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MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane)
By James F. Balch, M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.D.
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Description: MSM is a naturally occurring component in the body and is found in many foods, especially green vegetables. It is a good source of the mineral sulfur. MSM is used as a supplement primarily to reduce pain and inflammation.


  • Allergies
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hair and nail health
  • Headaches
  • Heartburn
  • Muscle spasms
  • Sports injuries

Precautions: Rare reports of digestive upset, such as diarrhea, cramping, and stomach upset, occur with too high a dosage. Otherwise, MSM is nontoxic. People on blood-thinning medications should check with their doctors first before using MSM, as it has mild blood-thinning effects.

Dosage: Take 500 to 2,000 mg for preventative purposes and up to 10,000 mg daily for severe pain and inflammatory disorders.

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