MSM - we can't do well without it

Dr. Olson

Sulfur has remarkable ability to
slow aging, reduce pain, improve digestion,
eliminate toxins, and more!


Did you know?
A 160-pound man has approximately 4 pounds of sulfur as body weight!

Dear readers, chances are you've heard of MSM, but even so, I hope after reading this, you will have a deeper understanding of this powerful nutrient. And if you haven't, I'm very excited to bring you this powerful information!

To understand the importance of MSM, you have to first understand the importance of sulfur. Sulfur is an element so essential to life that it is found in every cell of every plant and every animal. It even makes up 2.5% of human body weight! It is one of the most important raw materials for building healthy new cells. Sulfur is a vital building block of joints, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, and muscles. Thus, it is especially important in conditions such as arthritis, muscle pain, bursitis, etc. It is also vital to the health of the skin, hair, and nails; to energy production; and so much more!

Here's the problem: neither plants nor animals can use elemental sulfur directly. It is not easily available to living organisms in its inorganic form. And since sulfur is a component of all cells, it is essential that the body have a plentiful supply of this mineral in its usable form.

Here is where MSM comes in. Methylsulfonylmethane or MSM, is an organic form of sulfur that can be easily absorbed and utilized by the body.

How does MSM work?
MSM is an antioxidant that helps to cleanse the blood stream and flush out the toxins trapped in our cells. How it does this is by making the cell walls more permeable. This allows water and nutrients to freely flow into cells and, just as importantly, causes wastes and toxins to properly flow out. It also works as a foreign protein and free radical scavenger. In addition, the body uses MSM to create new, healthy cells, and it provides a flexible bond between the cells. Without proper levels of MSM, our bodies are unable to build good healthy cells, and this leads to problems such as lost flexibility, scar tissue, wrinkles, varicose veins, hardened arteries, damaged lung tissues, dry cracking skin, digestive disorders, joint problems, and inability to defend against allergic reactions to foods, animals, and plants.

MSM blocks undesirable chemical
and physical bonding of collagen which
is associated with tough, aging skin.

A body made up of healthy, flexible cells will not only feel better; it will look better, too! The body is continuously at work replacing old, worn-out cells with new ones. The process goes on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, without stop. When all the raw materials needed for cell-building are available, it is a very efficient process. However, when there are deficiencies, the new cells may be weak, rigid or deformed. MSM should be considered an integral part of any health care practice as it helps with such a wide variety of processes in the body. It has been shown to help allergies, asthma, emphysema, lung dysfunction, arthritis, headaches, skin problems, stomach problems, digestive tract problems, circulatory problems, and more.

Relief of Pain and Inflammation.
Approximately half of the sulfur in the body is concentrated in the muscles, skin, and bones. One of the most significant uses of MSM as a supplement is its demonstrated ability to relieve pain and inflammation. When rigid fibrous tissue cells swell and become inflamed, pressure and pain result. Since MSM can restore flexibility and permeability to cell walls, fluids can pass through the tissues more easily. This helps equalize pressure and reduce or eliminate the cause of pain. Harmful substances such as lactic acid and toxins are allowed to flow out, while nutrients are permitted to flow in. This prevents the pressure buildup in cells that causes inflammation.

MSM has shown a remarkable ability to reduce or eliminate muscle soreness and cramps. It is so effective that its given to racehorses before a race to prevent muscle soreness, and afterward to reduce the risk of cramping. People with arthritis report substantial and long-lasting relief with MSM supplements.

The Beauty Mineral for Hair, Skin, and Nails.
Sulfur has been called nature's "beauty mineral" because it is needed to keep the hair glossy and smooth, and keeps the complexion clear and youthful. It is needed for synthesis of collagen and is prevalent in keratin, a tough protein substance necessary for health and maintenance of the skin, nails and hair. If there is insufficient sulfur in the body when new cells are being manufactured, the new cells will be rigid. This rigidity can contribute to cracking, wrinkling, and unsightly scar tissue. When sufficient sulfur is present for new cells, the skin is softer, smoother and more flexible. MSM provides that sulfur. How does it do this?

MSM is responsible for the flexible bonds between cells, including those that make up the skin. It blocks undesirable chemical and physical bonding of collagen, which is associated with tough, aging skin. Consequently, MSM enhances tissue pliability and encourages the repair of damaged skin. Because of this, acne - including severe acne rosacea - responds favorably to MSM supplementation. In addition, since MSM makes the skin more permeable and pliant, it can also help prevent blistering and promote faster healing from sunburn or wind damage. Over time, wrinkles, brown and black spots, and skin tumors go away as new healthy cells replace the bad.

Sulfur is also a component of insulin, the hormone that regulates carbohydrate metabolism. Therefore, insufficient sulfur may result in decreased insulin production. It is also possible that a lack of bioavailable sulfur could make the cells so rigid and impermeable that they become unable to absorb sugar from the blood efficiently, leaving blood sugar levels elevated. Studies indicate that regular MSM supplements, which cause the cells to become permeable, could help balance blood sugar and allow the overworked pancreas to return to normal.

