MSM is getting an increased amount of attention in the health field and the results reported are remarkable, to say the least. What is so great about this and how can it work for you? MSM (methylsulfonylmethane), or organic sulfur, is the third most prominent compound in our bodies, directly behind water and sodium. Sulfur is a mineral we receive from consuming fresh, raw foods-primarily fruits, vegetables, meat, milk and seafood. Dr. Stanley Jacob of the University of Oregon Medical School researched MSM and determined that it is as safe and as important as vitamin C in our diets.
MSM is an important ingredient in several of the critical amino acids that are the flexible bond between proteins contained in our muscles. It plays a major role in healthy body functions by making cell walls permeable, allowing nutrients and water to flow freely and toxins to be eliminated. It is essential in the stimulation of growth of connective tissues.
Our bodies are structured on a molecular level and we continually produce new cells every day. When a cell dies, a new cell takes its place. Without the needed amount of MSM, it attaches but becomes rigid. When tissues lose their flexibility, problems develop with the lungs and other parts of the body. The sulfur-containing structural protein that is found throughout the body is in the epidermis of the hair follicles, in the bronchial epithelium of the lungs, in intestinal mucosa and is extremely abundant in the nails. In fact, fingernails have more sulfur than any other part of the body.