The MSM Story-One of Nature's Primary Sources
of Organic Dietary Sulfur! The human body requires a continuous
supply of usable sulfur, and MSM is one of the primary organic
sulfur-containing molecules for use by living organisms. From
life's earliest beginnings, primitive marine organisms
(blue-green algae and phytoplankton) have absorbed inorganic
sulfur from ocean waters and produced organic sulfur molecules,
primarily dimethyl sulfonium salts. These salts are released
back into the sea, where they are converted to dimethyl sulfide,
which readily evaporates, ending up in the upper atmosphere.
Dimethyl sulfide is then oxidized by UV light, forming DMSO and
MSM. The two compounds are delivered to land masses in rain
water, and absorbed by plants. MSM is a stable end-product of
this process, and thus serves as a primary source of sulfur in
the food chain.
Though present on earth since before life
appeared on dry land, and known to science since the 1950's, MSM
has only recently been recognized as having importance in human
Why the Human Body Needs MSM MSM occurs naturally
in the blood, body fluids and tissues. It is now believed that a
minimum MSM concentration of 0.2 parts per million is necessary
for the body to function normally. MSM may be the most easily
absorbed and non-toxic source of nutritional sulfur occurring in
Sulfur is a structural mineral that maintains the
strength of various tissues by forming sulfur "tie-bars"
(sulfhydryl bonds) between connective tissue proteins. MSM
serves as a readily available source of sulfur for this
function, and thus helps maintain the pliancy of tissues and
cell membranes. Repair of damaged tissue depends upon a supply
of sulfur for continuation of reactions involving sulfhydryl
groups (-SH). Sulfur is required for the maintenance of healthy
hair, skin and nails. In view of the presence of MSM in
biological systems since the beginning of evolution, it is
logical to assume that all higher life forms, including humans
and animals, are well adapted to use MSM as a sulfur
MSM Benefits Clinical research on the role of MSM in
the human body has culminated in the filing of several patents
covering numerous uses for MSM as a dietary ingredient for both
humans and animals. As a result of these investigations, it is
believed that physical and psychological stress increases in the
human body when the MSM concentration falls below minimum
levels, resulting in a loss of normal organ function.
on observations, ingestion of MSM by humans has the following
• MSM supports maintenance of strong,
healthy body tissues by donating sulfur for formation of sulfur
tie-bars between connective tissue proteins.*
• MSM supports
normal gastrointestinal function.*
• MSM improves the body's
resistance to adverse physical stress.*
• MSM supports mental
alertness and maintenance of healthy mood.*
• MSM promotes the
body's processes that heal tissue.*
• MSM helps modify the
physiologic response to allergens.*
• MSM supports normal lung
• MSM supports normal relaxation of muscles.*
supports normal joint function.*
• MSM helps maintain healthy
Supplementation is Needed to Realize the Benefits of
MSM Widespread in nature, MSM is found in a variety of foods,
including fresh fruits and vegetables, raw milk, raw meat and
raw fish. However, MSM is a volatile substance easily lost
during cooking, pasteurization, food processing and storage. The
average American diet thus supplies at best a marginal MSM
intake, which may be inadequate to maintain the optimum MSM
concentration in the body. The body's MSM concentration is also
believed to decline with increasing age.
Recommendations Effective dosages for the various reported uses
of MSM range from 500 mg to 6 grams per day. 1000 mg per day is
recommended to restore normal MSM concentrations, while higher
doses may be necessary for specific uses.
MSM is considered
to be as non-toxic to the body as water, and is therefore
completely safe at the higher dosage levels.
statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug
Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat,
cure, or prevent any disease.
Scientific Abstracts and
1. Jacob, S., Herschler, R. Introductory remarks:
dimethyl sulfoxide after 20 years. Annals of the New York
Academy of Sciences 1983; 411:xiii-xvii.
2. Herschler, R.
Dietary and pharmaceutical uses of methylsulfonylmethane and
compositions comprising it. United States Patent 4,514,421;
April 30, 1985.
3. Herschler, R. Methylsulfonylmethane in
dietary products. United States Patent 4,616,039; October 7,
4. Sellnow, L. MSM: An Aid From Nature. The Blood Horse,
June 6, 1987:3459-3462.
5. Lawrence, R.M.
Methyl-sulfonylmethane (M.S.M.) A double-blind study of its use
in degenerative arthritis.
International Journal of Anti-Aging
Medicine 1998;1(1):50 6. Jacob, S.W., Lawrence, R.M., Zucker,
M. 1999. The Miracle of MSM. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons.