Fitness Training with MSM - Methyl Sulfonyl Methane
For Detoxification & Energy
who's been around the gym for any length of time has likely become
jaded with the constant barrage of super nutrients designed to miraculously
convert our diligent efforts into the sleek and powerful machine
we envisioned when we undertook the training task.
Notwithstanding the role of genetics, in the final analysis there
is no substitute for training hard and heavy, eating a balanced
diet, getting proper rest and recovery, drinking plenty of water,
and supplementing with the essential nutrients.
Obviously, the macronutrient support must come primarily from the
diet in the form of protein, complex carbohydrates, and fats. Heavy
training and muscular growth requires supplemental protein. These
are the basic facts, which participants in the iron game have come
to accept as gospel.
But, the truth beyond the basics too often becomes a crapshoot
with the one who has the gold making the rules and dictating the
convincing market-mania, which attracts the money from our wallets
like bees to honey.
In our search for the Holy Grail of bigger, stronger, faster, leaner,
we frequently succumb to these obscure panaceas while overlooking
the obvious. Never has this been truer than in the case of the essential
element MSM (methyl sulfonyl methane).
MSM is a white, odorless, nonmetallic organic crystalline compound,
which is derived as a metabolite from dimethyl-sulfoxide (DMSO).
Approximately one-third of this compound is organic sulfur, utilized
by the body to REGULATE ENERGY, DEHYDRATION AND DETOXIFICATION.
It works by making the cell membranes more permeable which allows
nutrients in and waste products out of the cell. Since sulfur is
critical to the formation of skin cells, when adequate sulfur is
present the new skin formed is softer, smoother, and more permeable
as well. This permits the sweat glands to eliminate the excess cellular
waste rather than overburdening the kidneys or liver.
the third most plentiful mineral in the human body, sulfur is found
in every cell of the body. In fact, it is required to build healthy
cells and tissue. Cartilage and connective tissue are formed primarily
from collagen, which requires organic sulfur to be created by the
Aside from the normal wear and tear on the joints of the body produced
by the aging process, when you combine a sulfur deficiency with
heavy training you are insuring inevitable muscle and joint problems
as your soft tissue dehydrates, losing flexibility and permeability.
As the cells of these tissues become polluted with waste the acid
debris begins to irritate and inflame. Add a change in barometric
pressure and the cells inflate causing pressure on surrounding nerves
resulting in aches and pains, which just won't go away.
Anti-inflammatory use offers a short term solution as they soothe
the symptoms of the problem temporarily; however, they also provide
long-term side effects in the form of gastrointestinal bleeding,
kidney malfunction, and dependency.
While this mineral was meant to be derived primarily from dietary
sources of meat, poultry, dairy, and eggs the progressive demineralization
of the soil combined with MODERN food processing and cooking techniques
(such as washing, cooking and steaming) and fad diets has all but
eliminated any viable sources of dietary sulfur.
To understand MSM, some background information is necessary. MSM
is a "naturally-occurring nutrient found in normal human diets".
It gets into the diet through the sulfur cycle. Ocean plankton release
sulfur compounds which rise into the ozone where ultraviolet light
makes MSM and DMSO. DMSO, dimethyl sulfoxide, is a precursor to
MSM. MSM and DMSO return to the surface of the earth in rain. Plants
concentrate MSM and return it to the earth and the sea. Evaporation
into the air results in their return to the earth.
MSM has a unique action on body tissues. It decreases the pressure
inside the cell. In removing fluids and toxins, sulfur affects the
cell membrane. MSM is an organic form of sulfur, whereas sulfites
in foodstuffs are inorganic. Sulfur is present in all cells and
is in the form of organic compounds throughout the body. However,
sulfur can be found in the body in sulfate forms. It forms sulfate
compounds with sodium, potassium, magnesium, and selenium. MSM has
significance, because sulfur compounds are found everywhere throughout
the body and in nature.
Sulfur has an indirect importance, because sulfur compounds play
a role in many body organs and systems. Sulfur is in the hair, skin,
and nails. Many amino acids, the building blocks of protein, have
sulfur as a component. Taurine is a sulfur-containing amino acid
formed from methionine. Taurine stabilizes cell membranes. Methionine
contains sulfur, detoxifies cells, and is involved in pain relief.
