MSM Supplement Improves Joints, Allergies and Gut Health

MSM supplement - Dr. Axe

What if I told you there was a so-called “miracle supplement” that could lower inflammation, fight the effects of stress and pain, raise immunity and increase energy levels? Would you be interested? Then you need to know about the MSM supplement.

MSM is used to help treat literally dozens of illnesses, painful symptoms and diseases — and, yes, it’s been called a “miracle supplement” for all it does. (1, 2) So what is an MSM supplement exactly, and do you need to take one? Let’s find out.


What are MSM Supplements?

What is MSM (methylsulfonylmethane)? It’s an organic sulfur-containing compound that’s used to improve immune function, lower inflammation and help restore healthy bodily tissue. The reason so many benefits are attributed to the MSM supplement is because MSM provides biologically active sulfur, which is the fourth most plentiful mineral in the body and needed for many different critical bodily functions every single day.


6 MSM Supplement Benefits

Commonly used topically on the skin and also taken by mouth, MSM is especially popular as part of an arthritis diet and supplementation plan to treat arthritis or osteoarthritis/degenerative joint disease since it helps form connective tissue and repair joints, tendons and ligaments.

Of course, that is just one of many MSM supplement benefits. It also does the following:

1. Treats Osteoarthritis and Joint Pain

A well-researched benefit of MSM is that it helps decrease joint inflammation, improves flexibility and restores collagen production. Research shows that many patients with arthritis, joint pain, stiffness, knee/back problems and a limited range of motion experience a reduction in symptoms and improved quality of life when taking an MSM supplement.

MSM supplements are beneficial for helping the body form new joint and muscle tissue while lowering inflammatory responses that contribute to swelling and stiffness. An MSM supplement is a natural and effective anti-inflammatory because of how sulfur impacts the immune system and facilitates normal cellular activity. Sulfur needs to be present for our cells to release many byproducts and excess fluids that can accumulate and cause swelling/tenderness.

A clinical trial testing the effects of MSM on joint pain in 118 patients with osteoarthritis found that compared to a placebo, MSM supplements taken over 12 weeks resulted in more improvements in pain, swelling and joint mobility. MSM supplements were given in 500-milligram doses three times daily along with glucosamine (also taken in 500-milligram doses three times daily). Together they both seem to safely reduce inflammation and pain intensity without causing side effects for the majority of people. (3)

That makes MSM — especially when combined with glucosamine — an excellent natural treatment for arthritis.

2. Improves Digestive Problems Like Leaky Gut Syndrome

MSM can help rebuild the lining of the digestive tract and lower inflammation/allergic reactions to certain foods. It’s also useful for healing leaky gut syndrome since it can help stop particles from leaching out the gut through small junction openings, where they can enter the bloodstream and ignite an inflammatory response. This is due in part to the sulfur in an MSM supplement, which is important for digestion. (4)

Additionally, MSM supplements seem to help treat hemorrhoids. Applying a gel containing MSM along with tea tree oil can reduce pain and swelling caused by hemorrhoids (swollen blood vessels of the rectum that make it hard to go to the bathroom without pain or bleeding). (5)

3. Repairs Skin and Treats Skin Problems Including Rosacea, Allergies, Wounds

Some research shows that applying topical cream containing MSM and silymarin helps lower inflammation contributing to rosacea, skin discoloration, allergies or slow wound healing. MSM can help improve skin’s tone, reducing redness, easing sensitivity and treating other symptoms associated with rosacea. (6)

While it hasn’t been proven in many studies, people also use MSM to hold on to a youthful appearance, since it seems to help prevent wrinkles, scar formation, dark spots and sun damage. How’s this possible? MSM is necessary for collagen production, and collagen is what helps keep skin from becoming saggy, wrinkled, cracked and dry.

Using an MSM supplement helps us hold on to precious collagen and keratin because sulfur is required for the production of these “youthful” compounds. We lose collagen and healthy tissue as we get older, which is exactly why our skin tone and elasticity suffer. You can get even more results using MSM on your skin when you combine it with other antioxidants, including vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin A, which all help build new, healthy skin cells.

 

MSM Supplement Benefits - Dr.Axe

 

4. Lowers Muscle Pain and Muscle Spasms

Good news if your someone who’s regularly active but suffers from muscle pain: Research suggests that MSM can act like a natural analgesic, helping prevent and treat muscle aches and pains, throbbing and swelling while improving range of motion and mobility. (7) It’s been shown to help muscle recovery after exercise, injuries and even surgeries — and it seems to be especially beneficial when used in conjunction with other anti-inflammatories.

