MSM: “The Miracle Supplement”
If you’re wondering why this incredibly powerful supplement uses such an unimpressive three letter acronym, it’s because science knows that once you begin taking MSM, you will need an easier way to tell all your friends about it than attempting to pronounce methylsulfonylmethane. A tongue twister isn’t it?
What Is MSM?
MSM is an organic sulfur-containing compound that is naturally found in all vertebrates, including humans. Sulfur contributes largely to detoxification in the human body as it is critical to a key antioxidant, glutathione, and to the emulsifier amino acid, taurine. By consuming supplemental MSM, we increase the biologically active sulfur available to the body for many different physical functions that take place daily. Sulfur, through its presence in proteins (as the amino acids cysteine, cystine, and methionine) helps maintain the elasticity of our skin and the structural health of your muscles and bones. A sulfur deficiency hinders normal cell function which can possibly lead to a host of issues such as obesity, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and chronic fatigue.
How To Use It
If the foundational health benefits of MSM don’t excite you, then the anti-inflammatory benefits surely should. Most athletes, whether they are weight lifters, runners, or people who hike a lot, are familiar with the discomfort of joint inflammation. Fortunately, MSM can help alleviate muscle aches, reduce swelling, and improve joint mobility. MSM provides a buffering effect to the rigid fibrous tissues which become damaged during exercise, thereby reducing the impact and severity of swelling. Additionally, by improving the permeability of cell walls within muscles, MSM increases the nutrient absorption and waste product elimination of these tissues, thereby increasing the rate of muscle recovery.
Increasing MSM Effectiveness
Yes, MSM has been referred to as a “miracle supplement” for its many analgesic and regenerative properties. Its impact can be even further improved with the aid of other complementary nutrients such as glucosamine, curcumin, boswellia, turmeric and astaxanthin.
Products such as Wilderness Athlete’s Brute Strength post-workout shake and Joint Advantage use these ingredients as well as other powerful extracts to combat inflammation and next day soreness. The next time you look closely under the hood of your recovery shake and joint supplement, make sure MSM is included for rapid recovery and next day training.