Studying health and nutrition for many years I learned a lot about many amazing molecules and compounds that exist in nature and make up our bodies. These include water, carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, probiotics and an array of other nutrients.
With what I studied in school and on my own, I never came across MSM Organic Sulfur (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane) until I became aware of its importance in Vitamin C formulas. What I started finding kept me up at nights with excitement! I was astonished at the power of this single compound and how much we underestimate it in the natural health community.
If you visit a nutrition store and check MSM Sulfur labels for its recommended use (or purpose), you will find the following statement: “Helps to relieve the pain associated with osteoarthritis of the knee, and osteopathic pain”. It’s mostly recommended for support of bone and joint repair only, which in my opinion, is a huge understatement of its true potential.With what I studied in school and on my own, I never came across MSM Sulfur (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane) until I became aware of its importance in Vitamin C formulas. What I started finding kept me up at nights with excitement! I was astonished at the power of this one compound and how little we use it in the natural health community.
Continuing on with my discovery I set out to find out as much as I could about it and made a list of benefits that I could share with others. Here is what I found:
- It restores bones and connective tissues, helping to relieve the pain associated with osteoarthritis of the knee, and osteoarthritic pain
- It greatly improves Vitamin C absorption and is recommended to accompany Vitamin C (in the supplement formulas); delivery to the problem area is much improved when used together
- It is water soluble and is the third largest nutrient in the body
- It improves the body’s ability to make its own antioxidants – glutathione, which is present and vital for every cell
- It helps reduce inflammation, as a fantastic free radical scavenger and detoxifying agent
- It maintains the body’s defence system, protecting it from the flu and colds
- It is referred to as a ‘beauty element’ and helps improve health of our skin, nails and hair (for example: it makes up to 35% of our hair!)
- It makes bonds between proteins more flexible
- It improves flexibility in tissues, through increased cell permeability
- It is efficient at cleansing the colon and flushing out parasites
- It improves flexibility and permeability of the intestinal wall, which helps increase nutrient absorption
- It can help with varicose veins, red spots and other dermal problems
- It helps normalize blood pH
- It can regulate diabetes; sulfur is necessary in the production of insulin, as well as other sulfur-based amino acids necessary for the metabolism of carbohydrates
- It helps reduce allergy symptoms by being an efficient antioxidants
- It helps prevent medication over-reaction
- Many vitamins and minerals need sulfur bonds, these include: coenzyme Q10, selenium, calcium, magnesium, pantothenic acid, A,C,D, E all enzymes and amino acids (if you don’t have enough organic sulfur a lot of vitamins and minerals run through you)
- It helps detoxify aluminum and lithium from the brain, and can be helpful for Alzheimer patients
- It regulates cholesterol, lack of MSM results in elevated cholesterol
- It helps dealing with yeast and Candida
- It helps with glaucoma, likely due to its ability to increase bloods pH and antioxidant potential
- It helps with macular degeneration; MSM is a potent building material that helps rebuild the damaged tissue
- A study of the periodic table shows sulfur, selenium, and tellurium are the only oxygen transport minerals
Is this not an incredible list of benefits? For me, these findings confirm that nature (and all creation) is incredibly intelligent. Organic Sulfur it is given a fair chance and is used respectfully, it will facilitate and support the body’s ability to heal.
Make sure to find high quality Organic Sulfur. I found that most MSM sold in health food stores is only 30 – 39% sulfur (the rest is Methyl Cellulose and Silicon Dioxide, and other anti caking ingredients that interfere with the uptake of sulfur to the cells). I started sourcing MSM for myself and my family which in time became a product that i distribute, you are welcome to try my MSM called “Antonina” – it is a 100% pure and third party tested Organic Sulfur crystals that haven’t been distilled past its precipitation into crystalline matrix from lignin based DMSO. It is what I take, share with family and confident to put my name on and share with the world. Would love to hear about your successes and personal experiences.
A year later after my initial research on MSM Sulfur, the subject came up in a conversation with a family friend again. The next day I decided to look and see if I can find new and amazing facts about Organic Sulfur…and I did! I enquired about what MSM does in protecting us from high levels of radiation we are experiencing today. Here is some of what I found in Fukushima’s Radiation Release Article by Dr. Thomas S. Lee, NMD
“The inclusion of various sulfur-containing functions in organic molecules yielded compounds having whole-body radiation protection from lethal doses of gamma radiation in animals.” - Annals of Pharmacotherapy, 1992 Sept.26 (9):1144-7
Dr. Thomas S. Lee, NMD writes that
“After the atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, many of the Japanese people survived radiation poisoning simply by eating their traditional miso soup, which is made from fermented soybeans, sea vegetables like kombu, and root vegetables—all of which are rich in iodine and sulfur. Other natural sources of sulfur are garlic, cilantro, and pine lignans. Deep taproots of pine trees penetrate into sulfur-rich sub-soils.”
Another very interesting statement explains that
“Organic Sulfur facilitates the movement of oxygen in and out of our cells to assist in the repair of damaged or dying cells. Sulfur-containing amino acids are needed to repair protein that has been damaged and to build new cells. Those amino acids can’t be formed as well without adequate sulfur.” This simple fact explains to me MSM’s many positive health promoting functions and benefits I found and listed above.“After the atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, many of the Japanese people survived radiation poisoning simply by eating their traditional miso soup, which is made from fermented soybeans, sea vegetables like kombu, and root vegetables—all of which are rich in iodine and sulfur. Other natural sources of sulfur are garlic, cilantro, and pine lignans. Deep taproots of pine trees penetrate into sulfur-rich sub-soils.”
