MSM for detoxificationMSM (methyl-sulfonyl-methane), also known as dimethyl sulfone, is a naturally occurring sulfur compound, found in human diets and those of virtually all other vertebrates. In its purified form, it is an odorless, slightly bitter tasting, water soluble, white, crystalline powder containing 34% elemental sulfur. Its chemical formula is (CH3)2SO2.
MSM - A Natural Detoxifier
MSM is important in detoxification because it makes the cell walls more elastic, allowing easier exchange through the cell wall. MSM occurs naturally in the human body as a result of the food we eat. It is a normal component of fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood and meat. It has also been found in tea, coffee and chocolate. It has been detected in normal human urine. The amount of MSM present in the circulatory system of an adult human male is about 0.2 parts per million. Normal adult humans excrete from 4 to 11 milligrams of MSM per day in their urine. In vertebrates, the concentration of MSM decreases with age. Some research suggests that there is a minimum concentration of MSM that must be maintained in the body to preserve normal function and structure.
Food refining and processing removes MSM much the way they reduce vitamins and minerals. When we process our foods with heat or drying, we lose most of the MSM that is vital to our well being.
MSM For Detoxification - Dosage
MSM is no more toxic than water.
Daily dosages from 500-6000 mg per day may be ingested. The benefit of MSM is enhanced when coupled with equal amounts of vitamin C.
It is the ability of MSM to make the cell walls more permeable which makes MSM important for detoxification. When starting to take MSM, some people may experience negative detoxification symptoms in the first 1-10 days during which toxins are flushed from the system. Symptoms may include diarrhea, skin rash and/or possible headache along with fatigue.
In general the more intense the symptoms, the more toxins there are in the body, and the more MSM is needed for detoxification. To reduce toxic symptoms, start with a lower dose of 750 mg, twice a day and build up to 3,000 mg. twice a day.
Otherwise for maximum benefit, it is recommended to use a dose of 3,000 mg twice a day. This dose can be safely continued indefinitely as par of an ongoing detoxification regimen.
MSM - A Natural Compound From The Sea
Some atmospheric chemists have suggested that MSM and its related compounds, DMSO (dimethylsulfoxide), and DMS (dimethylsulfide) provide the source for 85% of sulfur compounds in all living organisms.
These naturally occurring compounds begin in the ocean where phytoplankton convert inorganic sulfur present in the sea water to terniary dimethyl sulfonium salts. These salts are later broken down, by enzymatic action, into the volatile compound called dimethylsulfide (DMS), which escapes the ocean as a gas, rises into the upper atmosphere to be oxidized there in the presence of ozone and ultraviolet light to its chemical cousins, DMSO and MSM.
I take several grams of MSM every day as part of my ongoing mercury detoxification program. I spend a lot of time researching the best prices for supplements on the internet, and in my opinion the lowest price for high quality MSM can be found here. I also like Puritan Pride's special "Buy 1 Get 2 FREE" promotions on MSM.
The pillars of a good mercury detoxification program are MSM, chlorella, N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC) and the herb cilantro, which is discussed here. My favorite source for organic cilantro in 1 pound bags is here. Garlic is also a good mercury chelator.
Information on the beneficial effect of MSM on joint pain can be found here. You may also want to explore glucosamine. Glucosamine is recognised - even by JAMA - as a supplement that works to relieve joint pain.
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