1. What is MSM?
(Methylsulfonylmethane) - is a naturally occurring sulfur compound found
within our bodies. It is a safe and natural, assimilable food derived from
the ocean. MSM is
neither a medicine, drug, chemical, herb, stimulant, synthetic food or
additive. It is a member of the sulfur family but should never be confused
with sulfa drugs, to which some people are allergic. It is completely
safe, odorless, and non-toxic. A
160 pound man has approximately 4 pounds
of sulfur as body weight. MSM is a natural organic compound.
It occurs naturally in the foods we eat but disappears when we
process our food.
2. Where does MSM come from?
MSM is a naturally occurring, sulfur containing organic compound found
primarily in fresh fruits and vegetables and in every cell of the human
body. MSM is found in raw vegetables including broccoli, peppers,
sprouts, onions, asparagus and cabbage. The highest natural concentration of MSM is found in mammal's
milk. MSM is an organic compound and commercial MSM is a pure, simple
molecule that is indistinguishable from a molecule of MSM found in nature.
MSM is derived from DMSO. MSM occurs when DMSO is oxidized. MSM is a naturally occurring compound found in significant amounts in
nerve tissue, skin, hair and joints. MSM is a
naturally-occurring nutrient found in small amounts of many foods. As a
dietary supplement, MSM is synthesized. When made correctly, it is
identical to that found in nature.
3. Why use MSM instead of DMSO?
DMSO causes some side effects such as reddening and itching of the skin,
nasal congestion, shortness of breath, excess intestinal gas, and allergic
reactions. DMSO has a strong sulfur odor resulting in a garlic smell. None
of the side effects are dangerous just unpleasant. MSM is safe and
odorless and does not have the side effects as DMSO. However, one property
of DMSO when applied externally acts as a powerful carrier for other
substances, including toxic ones. These substances are carried into the
body through the skin and mucous membranes, where they can do damage. DMSO
is sold from commercial outlets mainly for industrial and animal use only
and should always be handled with care.
4. Who discovered MSM?
MSM was discovered by two doctors. Stanley Jacob, MD. of the Oregon Health
Sciences University in Portland and his associate, Robert Herschler, a
research chemist for a paper manufacturing company. They both concluded
that MSM is the main healing element of DMSO. Their research revealed that
MSM, or methylsulfonylmethane, is a natural sulfur compound found in all
living things. It is actually one of the most prominent compounds in our
bodies, just behind water and sodium. However, in his research, Dr. Jacob
determined that the sulfur in MSM, called sulfonyl, is as safe and as
important as Vitamin C in our diet, unlike the bad sulfurs, sulfas, sulfites
5. What happens if my body does not get enough sulfur?
Sulfur is found naturally in the human body. Sulfur is stored in every
cell of the body. Your body won't be able to repair or replace damaged
tissue fast enough. If this occurs, the body compensates by producing
abnormal cells that may lead to illness and disease. You will also
experience a sensitivity to pain. Sulfur deficiencies are also associated
with gastrointestinal problems, a poor immune system, arthritis, and
rheumatism, memory loss and acne. It can also lead to brittle nails and
hair, dermatological problems and dry skin.
6. What are the available forms of MSM?
MSM comes in forms of capsules, crystals, flakes, powder, tablets,
lotion and gel. Their is no difference in either form
for they are all the same product. Just different forms.
7. How much MSM should I take
and in what form?
You should take whatever form is
convenient for you. You should always take the
least possible amount of msm that gives you the relief you
desire. Drink lots of water with msm. For first time users of MSM,
it is better to take with meals to help prevent heartburn.
First time users start at a low level and build up. Try 1000 mg
or (eighth to a quarter teaspoon) per day. Take it
for that way for one week then increase it another a little
more. Once you have taken it a long time you will be able to take it
without food. The recommended dosage is 2,000 to 6,000 mg. per day,
depending on your gastrointestinal tolerance. Please be aware that a single dose of MSM will not
help! The recommended dosage for a person
weighing 150 lbs. should begin by taking 1/2 teaspoon once in the
morning and mid afternoon. MSM needs
to be taken for at least 1-2 weeks or even up to two month
before you may see results. When MSM is taken by mouth
with meals whether it be capsule, crystal, flake, powder or
tablet form, the body will distribute MSM where it is needed. The
precise dose of MSM is not really that critical. For the first week or
two, larger doses of MSM may be needed to compensate for an
extreme deficiency and depending on your situation .
