The Essential Facts About MSM Supplements
MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) has now become a popular nutritional supplement that is often promoted for a variety of health conditions including inflammation, arthritis, allergies, and for the enhanced production of keratin levels in skin, hair, and nails. Until recently, MSM supplements had not been studied; however, many reports have now revealed the beneficial effects of MSM supplements, particularly with arthritis and seasonal allergies. As with all nutritional supplements it is highly recommended that you speak with your healthcare professional before taking MSM supplements.
Benefits of MSM Supplements
MSM can be found in small amounts within the blood stream of everyone, it can also be found in many foods. It is still unknown the role that MSM plays within the complex chemistry of the human body, like other key sulfur compounds, it is a required component for proteins, especially those can be found in the muscles, hair, and connective tissue of the skin and joints. Sulfur is also located in bile acid and insulin hormones. MSM supplements taken orally are able to cross over the blood brain barrier.
MSM is a very promising nutrient for the treatment of arthritis, allergies, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Recent studies have found that a combination of MSM and glucosamine can be very beneficial in the treatment of arthritis. However, more research is still required before an official determination of what the full benefits of MSM supplements are with long-term use. MSM is an important source of dietary sulfur, an important nutrient that plays a critical part in maintaining the elasticity and integrity of connective and other tissues found in the body.
Side Effects of MSM Supplements
There have been clinical studies that have reported MSM side effects, though these side effects were just as common among people who took a placebo (a “sugar pill”). The side effects included: nausea, diarrhea, fatigue, bloating, headache, and insomnia. Some of the allergic reactions that were reported include: rashes and hives, wheezing, itching, swelling of the mouth or throat, and difficulty with breathing.
If you are currently experiencing any of these allergic reactions after taking MSM, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Though side effects of MSM have been reported, it is possible that you may not experience any side effects with MSM supplements. However, there is no way for your healthcare professional to know beforehand if you will experience side effects from a nutritional supplement that you’ve never tried. Therefore, it is important that you let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while taking MSM supplements.
Recommended Dosage of MSM Supplements
Most studies that used MSM supplements for arthritis did use a dosage that ranged from 500 mg taken three times a day, up to 2000 mg taken twice daily. For allergies, the typical dosage of MSM was 2600 mg each day. However, the best recommended dosage of MSM has not been defined for any use. Therefore, it is best to follow the directions on the label of the MSM product. Additionally, you should not exceed these recommendations unless your healthcare provider advises you to.
Also, because the manufacturing of dietary supplements like MSM is not regulated, it is recommended that you choose a reputable manufacturer. Always look for the “USP” symbol on the packaging, since it does means that the supplement has been tested and does contain quality ingredients in the right amounts.
Even though medical studies are still being conducted to determine what the full benefits of MSM supplements are with long-term use. There is no doubt that MSM will definitely continue to gain attention as a beneficial way to treat a variety of health conditions.
Vitamin C Benefits Include Fewer Health Risks
Vitamin C is needed for building the structural components of the body, and for keeping levels of glutathione, the master antioxidant in the body. Vitamin C deficiency is unfortunately also the norm in our society: researchers suggest that 34 % of men and 27 % of women do not get enough of this vitamin. Sadly, this is especially the case for the elderly and those struggling with persistent health issues.
Known for its superb antioxidant properties, and promoted as one of the best and most efficient nutrients required for overall wellness, Vitamin C can shield against numerous conditions and diseases ranging from heart disease to a lowered immune system.
Vitamin C is a water-soluble nutrient, which indicates you are constantly losing big quantities of this vitamin on a daily basis. Fortunately, Vitamin C can be replenished daily by eating foods that are rich in this vitamin including citrus fruits, like oranges, lemons and grapefruits and other fruits like strawberries or kiwifruit.
How to Make a Topical MSM Cream with Vitamin C Benefits
Here’s a quick rundown of how I made my own Vitamin C serum that was also a topical MSM cream. A lot of people know about Vitamin C benefits when applied in skincare, but fewer people realise that applying MSM topically also heals acne scarring faster and improves dry or damaged skin very effectively.
When I was suffering very badly after a breakout, I made a magic mix of my two favourite supplements and my skin healed faster than usual.
Here’s how to do it:
Step 1. Find an empty little container and clean it out.
Step 2. Put 1/4tsp – 1/2tsp of vitamin c powder or crystals in the container, with a tiny drop of water. Stir to dissolve or make a paste. It’s ok if it doesn’t fully dissolve.
Step 3. Add 1/4tsp – 1/2 tsp MSM supplement powder or crystals and stir. Add another drop of water if you wish but be careful or you’ll just end up with something too runny. It’s hard to get perfect, so you may have to decide if you prefer grainy or runny. I prefer grainy because I worry that if it’s runny it is too watered down and doesn’t have enough of the good stuff being active in it.
Step 4. Add your favourite oil, serum, scar heal gel, or moisturiser. Avoid anything with mineral oil in it as it clogs the pores. The first time I did this I used a 2-3cm squeeze of scar healing gel because I was specifically targeting old (like months old, never going away) scars. The second time I used about 15-20 drops of organic rosehip oil and just kept it on hand as a super-potent serum. Both worked great. The scar gel turned quite liquid but it was fine.
Step 5. Use the serum or cream overnight as needed, after a shower or washing the face, on clean dry skin. Use a moisturiser on top if you need to, and don’t forget to exfoliate and deep cleanse the skin gently on two different days every other week.
Note: Don’t use harsh exfoliants or soapy, harsh deep cleansers however, even if your skin is oily! I recommend chemical exfoliants such as Peter Thomas Roth Complexion Pads, or Kate Somerville Exfolikate (spread gently and leave on for 3mins – DO NOT rub), and deep cleansing masks such as Aesop Parsley seed cleansing masque, or Origins charcoal deep cleansing mask.
Let us all know here at MSM diary how you get on with your homemade MSM cream / Vitamin C serum!