Join our community:
Sign up for helpful articles, special offers and more
Your Name
 
 

Could MSM help with rheumatoid arthritis?

Could MSM help with rheumatoid arthritis?

Could MSM Help With Rheumatoid Arthritis?

MSM: what is it and why do we need it?
MSM stands for Methyl Sulfonyl Methane (also sometimes called Dimethyl Sulfone).  It’s a natural, organic source of easily absorbed Sulfur – and it’s present in tiny amounts in most fresh raw, unprocessed foods.  

Sulfur is the fourth most common mineral in our bodies, and is a major component of  healthy skin, hair, bones, cartilage, tendons and ligaments.  It plays a role in creating the bonds that link  the building blocks of connective tissue together, which means it supports joint cartilage structure.

Rheumatoid arthritis: facts and figures in New Zealand
Arthritis is the medical term for joint pain and inflammation, and it can occur in several forms.  Rheumatoid arthritis is the second most common form in New Zealand (after osteoarthritis)1.  It affects around 40,000 New Zealanders – more often women than men, and mostly between the ages of 25-50, although it can happen at any age.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune condition, which means it happens when your immune systems starts to see your own body as a threat.  It can affect your entire body, but especially your joints, which become hot, swollen, sore and inflamed.

Most natural joint pain remedies have little effect on rheumatoid arthritis. This may be because they tend to provide your body with compounds it can use as building blocks to rebuild joint cartilage.  The problem with rheumatoid arthritis is not a lack of joint cartilage building blocks, but with painfully inflamed joint tissue.

Why MSM may help with rheumatoid arthritis
There appears to be little research that directly investigates the effects of MSM on rheumatoid arthritis.  However, MSM has been shown to have three effects that mean it may assist with some rheumatoid arthritis symptoms:
Firstly, MSM has been shown to help counteract inflammation and relieve the pain of several systemic inflammatory conditions.

Secondly, the sulfur that MSM provides is a key component of glutathione – one of the body’s most powerful natural antioxidants.

Finally, MSM has been shown to support tissue healing, which may help when joint tissue has been damaged by chronic inflammation.

Where can you find MSM and what do you need to know about it?
Although trace amounts of MSM occur naturally in many foods, it breaks down easily in heat – so cooking or processing food can destroy it.   This means that if you want to ensure your body’s own MSM levels are where they should be, it can help to take an MSM supplement.

You can find MSM in a convenient, easy-to-swallow capsule on the shelves of most pharmacies and health food stores.  Try taking 1-2g daily for a few weeks and see if it has any effect on your symptoms.

Just be aware that if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding or taking prescription medication – especially blood thinners – you’ll need to speak to your doctor first.

1http://www.arthritis.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/4203_art_RA_flyer_2-0.pdf

Post New Comment

Could MSM help with rheumatoid arthritis?

What is arthritis? MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane) is an organic sulphur. Learn how MSM may help with inflammation, joint pain & rheumatoid arthritis. Could MSM Help With Rheumatoid Arthritis?

MSM: what is it and why do we need it?
MSM stands for Methyl Sulfonyl Methane (also sometimes called Dimethyl Sulfone).  It’s a natural, organic source of easily absorbed Sulfur – and it’s present in tiny amounts in most fresh raw, unprocessed foods.  

Sulfur is the fourth most common mineral in our bodies, and is a major component of  healthy skin, hair, bones, cartilage, tendons and ligaments.  It plays a role in creating the bonds that link  the building blocks of connective tissue together, which means it supports joint cartilage structure.

Rheumatoid arthritis: facts and figures in New Zealand
Arthritis is the medical term for joint pain and inflammation, and it can occur in several forms.  Rheumatoid arthritis is the second most common form in New Zealand (after osteoarthritis)1.  It affects around 40,000 New Zealanders – more often women than men, and mostly between the ages of 25-50, although it can happen at any age.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune condition, which means it happens when your immune systems starts to see your own body as a threat.  It can affect your entire body, but especially your joints, which become hot, swollen, sore and inflamed.

Most natural joint pain remedies have little effect on rheumatoid arthritis. This may be because they tend to provide your body with compounds it can use as building blocks to rebuild joint cartilage.  The problem with rheumatoid arthritis is not a lack of joint cartilage building blocks, but with painfully inflamed joint tissue.

Why MSM may help with rheumatoid arthritis
There appears to be little research that directly investigates the effects of MSM on rheumatoid arthritis.  However, MSM has been shown to have three effects that mean it may assist with some rheumatoid arthritis symptoms:
Firstly, MSM has been shown to help counteract inflammation and relieve the pain of several systemic inflammatory conditions.

Secondly, the sulfur that MSM provides is a key component of glutathione – one of the body’s most powerful natural antioxidants.

Finally, MSM has been shown to support tissue healing, which may help when joint tissue has been damaged by chronic inflammation.

Where can you find MSM and what do you need to know about it?
Although trace amounts of MSM occur naturally in many foods, it breaks down easily in heat – so cooking or processing food can destroy it.   This means that if you want to ensure your body’s own MSM levels are where they should be, it can help to take an MSM supplement.

You can find MSM in a convenient, easy-to-swallow capsule on the shelves of most pharmacies and health food stores.  Try taking 1-2g daily for a few weeks and see if it has any effect on your symptoms.

Just be aware that if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding or taking prescription medication – especially blood thinners – you’ll need to speak to your doctor first.

1http://www.arthritis.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/4203_art_RA_flyer_2-0.pdf
Could MSM help with rheumatoid arthritis?
 

More News & Articles

Date:Thursday, 29 August 2013

How probiotics affect digestive system health

Probiotics are essential to your health, well-being & immunity. They also play an important role in ...

Date:Wednesday, 17 July 2013

How do Glucosamine sulfate and Chondroitin help to relieve osteoarthritis symptoms?

Can chondroitin and glucosamine supplements help with arthritis? How? Learn to choose the best ...

 

Related Products

Showing 1 - 2 of 2 items
Glucosamine & Fish Oil with Chondroitin

Glucosamine & Fish Oil with Chondroitin

Triple-action joint support formula. Maintains joint comfort, aids joint mobility, supports joint cartilage.

AVAILABLE IN 180 CAPSULES

View Details
Glucosamine 1500 Complex Advanced

Glucosamine 1500 Complex Advanced

High-strength glucosamine formula. 1500mg Glucosamine sulfate, Chondroitin, MSM & essential joint support nutrients.

AVAILABLE IN 90 AND 180 TABLETS

View Details