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Arthritis and MSM

Learn how MSM affects arthritis, the research that supports it, and possible side effects.
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It is a common practice among individuals that suffer from the conditions known as arthritis to take dietary supplements to help them manage the pain, inflammation, and stiff joints, they have. MSM is one of the dietary supplements that has been found to help these individuals deal with this condition.

What is MSM

MSM is an organic sulfur compound that exists in such foods as grains, vegetables, and in fruits. It is also present in animals and in humans. The scientific name is Methylsulfonylmethane.

In order for connective tissues to form your body requires sulfur. Adding MSM in your diet can help in the formation of these connective tissues, and it appears to have analgesic properties. The compound lessens the nerve impulses that carry pain signals to the brain.

Arthritis is a painful condition that causes joint inflammation in one or more joints of the human body. Arthritis is the term used for many different conditions that affect the joints of the body.

Symptoms and Signs of Arthritis

Although arthritis is actually several different diseases the conditions all seem to share some common factors.

Symptoms of Arthritis
  • A general feeling of fatigue
  • Fever that is often in or around the affected joint
  • Weight loss
  • Inability to sleep
  • Tenderness around the area
  • Inability to walk; or properly use their hands

Symptoms of Advanced Arthritis
  • Muscle weakness and the loss of physical strength and stamina
  • Loss of flexibility
  • Range of motion is reduced

Proven Results of MSM

A double blind placebo controlled trial was done to test the effectiveness of MSM on arthritis pain in the knee.

All of the patients tested were between the ages of 40 and 76 years.

There were fifty test subjects that were given either MSM 3g, or a placebo, twice daily for a period lasting twelve weeks. The patients were watched and the results were recorded.

When the study results were compiled the people that had taken the MSM 3g reported having a significant reduction in their pain. They also reported a reduced amount of physical function impairment and an increase in the ability to perform their activities of daily living.

Side Effects of MSM

Adverse side effects from a patient taking MSM are rarely reported. The side effects that have been reported by some patients were:

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Skin rashes
  • Fatigue

MSM should not be taken by people who are taking medications known as blood thinners.

 

Talk to Your Doctor

Before you begin to add this supplement to your diet you should consult with your health care provider and pharmacist.

Sources


http://www.arthritistoday.org/treatments/supplement-guide/supplements/msm.php

http: //www.webmd.com/osteoarthritis/guide/understanding-arthritis-symptoms

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/msm/AN00560 MSM (Methyl Sulfonylmethane)

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