8. Is sulfur the same as sulfa drugs and sulfites?
No. Organic sulfur is a nutrient, a necessary part of natural chemical
processes in the body. It should not be confused with sulfa-based drugs or
sulfites, which are forms of inorganic sulfur. Sulfa drugs are synthetic,
meaning that they do not occur naturally. Sulfa drugs are
sulfites. MSM is a sulfur compound, but is not a sulfite.
They are used for the purposes
as antibiotics, which in some people cause allergic reactions. The
body produces sulfites in its normal metabolism of sulfur
containing amino acids. Sulfite compounds have been used for more
than 300 years and are considered safe.
If you are sensitive to sulfur based preservatives watch out for
these names: sulfur dioxide, sodium sulfite, sodium bisulfite,
sodium metabisulfite, potassium bisulfite and potassium
9. How does MSM help the
MSM is great for your
skin if you have acne.
MSM acts to keep the skin's cells and the tissue soft. Keeping the skin
soft ensures that it remains elastic enough to allow stretching and
movement without damage. Smooth, flexible skin is less prone to wrinkles
and dry flakiness. It even helps stretch marks. MSM benefits the skin and
internal organs. Try MSM soap on your face. It leaves it smooth and
soft and helps with acne.
10. How does MSM help your hair
Sulfur helps the body to form keratin, the protein that makes up
the main part of the outermost layers of your hair and nails. It
is a tough, fibrous protein that is very resilient to the
effects of damaging chemicals and other harmful agents. Each
strand of hair has its own keratin supply, which is stored in
the root. Sulfur is also contained in biotin, a B vitamin that
is essential for shiny hair and strong nails. You may be
interested to know that the natural inclination of hair to be
straight or curly is maintained in part by the sulfur amino
acids. MSM benefits dry scalp and hair and improves nail growth and
benefits your cuticles and nails. My nails are nice and
strong now along with being whiter!
11. How does MSM help alleviate
When the body's cell walls are supple, fluids can easily pass
out of the cell, resulting in equalized pressure inside and
outside the cell. It is the difference of pressure that causes
pain and inflammation. By equalizing the pressure, MSM helps to
reduce pain and inflammation. MSM can relieve post-athletic
fatigue along with relieving muscle pain and cramps.
12. When buying MSM what should I look for?
When buying MSM be sure to look for the U.S. patent numbers licensed by Dr. Robert
Herschler: 5, 71, 878;4, 973, 605;4, 863, 748;4, 16, 039, 4, 568, 547;4, 599, 329;4, 514, 421;4, 477, 469;4, 296, 130. This is the only pure MSM on the market.
I won't buy MSM from India, China, Japan or Canada. They are
known for adding
fillers to their msm products.
If you do, ask for their certificate of analysis, check the
13. Is MSM safe for my pets?
Horse trainers give MSM to their racehorses before races to prevent the buildup of lactic acid in muscles, which causes stiffness and cramps after exercising. Use of MSM to your pets can enhance their overall health. They will acquire attractive glossy coats, and strong toenails.
15. Is safe to mix MSM with
other prescribed medications?
MSM has been
observed in clinical settings some indications that it may have a
blood-thinning, aspirin like effect on platelet aggregation.
Therefore, you should consult your doctor if you are taking
high doses of aspirin, or blood-thinning medication such as
heparin or dicumarol.
16. Are capsules just as effective as MSM
Msm in the capsule form is fine for someone
taking low dosages simply as a nutritional supplement on a daily
basis. But or someone with health problems such as allergies,
arthritis, diabetes, etc. They would have to take
large numbers of capsules to get the same effect that they would
get by taking 2 to 5 teaspoons of the msm powder. Msm
dissolved into water can be consumed over a 12 hour time period,
which is the most effective way to take the mineral sulfur and
is the most cost effective. It is recommended that you
start out by taking 2-3 capsules then build up to 6 capsules a
17. What is the difference between taking MSM flakes,
capsules versus MSM powder form versus MSM tablet form?
