What Is MSM?
MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) is found in various supplements targeted at helping improve joint function and reduce pain. It is naturally found in plants, animals and humans. It has been shown to be effective as a natural analgesic and anti-inflammatory agent. Because of this research has been done to examine its ability to aid in the treatment of certain health conditions.
One study published in 2004 examined the effectiveness of MSM supplementation on its own, and MSM combined with Glucosamine in relieving symptoms of osteoarthritis in the knees. The study included a control group which was given a placebo, what it found was that Glucosamine, MSM and their combination produced an analgesic and anti-inflammatory effect. The two combined showed better efficacy in reducing pain and swelling and improving the function of the joints. There were significant improvements is both signs and symptoms in the group given a combination of Glucosamine and MSM over the control group.[i]
Another study published in 2006 examined MSM supplementation versus a placebo group in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis. MSM was given in a 3 g dose twice a day for 12 weeks. Compared to the placebo group, the MSM group produced significant decreases in pain and improvement in function without any adverse effects. [ii]
There are several other studies linking MSM to improvements in pain reduction relating to osteoarthritis. Reducing pain will allow individuals to function at a higher capacity with less pain, preserving overall function. One contributing factor to an increase in pain and loss of function in individuals suffering from Osteoarthritis is reduced activity. Typically this happens as a result of pain, individuals limit their movements to avoid pain which in fact reduces function further. There is significant value in natural supplements that allow these individuals to avoid this.
At Pure Body Balance we have started to carry supplements produced by a company located in British Columbia called Alora Naturals. One of these products is “Joint Recovery” This product contains Glucosamine, Turmeric (see benefits here), Vitamin C, and MSM among others. This supplement is available at Pure Body Balance for $49.99, contact us or come in and see us if you would like to find out more.
Keegan Marshall CPT, CES, MMACS
[i] Clinical Drug Investigation, June 2004, Volume 24, Issue 6, pgs 352-363: Randomised, Double-Blind, Parallel, Placebo-Controlled Study of Oral Glucosamine, Methylsulfonylmethane and their Combination in Osteoarthritis – Dr P. R. Usha, M. U. R. Naidu
[ii] Efficacy of methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) in osteoarthritis pain of the knee: a pilot clinical trial -Dr L.S. Kim, N.D. (Medical Director), Dr L.J. Axelrod, N.D. (Professor), Dr P. Howard, M.D. (Medical Director), Dr N. Buratovich, N.D. (Chair), Dr R.F. Waters, Ph.D. (Chair)