How does MSM stop muscle pain? It comes back to the role of sulfur in the body, which is largely stored inside tissues that make up our muscles and joints. MSM helps repair the rigid fibrous tissue cells in our muscles that become broken down during exercise, therefore helping prevent them from swelling for prolong periods of time.

MSM also restores the flexibility and permeability of cell walls within muscles, which means nutrients can pass through the tissues more easily, facilitating repair work faster and removing lactic acid, which causes that “burning feeling” following exercise. The result is less time needed for recovery, plus reduced pressure, soreness and cramps.

5. Restores Hair Growth

Struggling with thinning hair or balding as you get older? Good news: MSM has been shown to help boost both collagen and keratin levels, two nutrients we absolutely need to form new hair strands (and also rebuild strong nails and skin cells). Collagen and keratin are often found in hair products and treatments because they’re what gives hair strength, durability and that “healthy” look — and they can help reverse hair loss. (8)

6. Helps the Body Adapt to Stress

Ever hear of “adaptogen herbs” or supplements that help control how the body deals with stress? MSM works similarly, since it boosts our ability to heal and bounce back from exercise, stressful events, injuries and even surgeries. Taking MSM before exercising, such as running, seems to reduce muscle damage and other markers of stress. It can also reduce fatigue felt after stressful events and support an upbeat mood, energy levels and normal digestion. (9, 10)


MSM Supplement Uses?

Some of the most common uses for MSM include treating: (11)

  • chronic joint pain (osteoarthritis, joint inflammation, rheumatoid arthritis)
  • leaky gut syndrome and autoimmune disorders
  • osteoporosis and susceptibility to bone fractures
  • bursitis, tendonitis, the development of scar tissue and other musculoskeletal pains
  • allergies and asthma
  • yeast infections
  • muscle cramps
  • constipation, ulcers, upset stomach, indigestion
  • PMS symptoms (cramps, headaches, water retention, indigestion)
  • stretch marks
  • hair loss
  • skin problems including wrinkles, sun burns (it offers some protection against UV light/wind burn), wounds, cuts, skin abrasions
  • eye inflammation
  • poor circulation
  • high blood pressure
  • fatigue
  • oral infections, toothaches, gum disease/periodontal disease

Three uses that MSM has gained the most notoriety for include: acting like an anti-atherosclerotic (preventing the hardening/thickening of arteries), chemo-preventative compound and natural anti-inflammatory. MSM seems to help the body’s natural free radical-scavenging abilities, which means it lowers oxidative stress as well as the many ailments that come along with it. (12) It’s an effective anti-inflammatory because it blocks the release of pro-inflammatory mediators and down regulates certain harmful signals sent from the immune system that can affect the entire body.


How MSM Supplements Work

MSM supplements supply the body with extra sulfur for creating methionine, which helps in important bodily processes like making other chemicals, forming connective tissue, synthesizing/metabolizing foods and absorbing nutrients to be used for energy. MSM is a natural byproduct of dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), and its medicinal properties seem to be similar to DMSO. DMSO is converted in the body to MSM, and then MSM remains in the body for longer than DMSO, allowing it to have more of a long-term impact.

The diets of our ancestors likely provided a high amount of sulfur — since sulfur is found in animal parts, vegetables and many fruits — but today many people lack these foods in their diets and therefore might be low in sulfur. We all have sulfur present in our bodies at all times, but our sulfur levels can drop as we get older, when we’re stressed and if we normally eat a low-nutrient diet.

While many different “whole foods” supply sulfur — foods like cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, etc.), eggs and sea vegetables — the catch is that some of their natural sulfur can become destroyed when the foods aren’t very fresh, they’re processed or are cooked at high temperatures. One of the differences between sulfur as we usually think of it (DMSO) and MSM is that MSM is odorless and tasteless (which is why you’re spared the strong smell that can be produced when eggs or veggies are cooked).

In humans (and animals too), MSM is naturally found in the adrenal cortex, which is a part of our hormonal system that helps regulate our response to stressors. It’s also stored in our cerebral spinal fluid and is used to maintain the structure of normal connective tissues.