I see many reasons to supplement with Organic Sulfur. You may ask: If it is readily available in nature and is stored in the plants and animal products we eat why do we need to supplement with it? The answer is simple…
Yes, it’s always best to obtain all required nutrition from clean, nutrient dense, unprocessed foods in our diet but supplementing for optimal health may be necessary today. Here is why – our water and air are not the same today as they were 50-100 years ago. For example, with a widespread use of chemical fertilizers, toxic herbicides, pesticides and hundreds of other petrochemicals persistently used on our soil organic sulfur is severely depleted in our food supply. Depleted soil means that our food no longer provides the amount of dietary sulfur and other important elements that our ancestors once had, chemical fertilizers break the sulfur circle. In addition, as soon as greens, vegetables and fruits are picked the sulfur in them starts diminishing. How long does the food you eat travels to be on your table? Lastly, our bodies are in a much higher demand today than ever before due to our daily toxic environmental exposure and stress levels which deplete us of this and other nutrients daily.
Here is some more interesting information from the article I just read, it’s called Super Sulfur – MSM based mineral antioxidant:
“It is found in all foods, milk, fruits, meats and vegetables. MSM is a natural form of organic sulfur found in all living organisms. Sulfur is the 3rd most prevalent element found in your body. Your body is made up of water, salt and MSM…
…Although present in most unprocessed foods, MSM is readily lost due to its unstable nature. Unless the diet is composed of primarily raw foods, it is unlikely that sufficient MSM will be ingested to significantly contribute to the nutritional sulfur requirement. MSM supplementation can serve as a normal dietary source of sulfur. MSM has a vitamin like moderating or normalizing influence on body functions.”
With everything I learned and understand about Organic Sulfur I choose to use it daily, including it into my already healthy diet gives me great satisfaction.
Read articles I referenced below, search for more online, and make your own educated choice.
MSM – The Benefits of Organic Sulfur Revised Written by Dallas Clouatre, PhD
Super Sulfur – MSM Based Mineral Antioxidant Published by www.familyhealthnews.com
Great article that discussed the following and much more:
- Sulfur Availability and Obesity Rates
- Why Does Sulfur Deficiency Lead to Obesity?
- Sulfur and Glucose Metabolism
- The Metabolic Syndrome
- Fat Cells, Macrophages and Artheroschleosis
- Sulfur and Alzeimer’s
- Is the Skin a Solar-Powered Battery for the Health?
- Sulfur Deficiency and Muscle Wasting Diseases
Glutathione and the Methylation Cycle by Rich Von Konynenburg Ph.D
This last link about Glutathione depletion and the methylation cycle should read ”sulfur cycle”.
MSM: A Look Into the Future of Pain Relief by Stanley W. Jacob, MD
The study, Methylsulfonylmethane Suppresses Breast Cancer Growth by Down-Regulating STAT3 and STAT5b Pathways appears on the Public Library of Science website and its authors are Lim E, Hong D, Park J, Joung Y, Darvin P, Kim S, Na Y, Hwang T, Ye S, Moon E, Cho B, Do Park K, Lee H, Park T, Yang Y (2012).
If you don’t wish to read the entire study, make sure you read the Abstract. MSM decreased the viability of ALL types of breast cancer, including triple negative breast cancer cells, which is (according to some oncologists) a difficult-to-treat form of breast cancer because it does not respond to hormonal therapies.
The scientists involved in the study were able to demonstrate that MSM substantially decreased the viability of human breast cancer cells in a dose-dependent manner – the higher the dose, the more benefits – and it did this in just 30 days.
So why is there no celebrating being done via news articles and press releases? Probably because MSM is easily attainable and no drug companies are going to benefit hugely from this information. It’s left up to health advocates to unbury the information and share it with you.
Sulfur’s Importance In The Body: Sulfur is the most abundant mineral in the human body, it comprises more than one quarter of a person’s body weight, but interestingly, it is not stored in the body. You have to get it through your diet.
Sulfur belongs in the same chemical family as oxygen, it is a powerful antioxidant and detoxifier, it binds and assists in the removal of heavy metals from the body, among many other important functions. Half of the sulfur in your body is found in skin, muscles, and bones and it is a super-important component of joint cartilage and keratin (found in hair and skin).
Sulfur is found in raw milk (not pasteurized milk), meat, fish, fruits, vegetables (the best source being garlic and onions) and grains. People who eat a lot of processed foods do not have sufficient quantities of sulfur in their diet – processed foods are notoriously deficient. So you can understand that a deficiency of sulfur could lead to a range of degenerative diseases. Will you get enough MSM through the diet to help treat breast cancer? Most likely not.
Daily dosing for breast cancer, approximated from the study, could be from 2,000 mg to 10,000 mg, but human studies are needed to determine optimal dosing.
MSM is known to have anti-inflammatory properties and if you know anything about cancer, you know that inflammation is involved in the process.
Disclaimer: These articles are intended for information purposes only. Before beginning any type of natural, integrative or conventional treatment regime, it is advisable to seek the advice of a licensed healthcare professional.