Carnitine comes from methionine and transports long chain fatty
acids preventing accumulations of lipoproteins. Many B-complex vitamins
interact with or contain sulfur. Sulfur is needed for insulin production.
current use of MSM is for joint problems, as sulfur is found in
and near osseous structures. Sulfur supports healthy muscles, tendons,
and ligaments. Arthritic conditions have responded to oral MSM.
Some researchers note results from MSM when used for post-exercise
muscle pain. MSM normalizes pressure inside cells and removes toxins.
Oregon Health Sciences University has conducted arthritis studies
with mice. The mice which received MSM had "no degeneration
of articular cartilage". The other non-MSM mice had cartilaginous
degeneration. The university has used MSM on over 12,000 patents.
Researchers make no claim about MSM as a supplement, but osteoarthritis,
rheumatoid arthritis, muscle soreness and muscle pain respond to
Avoiding nightshade plants has helped arthritis patients (tomatoes
/ potatoes / green pepper/eggplant). Biotin and vitamin C help the
body assimilate MSM. Biotin and vitamin C are found in fresh fruits.
Eating fresh fruits while taking MSM could be helpful.
In addition to arthritis, it may have other future uses. In fact,
most people are deficient in sulfur. Insulin synthesis depends upon
sulfur. Many vitamins require or contain sulfur. Some researchers
claim it has many future uses such as in allergies.
A good MSM product is both safe and effective. The MSM source for
MSM supplements is often lignin from pine trees. Lignin is a molecule
in plants that is part of a plant's cell wall. Lignin oxidation
in oak wine barrels results in the vanilla flavors of wines. The
pine tree lignin is an ideal source for a good MSM product.
For those who do not want to take MSM as a supplement, food sources
of sulfur are as follows: sunflower seeds, garlic, lentils, soybeans,
and yogurt. Persons with kidney problems or recurrent kidney stones
may not want to take MSM. Certain renal tubular defects can make
a person susceptible to recurrent kidney stones. Other kidney defects
include errors of metabolism in which processing of sulfur amino
acids is altered. Such persons may wish to avoid MSM.
One thousand to three thousand milligrams per day is a typical
dosage range, but some people take well above that amount. This
author takes MSM alone. From the cell walls of pine trees to the
cells of the human body, a good MSM supplement can contribute to
Methylsulfonylmethane is a relatively new dietary supplement form
of sulfur that is found in our living tissues. MSM supports healthy
connective tissues like tendons, ligaments, and muscle. Thus, it
is important in conditions such as arthritis, muscle pains, bursitis,
etc. MSM should be considered an integral part of any health care
practice because of its physiological action, indirect importance,
and current / future uses.
body made up of healthy, flexible cells will not only feel better,
it will look better too. The body is continuously at work replacing
old, worn out cells with new ones. The process goes on 24 hours
a day, 7 days a week, without stop. When all the raw materials needed
for cell-building are available, it is a very efficient process.
When there are deficiencies, the new cells may be weak, rigid or
MSM is not a medicine, a drug, or a food additive. It is a food.
MSM is an organic form of sulfur that can be easily absorbed and
utilized by the body. Since sulfur is a component of all cells,
it is essential that the body have a plentiful supply of this mineral
in its usable form.
There is a positive synergistic effect on building healthier cells
when MSM is taken in combination with vitamin C. The new cells are
more pliable and permeable, allowing fluids to pass through the
tissue more easily. Internally this means more efficient elimination
of toxins, a reduction in inflammation and pain - so you feel better.
On the outside it shows up as a softer, smoother complexion, stronger
hair and nails - so you look better.
Train hard, but don't forget the basics. Organic sulfur is readily
available in supplemental form as MSM. It's inexpensive, it's simple,
it's powerful, and it's effective. It's also nontoxic with a toxicity
profile equivalent to that of water.
So, if you truly want to experience more energy and achieve consistent
results while minimizing the nagging obstacles of potential injuries,
consider adding organic sulfur to your diet in the form of MSM today!
Richard A. DiCenso