In terms of psychological stress, sulphur has been studied as a mood stabilizer that relaxes the nervous system.
People have tried taking from 500 milligrams of MSM three times daily to 3 grams twice daily for osteoarthritis. However, optimal doses of MSM have not been set for any condition. And quality and active ingredients in supplements may vary widely from maker to maker. This makes it hard to set a standard dose.
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If anything, a little exercise induced oxidative stress is essential; it prompts cells to become stronger over time by increasing the body’s antioxidants. When the body is supplemented with MSM in these cases, the sulphur content helps prevent sore muscles from setting in, boosts the ability to heal faster and bounce back from exercise.
Hucker HB, Ahmad PM, Miller EA, et al. Metabolism of dimethyl sulphoxide to dimethyl sulphone in the rat and man. Nature 1966;209:619-20.
While it is present in many natural, unprocessed foods, sulphur can be lost quickly during the cooking process. In addition, the same is also naturally derived during the earth’s rain cycle but may not be as readily available from food grown in depleted soils. As such people may not be getting enough sulphur from their diet alone.
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Why do people take MSM?