds can relieve a number of afflictions, such as:

  • Chronic Pain
  • Inflammation
  • Arthritis
  • Overactive allergies
  • Severe scar tissue
  • Swelling in the joints due to sprains, infections, or breaks
  • Impeded blood flow due to tough, inflexible arterial walls.
  • Breakdown of cartilage tissues
  • Digestive or intestinal problems
  • Oversensitivity to medications

Where to Obtain it

Sulfur supplements can be purchased in some drugstores or health-food markets. When purchasing any supplement, make sure to read the label to check for additives that can weaken its effects. Living Clean offers a variety of pure MSM products, for both topical and oral use. Browse our product line, or learn more about methylsulfonylmethane:

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