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Methyl sulfonyl methane (MSM) is an inconspicuous sulphur molecule found in the atmosphere, as well as in plants, animals and the human body. Chemically, it consists of two hydrocarbon units (groups of hydrogen and carbon atoms) attached to a unit with one sulphur and two oxygen atoms. The molecule is one-third sulphur by weight.
Given the heavy sulphur content, MSM gels and creams can provide different benefits and are widely used to provide the body with raw materials for proteins and connective tissues. In the US, MSM cream is officially recognised and approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) as a food item and supplement.
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Deionized water, yanang extract hydrosol, methyl sulfonyl methane (MSM), natrosol.
MSM is generally available for oral intake in the form of a capsule or crystals, or as MSM cream. Depending on the individual, these are safe and easy forms to promote quick absorption. A small percentage of people may struggle with MSM capsules, resulting in diarrhea or stomach discomfort, though this usually disappears quite quickly. On the other hand, MSM crystal can also give a bitter taste. If oral intake is not an issue for you, we recommend trying the “double barrelled approach” for faster results (ie: take a capsule and apply MSM gel at the same time).
Long term toxicity trials had already been conducted by Dr. Stanley Jacob (the founding father of DMSO) and his scientific team, and have found no toxic effect with 8g of MSM per kilo of body weight. Therefore, if applied or consumed appropriately, MSM creams have been scientifically proven to be safe to use.
When you use a MSM cream, it relieves pain by inhibiting pain impulses along a major nervous system network called C Fibres, reduces inflammation which will release pressure on nerves and other tissues that causes pain, while also promoting blood flow, and helps reduce muscle spasms.
Speed of results after using MSM gel will be subject dependent. Some people may feel pain relief quite quickly after applying MSM cream. However, if you have been suffering from a long-standing pain-related disease for many years, you will need to give the MSM gel time to get into the system to work.
Another important point to bear in mind is that in many cases, pain is a messenger from the body telling you that something is wrong and may need attention. Being alert to consistent pain, rather than solely relying on MSM cream, is also important to ensure that minor pain does not develop into chronic, severe pain problems down the road.
Inflammation is a complex reaction of the body when its cells or tissues are damaged through disease or injury. Inflammation can be acute through burns, radiation or infection, or over time from conditions like degenerated joints, and MSM gels and its benefits can help with this.
The main component of MSM cream, which chemically is DMSO2, is made from DMSO. DMSO is known for its ability to render the body’s own natural anti-inflammatory hormone, cortisol, which is produced in the adrenal glands. (Do not confuse this with cortisone, a steroid medication that tries to replicate what cortisol does). Applying MSM gel can also have the benefit of reducing swelling and inflammation in the body.
In the Western world, there is a prevailing problem of over-prescription of anti-inflammatory drugs. NSAIDs, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, have serious side effects and may be attributable to some deaths. Common side effects people experience include stomach pain, indigestion, ulcers, hemorrhage and so on. Commonly seen NSAIDs include aspirin and ibuprofen, of which both are readily available over-the-counter. MSM creams on the other hand, can provide a safe alternative to such NSAIDs.
MSM gels because of its benefits, are frequently used by professional athletes as well as everyday people with active lifestyles to help their body recover. Athletes and active people have countless ways in which to damage their bodies and cause pain. There is of course the obvious risk of major injury to muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones which are associated with the very nature of exercise. The extreme effort and fatigue involved in endurance events, or repeated micro-trauma to muscle tissues can accumulate and lead to strength and motion limiting adhesions as well as scar tissue.
After a heavy workout, many of your muscle fibres are torn, releasing structural proteins and their amino acid components into the bloodstream, where they become part of a circulating protein pool to be used for tissue repair and new muscle growth. The painful consequence of this effort is called delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).
ATP, or adenosine triphosphate, acts as the body’s main source of energy, and it gets used up quickly when we perform exercise, necessitating muscle cells to create more ATP from glycogen (stored sugar). When this happens, lactic acid is produced (this will be the burn we feel when we do that 10th rep). In turn, oxygen combined with lactic acid will produce glycogen which in turn gets converted into ATP. In situations of sustained exercise, the circulatory system may not have enough oxygen for this process, and may have to suffer the pain and soreness for longer periods. To remedy this, applying MSM cream will reduce the discomfort and speed up muscle recovery.
* We advise you to consult your personal doctor before using any MSM gel as well as MSM cream products, and the above information is not to be taken as medical advice.