Studies have shown
people receive better results from taking MSM in the powder, crystal
or flake form rather in the -capsule or tablet form. Any form you take of
MSM (meaning capsule, crystal, flake, powder) will be helpful. Capsules
or tablets would be my last choice due to
the fact they take the longest to digest because they
come compressed which takes longer to dissolve in the stomach. A
lot of people prefer to carry capsules to work just because it
is more convenient.
18. What is the dosage
breakdown for teaspoons per grams and mg.
Level kitchen teaspoon = 5 grams (5,000 mg.)
Level tablespoon = 15 grams (15,000 mg.)
Pharmacist's teaspoon holds about 4 grams (4,000 mg.)
19. Is it safe to take
Glucosamine with MSM?
they work well together. Glucosamine plays an integral role in
the formation of ligaments, tendons and is more effective than
NSAIDs. Glucosamine makes cartilage strong, healthy and
resilient. Glucosamine reduces inflammation, and
studies show glucosamine to have no known side effects.
Glucosamine also contributes to the growth of new
cartilage. But keep in mind that glucosamine is a
charged sugar molecule and if you are a diabetic you must
watch your sugar intake.
20. Is it safe to take MSM
My suggestion is that pregnant or nursing women should always
consult their physician.
21. Do I have to
take Vitamin C with MSM supplements?
You do not have to take vitamin C along
with MSM dietary supplements in order for MSM to work better. If
you are unable to take vitamin C, MSM still works for you.
Vitamin C is still a great dietary supplement though and can enhance
22. Why is MSM
Supplements Center prices higher than those at a health food
You are paying for quality MSM. Arthritis MSM Supplement Center only sells
pure OPTIMSM. A lot of health food stores and other chains usually
contain fillers within their product because of who they buy their product
from. To compare quality simply ask the health food store for the
certificate of analysis for this product and see for yourself. Look
for the logo.
We use OptiMSM in all our MSM products.
23. Why does MSM work for
some people and not for others?
Remember each of us are
unique in our way with different genetic makeup, sizes,
hormones, energy levels, tolerances, etc. Since we are
different our bodies react differently to medications.
You may only require one teaspoon of msm whereas another
person may need two tablespoons so that you both feel the same
24. How much MSM should I take once I start
my general maintenance?
Taking 2 grams or 2,000
mg. is adequate.
25. How much should I take
during pollen season to relieve my allergies?
dosages are necessary in order to give you relief from
sneezing, runny nose and burning eyes.
26. Can I take MSM if I am allergic to
Yes! Sulfa drugs are a totally
different product. There are no studies that show anyone
being allergic to msm. MSM dietary supplements are necessary for life just
like water is and no one is allergic to
don't doctors recommend MSM?
few doctors will because the American Medical Association does
not endorse, nor do the Pharmaceutical Companies produce,
MSM. This does not mean that there is NO cure for your
disease, there certainly may very well be, and it may have
existed from the beginning of time itself. This only
means that within the politics of the current medical
bureaucracy, doctors are instructed to tell you that there in
NO cure for your disease.
28. When buying MSM how can I tell if the product is made
Easy! Simply look for the bold OptiMSM
logo on the products you buy to show you are getting the
original patented, tested, and licensed MSM. The logo may be
found on the front or the back of the packaging. MSM Supplements Center only sells products with the
there any food sources of MSM?
Yes there is. MSM occurs naturally in the environment,
and is present in rainwater, and is absorbed by plants. Small
amounts of MSM are available in fresh fruits, grains,
vegetables and even un-pasteurized milk because of the way we
process our food. Unfortunately, MSM is chemically altered and
destroyed when foods are processed, heated, or dehydrated. So
your most reliable dietary source for adequate MSM intake is
OptiMSM been scientifically researched?
