MSM is an abbreviation for MethylSulphonylMethane or MethylSulfonylMethane (US spelling) and is an organosulphur compound that is also known by several other names including methyl sulfone and dimethyl sulfone. It is an organic water-soluble white sulphur powder present in plants, meats, dairy products, and vegetation. However, the cooking process can quickly cause it to degrade.
It is particularly popular as a treatment for degenerative joint diseases as it supports the formation of connective tissues and repairs joints, tendons, and ligaments. People use it to treat chronic joint pain and inflammation associated with such conditions as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as in the treatment of osteoporosis and cases of susceptibility to bone fractures, as well as bursitis, tendonitis, scar tissue development and other musculoskeletal ailments.
MSM benefits include helping muscle recovery after exercise, injuries and even surgeries, and research have shown that it is highly effective in improving joint flexibility, as it helps to produce flexible skin and muscle tissue. It increases the ability of the body to eliminate waste products at the cellular level, such as lactic acid and other by-products that cause pain and soreness in the body, which speeds recovery and frees up more energy for the rebuilding of muscle tissue.