MSM in powder form
Core MSM+ contains pure MSM in powder form with added vitamin C for optimal absorption. Vitamin C also contributes to normal collagen formation, which is important for normal function of the cartilage, skin, and bone structure. Perfect for those who like to stay active. MSM may have a slightly bitter taste but usually goes well with sweet-tangy drinks, such as orange juice or blackcurrant juice.
- With vitamin C for optimal absorption
- Good for collagen formation
- Naturally present in the body's tissues
MSM is organic sulphur, found naturally in the body's tissues. About 0.25% of our body weight consists of sulphur, which is mainly found in cartilage, tendons, muscles, bones, skin, hair, and nails.
Much of the fresh food we eat contains MSM, but those who wish to increase their intake can choose between MSM in concentrated capsule or powder form. MSM in powder form is the most common and popular way to take MSM as a dietary supplement. With powder, you can easily dose and adjust the amount, which is especially good in the beginning, as your stomach may need some time to get used to the supplement.
More on MSM
MethylSufonylMethane, also abbreviated MSM, is an organic sulfur that is found naturally in the body's bones and connective tissue. MSM supplements are therefore common to maintain joint mobility or maintain a healthy hair and skin quality.
- What is MSM?
- What does MSM do in the body?
- How should MSM be used, and what studies are available?
What is MSM?
Methylsulfonylmethane is abbreviated to MSM and is a sulfur compound found in the body. The protein collagen and keratin contains sulfur, and this is what forms the basis of all connective tissue, cartilage, the skeleton, hair and skin. MSM is therefore sometimes seen as a beauty mineral as it is used for the purpose of maintaining a healthy hair and skin quality. However, the most common use for MSM as a supplement is to maintain joint mobility.
What does MSM do in the body?
MSM has several functions that also affect other substances in the body.
The uptake of several B vitamins is affected by the amount of sulfur available in the body. Among other things, vitamin B7, biotin, needs sulfur for maximum absorption, something that is especially interesting to those who use biotin for their hair.
MSM is also used in the production of new cells in the body and in the production of several enzymes, amino acids and neurotransmitters. The production of dopamine, our most important neurotransmitter in the central nervous system, is dependent on MSM to function. Dopamine is part of our reward system and makes us feel happy and satisfied.
How should MSM be used, and what studies are available?
Much of the fresh food we eat contains MSM. For those who want to increase their intake, it is also available in concentrated capsule and powder form. The powder can also be used topically and together with ointment that is applied directly to the skin, where it is believed to be able to help with damaged skin, something that has not yet been clinically confirmed.
If you want to test a supplement of MSM, you should start with half a dose, as it can have cleansing effects. Gradually, you can slowly go up to a full daily dose of around a teaspoon. The slightly bitter taste can be remedied with a glass of juice or another tasty drink. MSM is considered one of nature's least toxic substances and can be taken without breaks.
In one of several attempts* to demonstrate the effects of MSM on joints, a study was conducted with 49 women and men who all suffered from osteoarthritis of the knee. For twelve weeks, half of the study participants received 1.125 grams of MSM three times a day, which is slightly less than the recommended daily dose for a supplement. A placebo was given to the remaining participants during the same period. In clinical trials, participants' stiffness, perceived pain, and physical function in the knee were periodically examined. After the test period, the results showed that the individuals who received MSM had an improved function and reduced pain compared to before the test period than the control group. Many studies have been performed with similar results, but more research is needed to be able to ensure exactly if and how MSM affects our joints and ligaments.
The only way to know for sure if it can have any effects for you is to test yourself for a period of time. The dosage may vary slightly between individuals, so it is best to try it out.
*Efficacy of methylsulfonylmethane supplementation on osteoarthritis of the knee: a randomized controlled study, E.M. Debbi, G. Agar, G. Fichman, Y.B. Ziv, R. Kardosh, N. Halperin, A. Elbaz, Y. Beer, R. Debi, BMC Complement Altern Med, 2011.