Yes. Dr. Stanley W. Jacob and his associates have
been working with DMSO and MSM for more than 30 years. During
their research, they discovered that a portion of the DMSO was
converted to MSM in the body. MSM turned out to be a more
stable metabolite of DMSO with similar properties. There were
an estimated 50,000 articles published on DMSO, but only a
handful have ever been repeated with MSM. Physicians and other
health care providers have relied primarily on previous DMSO
studies, lower animal studies with MSM, as well as MSM case
studies and anecdotal reports. Read The MIRACLE OF MSM
31. Who can take MSM?
Everyone because organic sulfur is a basic component
for overall human wellness, everyone can benefit from
supplementing their diets with MSM. Please consult your
physician before using MSM if you are pregnant, while nursing
or for children under 2 years of age or have heart
What makes OptiMSM superior to other kinds of
OptiMSM is the original MSM
available in the United States patented as safe for human
biological use. If you don't see the OptiMSM logo, you can't
be certain you are getting 99.9% pure, safe, and effective
OptiMSM. Look for the patented number and ask for certificate
of analysis. OptiMSM is manufactured in the United States
according to strict manufacturing standards. You can be
confident that the product you are taking was made with pure,
food-quality MSM. MSM used in other products may contain
impurities or contaminants of any kind.
Is MSM and
MSG the same thing?
No! MSG is a
taste enhancing agent that frequently causes allergic
reactions known as the Chinese Restaurant syndrome.
MSM and MSG are not related.
34. Has MSM deficiencies been measured in humans?
Deficiencies of msm have not been measured in people.
35. Can MSM help athletic performance?
you recover quicker from demanding physical exertion. MSM
helps reduce muscle soreness which may enhance your
36. Why are MSM
crystals now called MSM flakes?
The term flake replaces the word crystal, which
previously had been used because of MSM's crystalline appearance.
The change represents a more accurate description of the manufacturing
process and its physical characteristics. When making MSM the
manufacturing process involves distillation and flaking, not
crystallization and drying. Some people
define natural as a substance that occurs naturally in the body and in
plants. By that definition, MSM is natural. The raw material
used to produce OPTIMSM is of natural origin. So it is true that OPTIMSM
is produced from natural sources.
37. Is OPTIMSM a natural substance?
Some people define natural as a substance that occurs
naturally in the body and in plants. By that definition,
MSM is natural. The raw material used to produce OPTIMSM
is of natural origin. So it is true that OPTIMSM is produced
from natural sources.
38. Is MSM safe for
my child to take?
children don't need MSM. Those who are afflicted with
ailments such as allergies, asthma or inflammation from
juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at an early age can take
MSM. Studies have shown that many children have
taken high dosages of msm without any problems.
Is your MSM patented? What are these patents?
The patent issue is
currently a hot topic as one manufacturer Cardinal Nutrition
(which is our supplier) pays royalties to MSM Investments
Company, LLC. which is the current patent holder, and the
other Carolwood Corporation does not, claiming that the
existing patents have either expired or are invalid.
Note that neither manufacturer is the patent holder. Our MSM
product is licensed by R.J. Heschler under the following
421;4,477,469;4,296,130 and all foreign counterparts.
How long does it take vitamins and supplements to
Are you confused on how to take the correct msm dosage?
a Whiskey Shot Glass for MSM perfect measuring of dosage?
No more wondering how much water to take with your msm.
Just fill the whiskey shot glass full with water along
with the desired msm dosage and chug.
msm cause a person to have gas? Also if I stop taking msm
for four days will I continue to have intestinal problems?
MSM stands for methylsulfonylmethane. However, this name
is a bit confusing to some people, since there is no methane
in the compound. The more proper chemical name for MSM is
dimethyl sulfone. Taking any form of MSM is not known to
increase methane production in the intestinal tract.
However, some people do experience gas after taking MSM,
regardless of the brand. This is common with other
sulfur-containing compounds and foods as well (e.g.,
cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower). It is
recommend that you divide your daily supplement into smaller
doses and taking them with food. Also, consider that the
problem is not related to MSM. It seems highly unlikely that
MSM could cause intestinal gas four days after the
supplement is discontinued. The MSM simply aggravated an
existing problem? In any event, certain 'carminative' herbs
might be helpful in relieving gas. Recommended favorites are
caraway and fennel seeds. Just take a 1/2 teaspoon of each
and chew them, but this is not for everybody. You can also
brew them in chamomile tea. If intestinal gas occurs just
reduce your dosage.
43. What is the safety of one using
MSM as a dietary supplement.
