Methyl-sulfonyl-methane, MSM by its diminutive, is a form of organic sulfur. It is a substance naturally present in our organism and in food.
Certain foods are well supplied. The richest foods are particularly raw milk, egg yolk, garlic, seaweed, asparagus, cabbage, onion, bell pepper, fish and meat.
MSM is therefore quite present in food. It is highly bioavailable. However, deficiency is common. MSM is destroyed by cooking, drying and certain preparation methods used by the food industry. But that’s not all. Intensive farming causes a decrease in the content of MSM in food.
Current dietary habits contribute to providing often insufficient amounts of MSM, with too much cooking, too much pasteurized products, too many ready meals and processed food without nutritional value, and intensive agriculture which has become predominant.
With aging, the body becomes congested, with less energy, which affects digestive capacity and assimilation capacity. The risk of organic sulfur deficiency increases with age, especially for people who eat little or no raw food and high amounts of processed food. In these situations, supplements can be important in the absence of dietary improvement or until the supplements take full effect.
What are the effects of organic sulfur?
Sulfur is naturally present in large quantities in the collagen of skin, joints and blood vessels. Collagen provides resistance, elasticity, hydration and tissue regeneration. At the joint level, sulfur participates in the production of chondroitin sulfate, glucosamine sulfate and hyaluronic acid. This gives the cartilage its elasticity and robustness to play its role of cushioning, which ensures the protection of the joint against shock and friction without pain.
Thanks to the sulfur it contains, the MSM helps maintain many tissues (tendon, muscles, cartilage, skin, etc.) in good condition. It also plays a role in antioxidant activity and in the body’s detoxification process by supporting the action of glutathione.
To strengthen the capacities of the organism it is necessary:
- to adopt a more favorable diet
- to reduce its MSM needs,
- to use MSM in the form of a dietary supplement if necessary.
1 / Adopting a more favorable diet
Adopting a more favorable diet requires avoiding processed foods, consuming organic or minimally processed foods, increasing the intake of raw foods and having a diet that is generally easier to digest. If you find it difficult to eat more raw foods, for example, because your abdomen swells or becomes sore, you can use vegetable juices to complement your diet naturally.
3 major pillars allow a much better digestion: chewing, frugality and simplicity of food with food combinations favorable to digestion that respect the digestive physiology of the human body.
2 / The decrease in MSM needs
The decrease in MSM needs can only take place through the improvement of the organism, also called the organism’s terrain. By reducing the level of toxins in the body, the risk of chronic inflammation decreases and the need for sulfur.
For that, we must limit the organism toxins, with less toxins coming from outside, and favor the drainage of these toxins towards outside by more or less strict detox cures, being able to go from the varied diet to fasting.
3 / MSM supplement
To support your body and help it recover faster, MSM can still be taken as a dietary supplement. It is sometimes indicated to take large doses (greater than 3g / day). It is not necessary to take such high doses, especially when MSM is combined with certain substances, allowing to obtain a very interesting joint effect. This is the case with chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine sulfate. Combined with these other substances, 1 gram of MSM per day provides best results.