MSM By Jo-Ann Prior

Written by Jo Ann Prior

 

The types of pain which have been treated successfully with MSM include:

• Personal injury due to accidents, burns, etc.

• Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis

• Fibromyalgia

• Lower back pains

• Headaches, migraines

• Muscle aches

• Bursitis

• Tennis elbows and other sports injuries

• Carpal Syndrome

• Sclerosis

• Whiplash

• RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury)

• Scars due to burns, operations, accidents, etc.

The way MSM impacts pain is currently explained by the following mechanisms:

• MSM is a natural analgesic: it blocks the transfer of pain impulses through nerve fibres (C-fibres).

• MSM blocks inflammations and inflammatory processes. MSM enhances the activity of cortisol, a natural anti-inflammatory hormone produced by the body.

• MSM improves the permeability of cell membranes. This improves the uptake of nutrients and many vitamins and the elimination of waste products and excess cellular fluids.

• MSM dilates blood vessels, enhancing the blood circulation. This, too, helps to eliminate waste products from the body, which speeds up healing.

• MSM is a muscle relaxant. This is an important and often overlooked benefit of MSM. Many chronic pains are aggravated by chronic muscle tension in the body.

• MSM aids the natural defence mechanisms in the body by regulating the prostaglandin metabolism, and regulates the formation of antibodies and immune complexes.

MSM slows down and restores crosslinking in collagen. Crosslinking in collagen is a natural process in scar formation, causing hard and often painful scar tissues. This may lead to chronic pain, particularly in the case of burn scars, in which large surface areas may be affected. MSM heals scar tissue, making the skin more flexible. People who have treated burn scars with a MSM ointment and seen their scars almost disappear, and have eliminated associated pains, form dramatic examples of MSM’s potency in this regard.

Taking MSM – Dosage & Tips Supplied By JoAnn
 • Start by taking 1/4 teaspoon twice per day dissolved in a glass of water (first thing in the morning and then later in the afternoon - on an empty stomach). Do this for 2 - 3 days before increasing you dose.
 • It’s important to take MSM TWICE per day.
 • Don’t take MSM too late in the day or in the evening. It can increase energy and keep you awake.
 • MSM has a great synergistic relationship with vitamin C (they work brilliantly together) so it’s a good idea to take MSM with the juice of a whole lemon (with some liquid Stevia or organic honey to sweeten if you like). This is an optional but I recommend you do this because both the lemon and the MSM are great for the liver.
 • Keep in mind that there may be some detox effects when first taking MSM. This is normal because MSM is quite a strong liver detoxer. These effects can be headaches, low energy, aches and pains and sometimes feeling sad. To minimize these effects, make sure you increase dosage very slowly to allow your body to adjust. If you do find these effects a little too much to handle, drop your dose down a little and then increase back up SLOWLY once the symptoms have gone.
 • Drink plenty of water during this initial phase and especially if experiencing these detoxing effects. The additional water will help flush the toxins being released from the liver from your body. Adding freshly squeezed lemon to your water will also help as this will assist further with neutralizing the toxins. Although these detox effects can be a little unpleasant to start with, they should not last long (a couple of days).
• After 3 - 4 days, and assuming you are not detoxifying too quick, start building up your doses SLOWLY. You may need to build up to 1 – 3 teaspoons TWICE each day over the following couple of weeks for MSM to do its magic.
 • You can take more MSM if needed – just increase slowly.
 • You cannot overdose on MSM.
 • Once you reach the point where you have been feeling the benefits of MSM but increasing your dose makes no difference, stay on that dose for a few more days and then slowly reduce until you reach a point where you feel your results starting to decrease. At this point you need to increase back up to your previous dose and this will be your ‘sweet spot’. You will need to stay on this dose.
 • MSM has a bitter taste – don’t let this distract you as the benefits can be enormous. Use Stevia or honey to sweeten if you need to.
 • It is important that once you start taking MSM you don’t stop. You need to be consistent with taking MSM.
 • I find that 80% of people taking MSM will experience the wonderful benefits this wonderful mineral supplement can provide. If, however, you find that it’s not working for you after increasing dosage up to 3 tsp twice per day, MSM might not be for you. This is okay – at least you tried. Pass it on to someone else – they might love you for this.
 • Some people feel benefits almost immediately, however, for some it may take 2-3 weeks to feel the difference – don’t give up!