Scientific consensus held that in humans, the sulfur-containing amino acids methionine and cysteine are the most important sources of sulfur. However, since the discovery of the earth's sulfur cycle, this theory is increasingly brought into question. Several hundred million years ago, algae in the oceans started producing simple organic sulfur compounds, which led to the formation of MSM. This biologically active sulfur was probably the most important source of sulfur for all subsequently developing life forms.
Essential for optimal health, sulphur is a mineral with multiple benefits. Legend has it that it was used as far back as the Middle Ages as a natural remedy for many everyday ailments. However, it is in the field of thermalism – the therapeutic use of hot water springs - that sulphur has proved most successful. Waters rich in sulphur, or sulphurous waters, have been used and consumed by healers for many years for their therapeutic virtues. Supplementing with sulphur is particularly recommended as a natural treatment for arthritis for easing joint pain, as a remedy for respiratory infections , and as a treatment for certain skin diseases such as psoriasis or rosacea.
MSM is very safe. Animal toxicity studies have shown it’s as safe as pure water, and there are no reported allergic responses to it in the medical literature. However “mild adverse reactions” are common. According to anecdotal reports, these stop when MSM is discontinued.
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I find it best to start a detox program over the weekend, or during a time when you don’t have too much going on. You’ll also want to set aside some time each day to walk for at least 15 minutes. Don’t be surprised if you feel worse for a couple of days before you feel better. This is especially likely if you are eliminating foods to which you are allergic or dependent.
One of the many benefits of Methylsulfonylmethane is its ability to decrease joint inflammation and research has shown that MSM is also highly effective in improving joint flexibility.
Treating specific health problems can require anywhere from 1,000-6,000 mg a day (and higher doses under professional supervision) depending on body size, age and severity of symptoms.