Many people with joint injuries or early signs of osteoarthritis take supplements such as glucosamine sulfate or chondroitin in an effort to stave off further joint damage. Although its benefits have not been proven, you might also be able to use MSM this way — either as a supplement or as a topical gel on the skin of the affected joint.

Sulfur seems to be important in the strength and maintenance of joint tissue, especially cartilage. Since sulfur is a significant component of MSM, one possible benefit of MSM is in the treatment of joint problems such as sports injuries, osteoarthritis and tendinitis. MSM also seems to help reduce inflammation.

Osteoarthritis is one of the most common consequences of aging. In this condition — which can be caused by a number of factors, including trauma and heredity — the cartilage pads break down in the joints, eventually causing the unprotected bones to rub against each other. Arthritis can lead to mild or severe pain, as well as loss of mobility (which can have its own serious health consequences). If you’re looking for preventive approaches to arthritis, supplements like MSM may be able to help you.

  • The clinical use of sulfur as an adjunct in our diet is becoming progressively more recognized as an important tool for optimizing health. MSM is already well-known for its joint health benefits, but may also be helpful for other conditions related to chronic inflammation and damage due to oxidation
  • MSM, which is a metabolite of DMSO approved for use in humans, primarily impacts your health by reducing inflammation. It’s widely used as a supplement for arthritic conditions. Like DMSO, MSM also appears to improve cell wall permeability, so it can be used to help deliver other active ingredients
  • MSM may be providing a missing link for optimal health, which appears to be related to sulfur. MSM is 34 percent sulfur by weight, but it is more than just a simple sulfur donor. It also affects sulfur metabolism in the human body, although it’s still not entirely clear how
  • Sulfur also plays a critical role in detoxification, as it is part of one of the most important antioxidants that your body produces: glutathione. Without sulfur, glutathione cannot work
  • Toxicity studies have shown that MSM is extremely safe and can be taken at very high doses. Even if you have a very rich diet full of raw vegetables and MSM-rich foods, you can still supplement and not hit that toxicity level. Clinical research studies have found that the effective amounts range from about 1.5 grams to 6 grams

Sources:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/03/03/msm-benefits.aspx

http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/natural-medicine/alternative/msm1.htm