MSM (methyl sulfonyl methane) hit the market as a
multi level marketing (MLM) product about 10 years
ago. As with other MLM products, it was promoted with
a lot of hype and misinformation. What are the facts
MSM contains 34% sulfur by weight. Elemental sulfur
is produced as the MSM is metabolized.
Commercial MSM is not natural. I had an MLM saleslady
actually tell me that MSM was natural because it was
derived from trees. This is really stretching it.
MSM is created by the heating of the industrial solvent
DMSO (dimethylsulfoxide). When DMSO is heated an oxygen
atom attaches forming DMSO2, which is also known as
MSM. DMSO is actually a byproduct of the paper industry,
but this does not make DMSO natural either. Many plastics
are synthesized from natural compounds, but this does
not make plastics natural. When a chemical is altered
by man to make a new chemical then the new chemical
is not natural, it is synthetic.
Sulfur is essential to the body, although deficiencies
are almost unheard of. Sulfur is found in numerous
foods we eat including garlic, onions, peppers, broccoli,
beans, seaweeds, etc.
Sulfur is used in the production of proteins and
hormones. For example, sulfur aids in the formation
of the proteins collagen, elastin, and keratin. Collagen
gives connective tissues strength, while elastin gives
the tissues their elasticity. Keratin is the primary
protein founding hair and nails. Therefore, sulfur
aids in the growth of hair and nails. It is commonly
thought that sulfur aids in strengthening the hair
and nails, though silica, in the form of orthosilicic
acid, is the primary compound that strengthens the
hair and nails. The hormone Insulin requires sulfur
for its production. Insulin is required for the regulation
of blood sugar and the transport of vitamin C to immune
cells. Sulfur compounds also aid in the detoxification
of the body.