Allergies, Toxins, Parasites.
As I mentioned before, flexible, permeable cells are also important in that they allow toxins, allergens, and foreign substances to be flushed out of the body more easily. When skin cells are soft and permeable, many toxins can be eliminated through the sweat glands, which takes some of the load off the liver and kidneys. While MSM may not be a cure for allergies, supplementation may reduce symptoms by allowing allergens to be removed from the body more quickly. Even reactions to insect bites, poison ivy, and poison oak are less severe when the diet is supplemented with MSM. Whole food vitamin C is also synergistic in this application in that it can lower histamine levels.

Flexible, permeable cells are also important in that
they allow toxins, allergens, and foreign substances
to be flushed out of the body more easily.

MSM has also shown amazing anti-parasitic action against Giardio, Trichomonas, roundworms, nematodes, Enferobius, and other intestinal worms. When parasites attach themselves to the intestinal lining, they can live, reproduce and rob the body of nutrients indefinitely. MSM blocks parasites by competing for receptor sites on the mucous membrane. When parasites cannot attach themselves, they are simply flushed out of the system.

The same is true with food allergens. MSM coats mucosal surfaces and occupies the binding sites that could otherwise be used by challenging food allergens. It can also bind with offending agents to produce harmless substances, which are then excreted from the body. This facilitates normal digestion and assimilation and allows the body to get maximum nutritional value from foods that would otherwise cause a reaction. Individuals who experience an allergic response to certain foods have reported improved or complete tolerance to those foods when they take MSM supplements. Healthy flexible colon tissues, along with improved digestion, can also help relieve constipation.

Do I need to Supplement?
Since sulfur is present in every cell of every living thing, it might seem that we would get plenty of this essential mineral from dietary sources and should not need supplements, but that is often not the case. Because of its volatile nature, sulfur is quickly lost from food when it is processed, cooked, and/or stored. The second you pick fruit or vegetables from the tree or vine, they begin rapidly losing sulfur (or MSM).

In addition, meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy products are the main sources of dietary sulfur. However, we have been advised to restrict or remove many of those foods from our diets, as they cause more harm than good. So vegetarians and vegans are at particular risk for sulfur deficiency.

MSM facilitates normal digestion and assimilation
and allows the body to get maximum nutritional value
from foods that would otherwise cause a reaction.

Not only is sulfur difficult to get from your diet, but also when your body uses the MSM molecule to produce a new cell, it is consumed in the process, and the MSM is lost forever. Therefore you need to continuously replenish the body's needed supply of MSM to produce new, healthy cells. With today's modern diet of cooked and otherwise processed and diluted foods, most - if not all - diets are deficient in this critically important ingredient. And, if all that isn't enough, MSM levels decline noticeably with age, so the older you get, the more important it becomes to maintain adequate sulfur levels in the body.

MSM ranks in the "extremely low" toxicity category with a toxicity profile similar to that of water. Because of its inert nature, MSM is non-allergenic, non-pyretic, and has no interfering or undesirable pharmacological effects. When oral supplements are taken, the body will distribute MSM where it is needed. After about 12 hours, any excess amounts will be flushed out of the body. Keep in mind that MSM, a member of the sulfur family, should never be confused with "sulfa" drugs, to which some people are allergic. MSM is completely safe, odorless, and non-toxic.

Due to its positive effects, particularly in maintaining healthy cell formation, 2000 to 6000 mg of supplemental MSM daily is recommended. Of course, the optimum daily dosage of MSM depends largely on body size, age and the nature and severity of any deficiency symptoms you may be experiencing. To maintain good, healthy cells, MSM is best taken in the morning and the evening.

Many Benefits.
There is a positive synergistic effect on building healthier cells when MSM is taken in combination with vitamin C. The new cells are more pliable and permeable, allowing fluids to pass through the tissue more easily. Internally this means more efficient elimination of toxins, a reduction in inflammation and pain - so you feel better. On the outside it shows up as a softer, smoother complexion, stronger hair and nails - so you look better. Vitamin C also helps the body to assimilate MSM. Eating fresh fruits or taking a whole-food Vitamin C supplement (such as C-Blast) while taking MSM can be very helpful.

If you'e not already experiencing the wonderful benefits of MSM, and would like more information or would like to place an order, please call one of our health consultants at 309-343-5853. If you have any other health questions, as always, we offer free health counseling over the phone and would love to help!

Important Information,

Almost 50% of Americans seek treatmenf for pain each year. Over 150 over-the-counter medications, known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) line store shelves, all promising temporary pain relief. These same medications have been associated with the following side effects: stomach pain, heartburn, stomach ulcers, gastrointestinal bleeding, headaches, dizziness, and even serious liver and kidney problems. Medical authorities continuously caution physicians and patients against their repeated use. Still, each year in the U.S. more than 100,000 deaths and 1.5 million hospitalizations in the U.S. (alone) are linked to over-the-counter pain medications.


Dr. Olson comes from a long line of health professionals including MDs, naturopaths, and osteopaths. Having wanted to help people from an early age, especially in the area of health, she was a missionary to Belize and Korea. A national speaker, an RN for years, a certified herbologist, and a noturopathic doctor, Dr. Olson is utilizing this experience and wealth of knowledge for the benefit of people all over the world.
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