Joint Health – MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane)

This is part of our ongoing The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging spotlight. Each week, we will be posting some of the great information that’s packed into our book, The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging.

Today’s topic:
Joint Health – MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane)

MSM is an organic sulfur compound that is chemically inert. It occurs naturally in certain plants and is available as a dietary supplement for joint health. Sulfur is a mineral that is necessary for the health of connective tissue throughout the body, including the bones, joints, ligaments and tendons. Supplemental MSM provides sulfur that can be used in the formation and maintenance of these different types of connective tissue. Studies have shown that MSM can enhance joint health and function. Recently, a study conducted in India showed that MSM, alone and in combination with glucosamine, was able to promote joint comfort and mobility.19 The study was a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial conducted in 118 individuals. Using MSM in combination with glucosamine, similar to the combination of glucosamine with chondroitin, may be another viable approach that nature has developed for helping us achieve functional, healthy joints.

Next Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging topic:
Joint Health – Use Them, or Lose Them

References:
19. Usha PR, Naidu MU. Randomised, Double-Blind, Parallel, Placebo-Controlled Study of Oral Glucosamine, Methylsulfonylmethane and their Combination in Osteoarthritis. Clin Drug Investig. 2004;24(6):353-63.

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