One of the most notable attributes of MSM supplements is that they help accelerate healing and “detox” the body by improving how chemicals enter and leave our cells. MSM essentially makes cells more permeable, releasing certain built-up minerals that can cause problems (like calcium, for example), heavy metals, waste and toxins, while also helping usher in nutrients and water. This helps keep us hydrated and lowers inflammation, which is the root of most diseases. MSM also stabilizes cell membranes, improves the body’s antioxidant abilities, slows or stops leakage from injured cells and scavenges hydroxyl free radicals. (13)

Using MSM supplements is tied to better immune function, accelerated healing and reduced pain because it helps counteract certain byproducts (like lactic acid) that contribute to the feeling of soreness, stiffness and inflexibility. This is one reason why some athletes and very active people choose to use an MSM supplement to improve recovery time, performance, the process of rebuilding new, healthy muscle and joint issues. (14) Also importantly, MSM’s sulfur plays an important role in the production of glutathione, considered to be a “master antioxidant” and an important agent for detoxification.

This is another reason MSM is considered to be a “performance enhancer” — because it can raise someone’s energy levels and fight fatigue, since it helps with proper digestion and nutrient absorption, reducing the amount of energy the body needs to use on breaking down nutrients and redirecting these to other efforts.


MSM Dosage, Plus Where to Buy MSM Powder or Supplements

How much MSM do you need or should you use? The FDA doesn’t recognize a recommended dietary allowance for an MSM supplement or for sulfur (which it contains), because there’s no proven symptoms of sulfur deficiency described in medical literature as of now. Therefore the dosage you’ll want to take depends on what you’re using MSM for and your current state of health.

Usually, 500 milligrams of MSM, taken three times daily, is the starting dose recommended for treating osteoarthritis. Other reports show that up to three to six grams daily (divided into three doses normally) seems to be safe and well-tolerated. (15)

You can either buy an MSM supplement in powder form, cream form or capsule/tablet form. It’s available in powder form most often, and you might find it in powdered supplement mixes, such as green powders or digestive aids. Read the directions carefully, and start with about one to two teaspoons of MSM powder taken along with water. You can increase your intake as your body gets used to it and you assure you don’t experience any digestive side effects.

If you choose to use MSM powder (which is believe to be the most absorbable kind), try simply adding it to water (usually about 16 ounces for one serving). You’ll get the best results when you use MSM along with antioxidants/anti-inflammatory compounds like vitamin C and omega-3 fatty acids.

Make sure you buy MSM from a reputable seller, and always check for the correct chemical compound name “MSM (methylsulfonylmethane).” Keep in mind that many MSM supplements contain synthetic byproducts and fillers. You want to look for an organic brand that sells “100% naturally derived MSM.”

 

MSM supplement dosages - Dr. Axe

 


Are There Any Potential MSM Side Effects?

MSM seems to be well-tolerated since it’s completely natural and already found in the human body. There haven’t been many reported side effects of MSM. To date, however, there also haven’t been many large, well-controlled human studies looking at its long-term effects.

According to the Arthritis Foundation, based on the most reputable studies conducted so far on MSM — such as a 2006 pilot study that analyzed the effects of 6,000 milligrams of MSM taken daily by patients with osteoarthritis — it effectively helps improve symptoms of pain and physical function without any major side effects. (16)

That being said, MSM is capable of causing mild side effects for some people, including indigestion, upset stomach or diarrhea. It’s also not suitable for people taking blood-thinner medications. If you’re pregnant, you’ll want to speak with a doctor before taking it regularly.


MSM Supplement Takeaways

  • MSM is called the miracle supplement because it’s been shown to lower inflammation, fight the effects of stress and pain, raise immunity and increase energy levels.
  • This “miracle supplement” provides biologically active sulfur, which is the fourth most plentiful mineral in the body and is needed for many different critical bodily functions every single day.
  • MSM supplement benefits include treating osteoarthritis and joint pain; improving digestive problems like leaky gut syndrome; repairing skins and treating skin problems like rosacea, allergies and wounds; lowering muscle pain and spasms; restoring hair growth and helping the body adapt to stress.
  • Three uses that MSM has gained the most notoriety for include: acting like an anti-atherosclerotic (preventing the hardening/thickening of arteries), chemo-preventative compound and natural anti-inflammatory.
  • MSM supplements are generally well-tolerated and rarely cause side effects. However, some people may experience digestive issues.

Read Next: The Arthritis Diet & Supplementation Plan


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  1. Tony says:

    Looking for natural help with leftover inflammation in my knee and ankle after a gout attack in both. Still have swelling and tenderness in both. Very uncomfortable and I favor them both quite a bit walking. Hoping MSM/Coconut oil/glucosamine all help soon… About to order the MSM.

  2. Tami says:

    MSM is amazing! I had a sudden onset of rheumatoid arthritis a couple of months ago. I’m a very active, healthy person; and have never felt pain, inflammation, and neuropathy like that before. It was off the charts, nothing would relieve it. I read about MSM and started taking it every morning. After about ten days, it all went away, and I am completely back to normal; except for a small amount of nerve damage in one thumb and finger. I am SO thankful for MSM!

