MSM stands for methylsulfonylmethane, an organic form of sulfur. Sulfur is the fourth most plentiful mineral in your body and is essential for life. It is an important element for all cells and body tissues, especially for joint tissue where it functions in the stabilization of the connective tissue of cartilage, tendons, and ligaments. MSM has shown a remarkable ability to reduce or eliminate muscle soreness and cramps both in geriatric patients and in athletes. It's even given to race horses before a race to prevent muscle soreness, and afterward to reduce the risk of cramping.
Sulfur is vital to the creation and regeneration of the body's tissues. It is found in every cell in the body. When rigid fibrous tissue cells swell and become inflamed, pressure and pain result. MSM restores the flexibility and permeability of cell walls allowing fluids to pass through the tissues with ease so the cell can also absorb nutrients more easily. MSM is a powerful detoxifier that allows harmful substances such as lactic acid and toxins to flow out of cells in the joints and muscles, thereby equalizing the pressure and eliminating the cause of pain. This prevents the pressure buildup in cells that causes inflammation. Lack of proper levels of MSM can lead to problems such as lost flexibility, scar tissue, wrinkles, varicose veins, dry cracking skin, and joint problems.