Since about 8 months I have added a new natural supplement to my daily routine. It’s called MSM. I have heard about MSM before. Some say it is a wonderful product for your hair. I read about it in several topics, especially in topics who where about alopecia (severe hair loss). It got me curious about this miracle cure, what is MSM? I talked to a friend of mine about it and she told me that she already takes MSM for several years. She takes it every day! I wondered why she added this to her daily routine and what her experiences were with it? She indicated that MSM is good for many different things in the body. For strengtening your muscles, your bones, against the aging process of your skin, for strong, healthy, longer hair and nails. Immediately I was interested and I started researching about MSM. So last October I bought some MSM supplements. If you are interested in buying MSM after you read this blog, I can already recommend to you that it is better to buy the pure MSM powder of the flakes. I won’t recommend the supplement. Why? I will explain this later. I bought MSM supplements because I was a little bit afraid of the taste of the MSM powder. A few months before I started taking Ashwagandha every day. This was a real nightmare. The flavor of Ashwagandha is terrible! So you might understand that I was a little bit scared of buying the pure flakes or powder. So I chose to buy the supplements. After a few weeks I also ordered 100 gram of MSM flakes to give it a try. The taste was not bad and I am still very happy that I started taking this natural supplement. It changed a lot for me and I still take it every day.
What exactly is MSM? MSM is an organic form of sulfur. 1 teaspoon of MSM powder or flakes a day is enough to get the right amount of sulphur for your body (depending on your weight). MSM stands for Methylsulfonylmethane. It is a natural sulphur compound that is soluble in water. Sulfur is found in every living creature on earth and everyone needs sulfur. As you get older, sulfur slowly disappears from our bodies, so our body needs more sulphur from our food. But due to our modern way of food preparation, we don’t get enough sulphur inside. Sulfur has a very sensitive structure and is easily destroyed during the processing processes that we apply to our food nowadays. Think of cooling, cooking, heating, cutting etc. Sulfur is nowadays most commonly found in food products that you can eat raw. Such as cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, peppers, asparagus and onions. But only in the natural or organic products. Unfortunately we, the modern man and woman, eventually get too little sulphur to complement the shortcome in our body.
What does MSM do for your health?
Our body needs sulfur compounds. Sulfur compounds are blood proteins and amino acids. They also make the production of keratin possible. Sulfur plays an important role in the production of insulin and also our liver and gall bladder can not be without sulfur.
Sulfur stimulates the production of collagen. Collagen again provides elasticity in our skin. You’ll also find collagen in your bones, teeth and cartilage. The older we become, the less collagen our body produces on it’s own.
Sulfur also ensures a better absorption of nutrients you ingest every day. The combination of sulfur with the right amino acids ensures a better drainage of toxins from your body.
Sulfur is also very essential for the function of vitamin B8 (biotin), vitamin B1 (thiamine) and for maintaining a good PH balance in your body. It has been discovered that sulfur is anti-inflammatory and pain killing in muscles and tissues.
After reading all of this, I think you can conclude that the right doses of sulfur is very important for our body.
MSM for your skin, hair and nails.
My experience with MSM.
Tips for purchasing MSM.
Choose for the most pure type of MSM you can find. This way a teaspoon every day will be enough. You can test the purity yourself. It is really easy. Just fill a clear glass with water and add a teaspoon of MSM powder or flakes. Stir this for a few seconds and then just wait a minute. The powder or the flakes must be dissolved completely. The water should be as clear as it was before you put the MSM in it. If the water turns milky or white, then you know the MSM flakes or the powder is not from a really good quality.
Beware of MSM capsules. Unfortunately they add other substances in the MSM capsules. The capsules are not only pure MSM. I found out that 1 tablet/capsule of 1000mg MSM contained only 16% sulfur. 84% was other stuff. So pay attention to what you buy and don’t just only look at the front of the bottle. Always look at the ingredients.
I have bought my MSM flakes at louland.nl. They are very clear about the content and the origin of their products.
I have bought OptiMSM at louland.nl. OptiMSM is distilled four times by a high-quality distillation process and is therefore very pure. This also shows in the test, the flakes of OptiMSM disappear completely in a glass with water and the water stays clear.
Tip: Take the MSM flakes/powder in combination with some lemon juice. Vitamin C stimulates the absorption of the MSM.
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