  3. Donna says:

    Does NAC have the same benefits?

  4. Lori says:

    I had been told by a health professional that MSM is a big molecule and we have small cells so it’s hard for us to absorb it. Is that not correct?

  5. No Boundaries Health and Wellness says:

    Great post! We believe in MSM whole heartedly and provide a pure product to our customers at http://www.OrganicSulfurHelps.com. This stuff works!

  6. Joannie says:

    This information has been very helpful for me! Now, I need to know if there is anything natural that will stop my habit of drinking red wine every evening…I know it’s strictly out of habit and because i have no real social life. I do not get drunk, I don’t really even feel high but it’s been a habit every since I divorced my husband over 12 years ago.

  7. Marilyn says:

    Would I be able to take MSM since I am allergic to Sulfur drugs?

    • Sherry A. says:

      Is sulpha drugs and sulfur the same thing? I became allergic to the drugs a few yrs. ago. I had rheumatic fever yrs ago and ended up with arthritis and it has gotten worse in the later yrs. Also since my late 50’s and early 60’s have developed skin problems that I never had before. Psoriasis, thinning skin, leg cramps, etc. . Sounds like i could use something like msm but would it be safe for me to take the supplements?

  8. Melanie says:

    Why can MSM not be taken with Coumadin?

  9. Bonita Hopkins says:

    I remember taking MSM years ago when I had fibromyalgia and it was very helpful. However it’s been years since I was on it. But now I am allergic to any and all sulfur drugs. Is there any relation? And there was something else that had sulfur in it that made me sick but I can’t recall what it is now.

    • Dean Askew says:

      You may be genetically sensitive to sulphur compounds – some people are – you can do a test for it and other genetic issues at 23andme.com

  10. Melisha Berridge says:

    I am allergic to sulfur so I cannot take MSM I break out in a horrible rash when I take it. Is there an alternative to this with the same benefits?

    • Dean Askew says:

      You may be genetically sensitive to sulphur compounds – some people are – you can do a test for it and other genetic issues at 23andme.com

  11. Pat says:

    Um.. I have ITP AND MY platelets can change at any time. I’m not on blood thinners but the platelets can run lower than normal..Is it safe to take this?Also,..several people have asked questions about sulfur and allergies..I think I am one, too..U have not replied. Why? I just bought some glucosamine with MSM in it for my hubby and would like to try it as i have lost alot of hair and it’s not thyroid and I have hives all the time due to molds or foods which I am trying to rectify but it’s really hard. I know MSG stuff is in almost everything and I know that I react to it.. I live on Benedryl and I know that’s not good but I can’t take other stuff do to my platelets and I do have PTSD sooo..help? thanks

  12. Stacie says:

    I read that there is a horrible reaction when taking MSM and if you drink alcohol. Is this true? One lady said, she had been taking MSM for year and had a glass of wine, and became severely ill – to the point of having to call a ambulance, because she thought she had been drugged and people thought she was drunk, but she only had one glass of wine.

  13. Richard says:

    My wife has been having urinary problems she had an infection and was prescribed an antibiotic which cleared the infection. She still had the pain upon urinating and as well as afterwards. she was prescribed a prescription phenazopyridine for bladder andurethral pain after taking the medication it did not help and the pain worsened. She was advised by her doctor to stop the meds. which she had already done. Today the office called her and told her to take Clarintin, tums continue her Elmiron prescribed medication and drink plenty of water. She had this problem in the past and was treated with DMSO which cleared her problem. My question is this is her Urologist on the right track or is he being evasive in her latest prescribed treatment? I would much rather see her taking a natural remedy for her problem. Thank You!

  14. Darlene says:

    So I’m assuming MSM is not recommended for those allergic to sulfur for relief of inflammation, leaky gut, etc.,.

  15. Mary D'Clute says:

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  16. Barbara says:

    Since you recommend Glucosamine Chondroitin , I can not trust your advice anymore . I am so disappointed, you as a Physician know that it does not work .

  17. Sarah o neill says:

    Does this really work I’m getting desperate my 17 year old daughter is going into her 5th year of rheumatoid arthritis which is causing sacroliitis at lot of time she is wheelchair bound. Katie has been on anti tnf medication without much success I would prefer she was able to find a more natural cure. Has anyone found it useful for rheumatoid arthritis especially sacroliitis. Thanks.

