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The Miracle Supplement: How MSM Improves Joints, Allergies, and Gut Health

The Miracle Supplement: How MSM Improves Joints, Allergies, and Gut Health

May 4th 2018

In our recent post, “All-Natural Skincare Solutions for Glowing Skin”, we briefly mentioned MSM and the benefits it has on skin health. It does so much more. We're inspired to share with you this miracle supplement, and how it can support joints, allergies, and gut health. MSM is an abbreviation for the tongue-twisting term methylsulfonylmethane. This organic sulfur compound is found in all living organisms and is primarily comprised of oxygen, hydrogen, carbon, and sulfur. Biologically active sulfur is the standout element found in MSM as it is the fourth most abundant mineral found in the human body and plays a critical role in a variety of bodily functions(1).

Joint Support

Clinical studies have shown that taking MSM in conjunction with glucosamine has proven beneficial for joint support by reducing inflammation(2). Sulfur is a necessary component in the tissue repair process. When our bodies are recovering from everything from an intense workout to sickness, sulfur plays a key role in the healing and repair process. Applying MSM topically in a lotion or gel form can also help to support joint mobility. It also supports joint health by increasing muscle flexibility and boosting collagen production.


MSM has the ability to inhibit histamine response(3). When histamines are running rampant in the body, they can cause a variety of uncomfortable symptoms including environmental and seasonal allergies. The anti-inflammatory properties of MSM seem to block the receptivity of histamine in certain allergy sensitive tissues, such as the mucous membranes in our nasal pathways(4). Supplementing with MSM at the recommended dosage can help to reduce seasonal allergy discomforts and keep them under control.

Gut Health

The reparative properties of MSM extend beyond joints and skin -- it literally supports all tissues of the body, and the gut is no exception. Studies have shown that the sulfur present in MSM offers exceptional support to the digestive process(5). Taking MSM flakes helps reduce gut inflammation and repair damaged intestinal tissues. Many natural health practitioners suggest MSM supplementation help heal leaky gut syndrome - a condition in which the intestinal lining has become so impaired/thin that food and other foreign particles leach out from the gut into the bloodstream, causing a variety of allergy and autoimmune responses. Our gut is responsible for the majority of our immune function so it’s imperative that we do all we can to support it. Supplementing with MSM and probiotic-rich superfoods can help your gut function optimally.

Can You Get MSM From Food?

While MSM does occur naturally in some green veggies and other natural foods, the bioavailability is often impaired due to natural biodegradation, cooking and other factors. This makes obtaining MSM in a form that our bodies can actually utilize from food very difficult. Taking MSM in supplement form is the most efficient way to garner all the benefits it has to offer. All commercially available MSM supplements are synthetic(6) but don’t let that deter you. The key here is education and ensuring that the source/brand offers the utmost in quality, standards, and purity in its product offerings. To learn more about Sunfood MSM click here.

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Sunfood's "Natural Solutions" does not promote or suggest natural cures, natural healing or natural remedies for any disease, disorder or ailment thereof. This information should be treated as educational material gathered and discovered from various studies, clinical trials and customer reviews. It is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, and independent conclusions in regards to natural products and alternative health choices. It is best to consult with your healthcare practitioner before attempting any form of natural cure, natural healing or natural remedy to any health issues.