Methylsulfonylmethane or MSM is a naturally occurring compound found in plants, mammals, and laboratory-formulated supplements. Some dietary supplements for arthritis, including glucosamine and chondroitin, have added MSM to the mix, as the latter can also help with joint inflammation. The health benefits of MSM are still undergoing research, but use of the compound indicates many ways in which it can be used to improve wellness. In addition to inclusion in joint remedies, MSM is a separate dietary supplement.
MSM is related to DMSO, a compound used for arthritis relief. Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties address joint pain and stiffness, and the substance is often combined with others to provide a stronger effect. While it can help improve motion, MSM also helps with aches and pains in the joints and muscles. MSM can also help prevent the breakdown of cartilage, slowing the progression of joint difficulties; it may even play a role in reversing the damage.
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