  18. Becky says:

    I was very interested in trying MSM until I read not suitable for people on blood thinners. I have a lot of different things mentioned that it would help; leaky gut, hardened arteries, arthritis. I am on the blood thinner for atrifibulation. The past year have been dealing with lots of health issues. Please advise.

  19. Gunnel Larsdotter says:

    I read in your comments that there are 6 benefits from taking MSM
    Could you please tell me the difference between #5 and #6 ?

  20. Raye says:

    Whenever I take MSM, I cannot go out in public because I pass gas with every step. Is there a dosage that would relieve this side effect and at the same time provide help for arthritis? If not, is there a substitute supplement?

  21. Heather says:

    Would MSM be useful for an active teen who has sore joints due to being overused?

  22. Margie says:

    #5 and 6 on the MSM supplement benefit says the same thing????

  23. Maya Dimitrova says:

    Dr. Axe, is there any contraindications taking MSM supplements with autoimmune disease (such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, graves’)

  24. jacqui Butterworth says:

    cannot seem to be able to find to order-please help,
    Jacqui

  25. LizzieT says:

    Hey Dr. Axe,

    I can’t ever get a good response to my “issue” with MSM: every time I take it, within about 30 mins, I get super flushed and feel like I have a fever. It feels similar to a food allergy/intolerance. I just feel pretty rotten. All the people I’ve asked about this say it’s impossible since MSM is naturally occurring and that it probably is a healing side effect. I don’t know, but it makes me feel pretty rotten, not just in my body but in my head (mood). Your thoughts?

    • Shannon says:

      I also get that side effect from it. I think it makes you detox really bad. My skin also breaks out and I usually have to stop taking it because of it. That’s taking a tiny amount too – not even a tsp! It will also keep you up at night if you take it too late in the evening.

  26. Irene K says:

    If I take a daily low dose Asperin can I take MSM???

  27. Lupe Garcia says:

    Shingles – would this help with shingles?

  28. Kate says:

    Dr Axe states in the article in MSM that it is a “chemo-preventative compound.” What does this mean?

  29. Stephanie says:

    Does Dr Axe recommend a particular MSM supplement? Or should I just find one online?

  30. Bill Meusel says:

    What will taking MSM do if you are taking a blood thinner?

  31. No Boundaries Health and Wellness says:

    Thank you for drawing attention to such an important supplement Dr. Axe! We believe whole-heartedly in MSM Organic Sulfur! Our customers routinely brag about many of the benefits that you’ve just listed! Keep spreading the word!

    In Good Health,

    No Boundaries Health and Wellness
    http://www.OrganicSulfurHelps.com

  32. Darlene says:

    I have fibrous dysplasia in my right femur and have had a couple of corrective surgeries with bone graphing. MSM has been a tremendous help for me.

  33. Karen says:

    Hi Dr. Axe,

    Would you recommend MSM and in what dosege for 18yr old girl, 5th 2in, weighing 10 stone, chronically ill since receiving the HPV vaccine. Diagnosed Symptoms include, PoTS, Rayaulds, POCS, Chronic Fatigue and Chronic Fibromyalgia. She also suffers food intolerance to dairy, white starchy foods, including potatoes. Other daily problems endured are noise / light sensitivities and hair loss.
    Regards Karen.

    • vicki says:

      I’ve been reading about this type of reaction insist on lyme disease testing it will probably show neg but the shot shows same symptoms i have sites you can follow up also checkout colidal silver

  34. Dave says:

    For those looking this has been the only place I could find with reasonable places for MSM in Australia.

    http://simplehealth.rocks/store/ojqcsqthy8kn73i9pw0dp02uaj81ua

  35. Cynthia says:

    I am allergic to sulfur but, this sound so good.. would it be okay to try this or should I stay away from it?

  36. robbi768 says:

    You need to use a supplement that has both glucosamine and MSM – especially if you are lifting weights at the gym. Glucosamine support strength of connective tissue and MSM is a natural source of sulfur needed for optimal connective tissue health and joint support. Since I turned 32 (5x a week weight lifter), I use the Dr Max Powers Joint Support supplement – it has both of these ingredients, and I have never had any problems with my joints or lifting heavy. Recommended by my doctor because I was claiming about soreness and lack of mobility – but the Dr max Powers Joint Supplements just took that away within a week.

