Written by Serena Berger
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MSM, the common abbreviation for Methylsulfonylmethane (or Methyl Sulfonyl Methane) is necessary for building muscles, hair, and skin. Studies have found that MSM is effective for treating the pain and inflammation of arthritis with a low risk of side effects. For those who are currently taking anti-inflammatory drugs, MSM represents an alternative form of treatment that does not have the side effects common to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID).

One shortcoming of MSM is that it does not work fast. As it is a nutritional supplement, it may need time to accumulate in your body before you notice any significant differences. While it takes longer than NSAID to take effect, however, MSM can ultimately result in greater pain relief.

You should also keep in mind that MSM is not a cure for any disease. Medical studies have found that it can lessen inflammation, pain, and muscle spasms. For these reasons, MSM can provide treatment for the symptoms associated with illnesses such as arthritis. Like many treatments, though, MSM only provides relief as long as you are taking it. If you are currently using drugs to treat pain and inflammation, you should talk with your physician about using MSM so that he can advise you about the best course of action, as well as the length of time over which you should continue using NSAID while your body accumulates MSM.

Sources of MSM

You can find MSM in milk and vegetables. Other sources include fruits and seafood. Preparation of these foods greatly diminishes the amount of MSM that is ultimately left to be consumed, however. As a result, if you plan on using MSM to relieve symptoms associated with illnesses such as arthritis, your best bet is to take a nutritional supplement.

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