OptiMSM has a long history of safe use, and has not been
reported to cause any significant adverse effects or drug
44. Will MSM keep me awake at night?
msm starts to works you will experience more energy and if
you take msm late at night you may find that you cannot
sleep. Try to take your msm only during the morning or early
afternoon. If you are a night owl it will benefit you even
MSM work for me?
may vary per person. Do not give up on your msm until you
have completed your first full product that you bought.
Take it daily for better results.
Does msm go bad when it starts to
clump in the container?
No, that is the nature of the
product. MSM contains no fillers and may at times clump
in the container. Do not be alarmed. Just break it up
with you hand or sift it.
47. Can I take msm and blood
thinning agents together?
If msm is taken along with proven blood thinning agents,
an accelerated blood thinning effect cannot be ruled out.
Indications of such an effect might be the development of
bruises on the body or increased bleeding from hemorrhoids. If
you are taking blood thinning agents we recommend that you
consult your doctor. If your doctor approves start out with a
low dosage of msm like one gram a day then increase the
dosage. Have your coagulation parameters monitored
frequently. If any signs of bleeding appear consult your
48. Should I stop taking msm before surgery?
it is recommended that you stop taking msm 4 days prior to
surgery. That way there are no problems wondering if msm
created any problems..
49. Does MSM interfere with blood
There have been numerous blood chemical workups on patients
and msm has not been found to not cause any abnormal
readings...with one exception... If you are
scheduled to take a liver enzyme test stop taking msm 4 days
before your test so that you don't have a misreading such as a
false positive. MSM does not cause liver damage.
You can start back on your msm after the results have come
50. What room
temperature do I keep my msm at?
Anywhere from 78 to 82 degrees. Do not store in damp place
or leave the lid off.
MSM is one of the most stable of
all materials. It will NOT deteriorate with storage in
room temperature, even
if it is left in an open container it will not absorb
moisture and will not be harmed or ruined.
Do not put MSM in your freezer or
refrigerator or freezing areas, for it will crystallize.
51. What is the shelf life
life of MSM in general is two years, but tests have shown no
loss of potency or deterioration in MSM in five years.
52. Why do we need sulfur?
needed to form blood proteins and amino acids, Sulfur
provides the chemical links needed to form collagen, the
protein found in connective tissue. Sulfur is an important
component in insulin production. Sulfur aids in carbohydrate
metabolism. Sulfur is used by the liver to manufacture bile,
a necessary element for proper digestion. Sulfur is
essential for healthy hair, skin, and nails. Sulfur is
essential in maintain body pH, the acid-alkaline balance. Sulfur
activates and helps the body utilize Vitamin C, B1, B5 and biotin.
53. Can children
with fibromyalgia take msm?
complaints of pain must be taken seriously. Growing pains
are a myth. It should not hurt to grow, and a child that
complains of pain should not be ignored.. Children's
complaints need to be taken seriously. Fibromyalgia can make
a child's life miserable at school and on the playground.
Yes children can take msm for fibromyalgia.
54. Does it
help to use MSM in bath water?
Yes, msm is in bath water is a great way to help with aches
and pains. There are no demands for msm bath salts and the
cheapest way to make your own is to buy Epsom salt and msm
crystals and mix together in a tub of water. Try using a cup
of crystals and a cup of Epsom salt to your hot bath water.
55. How long will a 1 lb. jar of msm last me?
The MSM powder or crystal flakes should last you the following
number of days
based upon taking 4,000 milligrams (a little less than a level
teaspoon) a day. 1 pound - 452 grams should last you 113 days.
56. What is Lignisul MSM?
Lignisul is just a brand name of MSM sold by Carrolwood. The
word lignisul does not mean pure MSM. Lingni comes from LIGNIN which is the dissolved
substance in the waste product of paper making.
The MSM source for msm supplements is often
lignin from pine trees. Lignin is a molecule in plants that is
part of a plant's cell wall. Lignin oxidation in oak wine
barrels results in the vanilla flavors of wines.
57. What are the ingredients in Veggie
The ingredient is a veggie capsule is
microcrystalline cellulose which is plant derived.
58. What is in a regular capsule?
A regular capsule is made from gelatin and
59. Does MSM lose it strength when
No it does not lose strength when heated.
MSM is proved to be non volatile. Heat does not harm