  37. Mo says:

    This is a great article on MSM, also known as organic sulfur as its the bio-active, organic form of sulfur. I started using organic sulfur in crystal form 3 years ago, changed my life and almost everyone I know. There are some good brands out there like Happy Body Store’s and Kala. I’ve personally seen better results from Happy Body Store’s, just remember its bitter, but truly amazing for the body in so many ways.

    http://happybodystore.com/msm-organic-sulfur-crystals-1-pack/

  38. Deb says:

    I have great results with using MSM. I have painful joints due to injures, much reduced pain. Seems to help my sinus allergies. I take daily a tsp.

  39. Tricia Keller says:

    I am very interested in taking MSM for skin hair and joints. My concern is whether it would affect thyroid function. The cruciferous veggies listed are goitrogens due to their sulfur content. Would MSM adversely affect the thryoid?

  40. Ronnie chettiar says:

    Hi dr axe kindly advise on a dog related matter I have a Alaskan mallemett male of 12years old my vet diagnosed him with high calcium deposit found in blood sample my dog. Gabriel is on prednisone0.5mg taking 5 tablets twice daily can msm help with dissolving the calcium excess from his system please help kind regards david

  41. lisa says:

    hi i have read that you should cycle your msm and take with ala, is this true and what should the cycle be
    Thanks lisa

  42. Nick says:

    I am alergic to sulfonamides.I would like to take supplements which contain MSM.Does it contain sulfonamide;Is there any possibility of allergic reaction;

  43. Michelle says:

    Dr. Axe – I’m unclear on how to use the MSM for the skin treatment. You mention using a topical cream … does that only pertain to the Rosacea treatment? Is the cream also for the collagen production, or do we take the MSM supplement for that?

    Also, for the topical cream… the article says it “can help improve skin’s tone, reducing redness, easing sensitivity and treating other symptoms associated with rosacea.” Is this only for rosacea, or would it also help someone with a ruddy skin tone and sensitive skin? I would love to find something that helps reduce redness!

  44. Amy says:

    I have suffered from GERD for years, but was just yesterday diagnosed with some erythema and erosion of the esophagus. That’s new. 😕 Would MSM powder help with this? I have been reading and it seems like I need to ingest alkaline things….? Any help would be appreciated!!

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  1. Tony says:

    Looking for natural help with leftover inflammation in my knee and ankle after a gout attack in both. Still have swelling and tenderness in both. Very uncomfortable and I favor them both quite a bit walking. Hoping MSM/Coconut oil/glucosamine all help soon… About to order the MSM.

  2. Tami says:

    MSM is amazing! I had a sudden onset of rheumatoid arthritis a couple of months ago. I’m a very active, healthy person; and have never felt pain, inflammation, and neuropathy like that before. It was off the charts, nothing would relieve it. I read about MSM and started taking it every morning. After about ten days, it all went away, and I am completely back to normal; except for a small amount of nerve damage in one thumb and finger. I am SO thankful for MSM!

  3. Donna says:

    Does NAC have the same benefits?

  4. Lori says:

    I had been told by a health professional that MSM is a big molecule and we have small cells so it’s hard for us to absorb it. Is that not correct?

  5. No Boundaries Health and Wellness says:

    Great post! We believe in MSM whole heartedly and provide a pure product to our customers at http://www.OrganicSulfurHelps.com. This stuff works!

  6. Joannie says:

    This information has been very helpful for me! Now, I need to know if there is anything natural that will stop my habit of drinking red wine every evening…I know it’s strictly out of habit and because i have no real social life. I do not get drunk, I don’t really even feel high but it’s been a habit every since I divorced my husband over 12 years ago.

  7. Marilyn says:

    Would I be able to take MSM since I am allergic to Sulfur drugs?

    • Sherry A. says:

      Is sulpha drugs and sulfur the same thing? I became allergic to the drugs a few yrs. ago. I had rheumatic fever yrs ago and ended up with arthritis and it has gotten worse in the later yrs. Also since my late 50’s and early 60’s have developed skin problems that I never had before. Psoriasis, thinning skin, leg cramps, etc. . Sounds like i could use something like msm but would it be safe for me to take the supplements?

  8. Melanie says:

    Why can MSM not be taken with Coumadin?

  9. Bonita Hopkins says:

    I remember taking MSM years ago when I had fibromyalgia and it was very helpful. However it’s been years since I was on it. But now I am allergic to any and all sulfur drugs. Is there any relation? And there was something else that had sulfur in it that made me sick but I can’t recall what it is now.

    • Dean Askew says:

      You may be genetically sensitive to sulphur compounds – some people are – you can do a test for it and other genetic issues at 23andme.com

  10. Melisha Berridge says:

    I am allergic to sulfur so I cannot take MSM I break out in a horrible rash when I take it. Is there an alternative to this with the same benefits?

