Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Vitamin: MSM


Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is an organosulfur compound with the formula (CH3)2SO2. It is also known by several other names including DMSO2, methyl sulfone, and dimethyl sulfone. This colorless solid features the sulfonyl functional group and is considered relatively inert chemically. It occurs naturally in some primitive plants and is present in small amounts in many foods and beverages and it is marketed as a dietary supplement, although its benefits are disputed.

MSM is structurally related to dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), but the behavior of these two is different. DMSO is a highly polar solvent and an excellent ligand, with water-like dissolving properties whereas MSM is less polar and less reactive. MSM is also a metabolite of DMSO

Supplementing MSM:

MSM is present in many foods such as raw fruits, vegetables, milk, and some grain products. MSM is very fragile and processing and cooking deplete foods of their MSM content. This is all the more reason to add it to your supplement regime. MSM is a water soluble mineral and any excess is flushed out your system.

MSM is sold in powder form either in loose form or enclosed in capsules. MSM is also used to help treat other ailment from joint stiffness to allergies.

MSM also has a cleansing effect on your system.

You also need to consume enough water to make sure that you a fully hydrated. The water usually helps speed up the elimination of the toxins MSM sweeps out. There are no known harmful long or short term effects of MSM supplementation.

MSM Benefits for Hair & Nails:

The benefits as for as hair and skin are concerned from MSM supplementation are softer skin and hair, improved texture of skin and hair, and improved growth. Since MSM adds sulphur to your body, a lot of people notice a softer and smoother texture of hair.

Many also experience increased growth and density.

MSM is a good supplement to take for overall health and cell regeneration.

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