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WHAT IS MSM? MSM, or methylsulphonylmethane, is a naturally occurring organic source of nutritional sulfur with multiple functions in the body. It is found in all living organisms and is present in our body fluids and tissues. It is found in many foods such as fruits, vegetables, meats, fish and milk but is commonly lost during storage and cooking. Sulfur is a critical component of many important amino acids contained in our cellular proteins. Simply put, MSM is nutritional sulfur that is essential to a healthy body.

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WHY USE MSM? MSM is a natural compound that our bodies utilize each and every day. It needs to be replaced every day. Good health practices involve replacing essential substances that our bodies naturally use up or lose through illness or abuse. MSM is the flexible bond between proteins. When a cell dies, a new cell takes its place. Without the needed amount of MSM, it attaches but becomes rigid. When tissues lose their flexibility, problems develop. Without the proper amount of MSM in our bodies, the amino acids will continue to build the glands, but fail to produce the correct enzymes, making us prone to unnecessary illness.

Next to oxygen, water, and salt, MSM is the fourth most needed element in human and animal nutrition. Sulfur is involved in nearly every metabolic process in the body, and is essential in the regeneration and nourishment of healthy cells. Our bodies are made so that they produce new cells 24 hours a day. It is very important that our glands put out the right enzymes and hormones to regulate and keep our bodies healthy. Without the proper amount of sulfur or MSM in our system, our bodies produce bad, dysfunctional cells, deficient in the basic ingredients that constitute a healthy cell. When our system is deficient in MSM, our bodies cannot make enough good cells to overcome the effects of the bad cells. We then are subject to various illnesses, aches, pains and allergies until we correct the problem with good healthy cells. The body wants to heal itself, if it can get the proper nourishment. We need to supplement our diets with MSM to enable the body to heal itself. MSM helps our bodies utilize the vitamins that we take, providing the means to derive the maximum benefit from those vitamins. MSM plays a major role in the processes that create a vital healthy body As we age, the concentration of MSM in the body decreases. The surest way to maintain adequate levels of MSM in the body is to replenish it with a manufactured supplement.

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IS MSM SAFE? MSM is rated as one of the least toxic substances in biology. MSM is no more toxic than water and can never hurt anyone. Common table salt is much more toxic than MSM. MSM has been widely tested as a food ingredient without any reports of allergic reactions. Everyone can use MSM. One may be allergic to the sulfa, sulfide and sulfate forms of the sulfur family. These are the ones used as components of drugs and preservatives. Sulfonyl is also in the sulfur family, however, it is a nutritional form of sulfur and you cannot be allergic to it. MSM is completely water-soluble so if you overdose, the extra MSM becomes inert and just passes through your system. Your body will use what it needs and, over eight to twelve hours or so will flush out whatever MSM it doesn't need. Nutritional sulfur is an essential raw material that one's body uses to nourish and heal itself. You need it to survive. About half of the body's total sulfur is concentrated in the muscles, while the other half is found in the brain, hair, skin and bones.

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WHAT DOES MSM DO? MSM is a free radical scavenger, so allergies to food and pollens will go away. MSM also prevents overreaction to other medicines, so it does not work against any medications. MSM controls acidity in the stomach, so it can help ulcers. MSM coats the intestinal tract so parasites lose their ability to hang on. They are then flushed away. This could prevent colon problems. MSM detoxifies the body and increases blood circulation. Because there are few nerves in the bones, our pain comes from the soft tissue. Aspirin shuts off the nerves, but the muscles are still damaged. MSM takes out the inflammation, permits the muscles to heal and prevents them from becoming sore. If you play sports or workout in a gym and normally get sore muscles the next day, take MSM before you exercise and you will notice a difference. If taken after exercise, the soreness will go away faster. Beneficial effects from regular usage of MSM have been reported for alleviating arthritis, improved flexibility, smoother skin, healthier hair and nails and faster and better healing from surgical procedures or wounds.

Research indicates that perhaps sulfur's most important health role is in carbohydrate metabolism, which is significant for hypoglycemics and diabetics. Sulfur is a significant component of insulin, the protein hormone secreted by the pancreas that is essential to the metabolism of carbohydrates. A lack of nutritional sulfur in the diet can result in low insulin production. On the other hand, a diet that contains adequate amounts of sulfur might increase the body's ability to produce insulin to the point where insulin injections can be reduced.

One of the oddest things about MSM is that when taken in sufficient amounts, it gives tremendous energy and at the same time, it helps one to be calm. Creativity increases. Apparently MSM allows each cell in one's body to breathe better; and energy, health and relaxation comprise our natural state. In this state we are more attuned to our surroundings and creativity flourishes.

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HOW MUCH MSM SHOULD I TAKE? The amount of MSM required to obtain maximum benefit will vary among individuals and according to need. The body uses up 1/8 teaspoon of MSM each day during resting time alone. Active bodies or ailing bodies need more. In general, taking about 750 milligrams of MSM for every 45 pounds of body weight (spread out in two or three servings over the course of the day) is a good amount. It is suggested you begin with one 750 mg tablet two or three times a day and increase as desired, up to five tablets two or three times a day. The benefit of MSM will further be enhanced when 2,000 mg or more of Vitamin C is consumed. You may want to experiment with larger amounts over time, but start out slowly. MSM helps your body rid itself of stored toxins and if you proceed too quickly your may experience unpleasant side effects such as irritability or what is known as a liver headache. Such symptoms can indicate that your body is cleaning out so quickly that your kidneys and liver and lymph system are being overworked. If you find this occurring to you, reduce the amount of MSM that you are taking for a few days until your body has processed out more of its accumulated garbage. How do you know when you have found the right amount? That will take a little time. Simply pay close attention to how your feel and to your overall energy level. At any rate, life's circumstances change, as do our needs. When you are under stress, you may find that temporarily increasing the MSM a little will help you over the rough spots.

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NOTE: DETOXIFICATION Starting on MSM, some users notice signs of an initial detoxification. These include headache, loose stool, fatigue and nausea, lasting a 1 to 14 days - the uncomfortable but welcome signs of cellular cleansing. If detoxification symptoms are unbearable, reduce the amount of MSM until symptoms subside. Do not stop taking the MSM. Your end result will greatly outweigh the temporary discomfort of detoxification.

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SIDE EFFECTS: MSM does have side effects. MSM causes, strong luxurious fingernails, toenails, and hair. They also grow faster and become healthier and stronger because MSM is an organic sulfur and you have more organic sulfur in your nails and hair than anywhere else in your body. Another effect of taking MSM is healthy glowing skin. Do not confuse detoxification symptoms with side effects.

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HOW SOON WILL I NOTICE RESULTS? A single dose of MSM is usually not effective in relieving symptoms. Noticeable results are usually seen within 2 to 21 days. The amount of MSM in each dose is not critical. The minimum individual dose is about 750-1,000 mg. However, total daily dosages of 1,500 to 5,000 mg are recommended (2,500 to 5,000 mg being preferable).

Everyone's body will respond differently and different conditions will take longer to heal. MSM is helping your body heal itself. Some conditions are relieved in days, while others may take months. MSM can only help the body's natural healing process. There are no guarantees associated with use of the product because everyone's body is different. The body will always benefit from MSM, but in different ways for different people.

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