    • Dean Askew says:

      You may be genetically sensitive to sulphur compounds – some people are – you can do a test for it and other genetic issues at 23andme.com

  11. Pat says:

    Um.. I have ITP AND MY platelets can change at any time. I’m not on blood thinners but the platelets can run lower than normal..Is it safe to take this?Also,..several people have asked questions about sulfur and allergies..I think I am one, too..U have not replied. Why? I just bought some glucosamine with MSM in it for my hubby and would like to try it as i have lost alot of hair and it’s not thyroid and I have hives all the time due to molds or foods which I am trying to rectify but it’s really hard. I know MSG stuff is in almost everything and I know that I react to it.. I live on Benedryl and I know that’s not good but I can’t take other stuff do to my platelets and I do have PTSD sooo..help? thanks

  12. Stacie says:

    I read that there is a horrible reaction when taking MSM and if you drink alcohol. Is this true? One lady said, she had been taking MSM for year and had a glass of wine, and became severely ill – to the point of having to call a ambulance, because she thought she had been drugged and people thought she was drunk, but she only had one glass of wine.

  13. Richard says:

    My wife has been having urinary problems she had an infection and was prescribed an antibiotic which cleared the infection. She still had the pain upon urinating and as well as afterwards. she was prescribed a prescription phenazopyridine for bladder andurethral pain after taking the medication it did not help and the pain worsened. She was advised by her doctor to stop the meds. which she had already done. Today the office called her and told her to take Clarintin, tums continue her Elmiron prescribed medication and drink plenty of water. She had this problem in the past and was treated with DMSO which cleared her problem. My question is this is her Urologist on the right track or is he being evasive in her latest prescribed treatment? I would much rather see her taking a natural remedy for her problem. Thank You!

  14. Darlene says:

    So I’m assuming MSM is not recommended for those allergic to sulfur for relief of inflammation, leaky gut, etc.,.

  15. Mary D'Clute says:

    Please un-subscrbe me from these e-mails. Thank-you.

  16. Barbara says:

    Since you recommend Glucosamine Chondroitin , I can not trust your advice anymore . I am so disappointed, you as a Physician know that it does not work .

  17. Sarah o neill says:

    Does this really work I’m getting desperate my 17 year old daughter is going into her 5th year of rheumatoid arthritis which is causing sacroliitis at lot of time she is wheelchair bound. Katie has been on anti tnf medication without much success I would prefer she was able to find a more natural cure. Has anyone found it useful for rheumatoid arthritis especially sacroliitis. Thanks.

  18. Becky says:

    I was very interested in trying MSM until I read not suitable for people on blood thinners. I have a lot of different things mentioned that it would help; leaky gut, hardened arteries, arthritis. I am on the blood thinner for atrifibulation. The past year have been dealing with lots of health issues. Please advise.

  19. Gunnel Larsdotter says:

    I read in your comments that there are 6 benefits from taking MSM
    Could you please tell me the difference between #5 and #6 ?

  20. Raye says:

    Whenever I take MSM, I cannot go out in public because I pass gas with every step. Is there a dosage that would relieve this side effect and at the same time provide help for arthritis? If not, is there a substitute supplement?

  21. Heather says:

    Would MSM be useful for an active teen who has sore joints due to being overused?

  22. Margie says:

    #5 and 6 on the MSM supplement benefit says the same thing????

  23. Maya Dimitrova says:

    Dr. Axe, is there any contraindications taking MSM supplements with autoimmune disease (such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, graves’)

  24. jacqui Butterworth says:

    cannot seem to be able to find to order-please help,
    Jacqui

  25. LizzieT says:

    Hey Dr. Axe,

    I can’t ever get a good response to my “issue” with MSM: every time I take it, within about 30 mins, I get super flushed and feel like I have a fever. It feels similar to a food allergy/intolerance. I just feel pretty rotten. All the people I’ve asked about this say it’s impossible since MSM is naturally occurring and that it probably is a healing side effect. I don’t know, but it makes me feel pretty rotten, not just in my body but in my head (mood). Your thoughts?

    • Shannon says:

      I also get that side effect from it. I think it makes you detox really bad. My skin also breaks out and I usually have to stop taking it because of it. That’s taking a tiny amount too – not even a tsp! It will also keep you up at night if you take it too late in the evening.

  26. Irene K says:

    If I take a daily low dose Asperin can I take MSM???

  27. Lupe Garcia says:

    Shingles – would this help with shingles?

  28. Kate says:

    Dr Axe states in the article in MSM that it is a “chemo-preventative compound.” What does this mean?

  29. Stephanie says:

    Does Dr Axe recommend a particular MSM supplement? Or should I just find one online?

  30. Bill Meusel says:

    What will taking MSM do if you are taking a blood thinner?

  31. No Boundaries Health and Wellness says:

    Thank you for drawing attention to such an important supplement Dr. Axe! We believe whole-heartedly in MSM Organic Sulfur! Our customers routinely brag about many of the benefits that you’ve just listed! Keep spreading the word!

    In Good Health,

    No Boundaries Health and Wellness
    http://www.OrganicSulfurHelps.com

  32. Darlene says:

    I have fibrous dysplasia in my right femur and have had a couple of corrective surgeries with bone graphing. MSM has been a tremendous help for me.

  33. Karen says:

    Hi Dr. Axe,

    Would you recommend MSM and in what dosege for 18yr old girl, 5th 2in, weighing 10 stone, chronically ill since receiving the HPV vaccine. Diagnosed Symptoms include, PoTS, Rayaulds, POCS, Chronic Fatigue and Chronic Fibromyalgia. She also suffers food intolerance to dairy, white starchy foods, including potatoes. Other daily problems endured are noise / light sensitivities and hair loss.
    Regards Karen.

    • vicki says:

      I’ve been reading about this type of reaction insist on lyme disease testing it will probably show neg but the shot shows same symptoms i have sites you can follow up also checkout colidal silver

  34. Dave says:

    For those looking this has been the only place I could find with reasonable places for MSM in Australia.

    http://simplehealth.rocks/store/ojqcsqthy8kn73i9pw0dp02uaj81ua

  35. Cynthia says:

    I am allergic to sulfur but, this sound so good.. would it be okay to try this or should I stay away from it?

  36. robbi768 says:

    You need to use a supplement that has both glucosamine and MSM – especially if you are lifting weights at the gym. Glucosamine support strength of connective tissue and MSM is a natural source of sulfur needed for optimal connective tissue health and joint support. Since I turned 32 (5x a week weight lifter), I use the Dr Max Powers Joint Support supplement – it has both of these ingredients, and I have never had any problems with my joints or lifting heavy. Recommended by my doctor because I was claiming about soreness and lack of mobility – but the Dr max Powers Joint Supplements just took that away within a week.

  37. Mo says:

    This is a great article on MSM, also known as organic sulfur as its the bio-active, organic form of sulfur. I started using organic sulfur in crystal form 3 years ago, changed my life and almost everyone I know. There are some good brands out there like Happy Body Store’s and Kala. I’ve personally seen better results from Happy Body Store’s, just remember its bitter, but truly amazing for the body in so many ways.

    http://happybodystore.com/msm-organic-sulfur-crystals-1-pack/

  38. Deb says:

    I have great results with using MSM. I have painful joints due to injures, much reduced pain. Seems to help my sinus allergies. I take daily a tsp.

  39. Tricia Keller says:

    I am very interested in taking MSM for skin hair and joints. My concern is whether it would affect thyroid function. The cruciferous veggies listed are goitrogens due to their sulfur content. Would MSM adversely affect the thryoid?

  40. Ronnie chettiar says:

    Hi dr axe kindly advise on a dog related matter I have a Alaskan mallemett male of 12years old my vet diagnosed him with high calcium deposit found in blood sample my dog. Gabriel is on prednisone0.5mg taking 5 tablets twice daily can msm help with dissolving the calcium excess from his system please help kind regards david

  41. lisa says:

    hi i have read that you should cycle your msm and take with ala, is this true and what should the cycle be
    Thanks lisa

  42. Nick says:

    I am alergic to sulfonamides.I would like to take supplements which contain MSM.Does it contain sulfonamide;Is there any possibility of allergic reaction;

  43. Michelle says:

    Dr. Axe – I’m unclear on how to use the MSM for the skin treatment. You mention using a topical cream … does that only pertain to the Rosacea treatment? Is the cream also for the collagen production, or do we take the MSM supplement for that?

    Also, for the topical cream… the article says it “can help improve skin’s tone, reducing redness, easing sensitivity and treating other symptoms associated with rosacea.” Is this only for rosacea, or would it also help someone with a ruddy skin tone and sensitive skin? I would love to find something that helps reduce redness!

  44. Amy says:

    I have suffered from GERD for years, but was just yesterday diagnosed with some erythema and erosion of the esophagus. That’s new. 😕 Would MSM powder help with this? I have been reading and it seems like I need to ingest alkaline things….? Any help would be appreciated!!

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