MSM Health Benefits and Side Effects

Last Modified on Aug 21, 2014


MSM Reader Feedback   23  1   

Posted by Ed (Wenatchee, WA) on 05/26/2007

[YEA]  About MSM. Bill Rich on the MSM Cures page wrote about a lotion he put on his scars and the scars were reduced. I would like to know what the ingredients of the "lotion" are. I have a long scar on my right arm I would like to see gone. thanks Ed Davis.

Posted by Anne
Cairns, Qld, Australia
07/15/2012
[YEA]   "Last year my husband was suffering from a chronic case of spinal stenosis. Bone on bone in his lower back and severe osteoarthritis. He was told by one chiro to go get back surgery. Then as luck would have it he saw another chiro who specialises in this painful condition. I also got him on to Glucosamine/ Chondroiton/ MSM powder supplement. Plus Rose Hip Vital powder supplement. He also takes one high dose krill oil a day and co Q 10 enzyme plus 2 tablespoons of ACV with manuka honey morning and night. His condition is at least 80% improved on last year. He also has an inversion bed that is used occasionally to keep the joints open to allow blood flow and enable healing. I truly believe this combination of natural things has made all the difference and I can still see gradual improvement as time goes by.

Posted by J. Episcopo (Fredericksburg, Virginia (USA)) on 05/06/2007

[YEA]  I have successfully used MSM (the recommended Lignisul type) for many years to allleviate allergy symptoms and pain in my wrists, elbows and knees. It is important for anyone considering a new remedy to read about it beforehand. Some people think that more is better and learn the hard way that each of us has limitations. I like this forum and found it very helpful.

Posted by Laura (Ferndale, MD, USA) on 04/20/2007

[YEA]  I have had Psoriatic Arthritis since I was 10 years old, & one of the worst symptoms I've had for 38 yrs now, is daily shooting nerve pains in my extremities. The good news: when I take 1000 mgs of MSM daily, the shooting pains are completely gone. If I miss a few days, they always start up again. Love this site.

Posted by Bob
Elmhurst Twp., Pa. Usa
03/20/2012
12 Posts
To cure arthritis, go to watercure2.org or Google Arthritis cured with water & sea salt. Lots of testimonials.

Posted by JoJean (La Grande, OR) on 02/23/2007

[YEA]  I also take MSM, however, if you read the literature...it tells you not to take it after 2 pm as it may cause sleeplessness. I have never experienced anxiety. I take 4 100 mg caps in the morning and 4 at noon with no problems. It does help my arthritis and my hair and nails grow like crazy.

Posted by GG (Houston, TX) on 01/14/2007

[YEA]  MY X PASTOR USED MSM WHEN SHE WAS A SEVERLY ASTHMATIC PERSON/ SHE HAD ASTHMA FOR YEARS FROM BEING ALERGIC TO ALL GRASSES, SHE ENDED UP TO 300 LBS IN THE HOSPITAL ON PREDIZONE AND DIEING CONSTANTLY ON ALBUTEROL ETC, IN THE HOSPITAL A NURSE GRABBED HER AND SAID YOU NEED MSM, SHE STARTED TAKING LIKE 6 PILLS A DAY, LOST ALL THE WEIGHT IT RESTORED ALL HER ORGANS FROM THE DESTRUCTION OF PREDIZONE AND IS NOW COMPLETELY OF ALBUTEROL IT SAVED HER LIFE!! JUST WANTED TO LET YALL KNOW, SHE HAS BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS AND NO ONE CAN TELL HER DIFFERENT!

Posted by Charlie (Ft. Smith, AR) on 07/23/2006

[YEA]  I used both Apple Cider Vinegar and MSM to cure a "trigger finger". ' A big knot appeared on the inside of my thumb joint. It was EXTREMELY painful. I couldn't write or do anything with that hand. I didn't realize how important my thumb was. The dr. gave me a cortisone shot in it (ouch) and said if that didn't help, he would have to do surgery and cut the tendons in my thumb to try and relieve the pain. The cortisone shot didn't help. I received a magazine in the mail shortly after this talking about MSM. I decided I had nothing to lose by trying it. After a few weeks of using MSM, ALL the pain went away. (This all happened about 5 years ago). The knot was still there even though the pain was gone (it was a very obvious knot). I then started taking apple cider vinegar tablets and WOW, the knot disappeared!! It is still gone and so is the pain.

Posted by Aujah (Huntington Beach, CA) on 01/06/2006

[YEA]  When i was a child my right hip would make a popping sound when i walked. Later on in life, after having a full pain in my hips i found out that my legs are different lengths and was on my way to having arthritis at the age of 21. A friend recommended MSM to help with my nail and hair growth (i can't keep up with how fast my hair and nails grow now). After a week of taking MSM my joint pain was completely gone!!! i was not expecting it at all. Every once in a wile i will forget to take MSM for a few days and my hip pain is back in full swing. I am hooked and it sure is nice to have such strong nail's and healthy long hair.

Posted by Jane (Poulsbo, WA)

[YEA]  I have found that taking MSM seems to reduce pain from old injuries and arthritis. Also, MSM seems to add an essential nutrient to the system. It would be good to read one of the books written about this ingredient, nutritional sulphur, since it will answer many questions that people will have. I told a friend about MSM and he started to take it, and found he felt immensely less pain in his back.

Posted by Belle (Los Angeles, CA)

[YEA]  I recently started to take MSM to help with neck pain. While it's too soon to tell if it is helping, I can report that it is making my nails grow like crazy!!

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Posted by Nat (Orange, Nsw ) on 07/06/2014

MSM in conjunction with HIMAYLAYAN SALT

I too experienced the general side effects that crew have mentioned taking MSM but they completely disappeared when I startled taking MSM in conjunction with the Himaylayan Salt brine, google it ... Tons of info on how to make the brine. I think the minerals within the salt brine helps the body to better assimilate the MSM and support the cleansing process . It was a fluke how I discovered this ... I hate the bitter taste that MSM leaves in the mouth ( I take the powder form with water ) and so then decided one day to have a glass of water with my salt brine mix as it leaves a sweet taste in your mouth to get rid of the bitter MSM taste and voila' noticed I didn't get the abdominal discomfort or headaches or nausea etc etc that I would always otherwise experience. Tried again day after day to see if it was just a one off or was really onto something, yep this really works!!! Hope this info helps any crew out there suffering side effects but want to keep on with the MSM. Cheers. Nat (*_*)

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Posted by Plumhappy (Eugene, Oregon) on 07/26/2012

I have some interesting results from taking MSM. I am gluten intolerant (not celiac). Normally when I get into gluten, I get sores in my mouth, on my tongue, my tummy hurts bit, left side hurts, gas, bloating, burping, etc. Very loose stools the morning after. Last night, as I was making hamburgers, I decided to through caution out the door and have a bun with mine instead of wrapping in lettuce. HMMMM, none of the usual except for some slight roughness in my mouth and some sinuses plugged up.

I have been taking MSM since May for my knees (works like a charm). I started with 500mg 3x a day and am up to 10,000 per day( not all at once). I also went off coffee in may and started drinking Yerba Matte (a lot, lol. With a tad of stevia in it). I take Vit. C with the msm and nothing more for supplements. I never thought this might help my stomach troubles but it has. Also dairy has been a issue and is better. I don't plan on going hog wild with gluten but was wondering if anyone else noticed this when taking MSM. I have also lost 14lbs. Yeah, I am not a big gal, 5' 3" and usually wear size 8/10 so am very pleased since I needed to drop a few. Would like to hear from others on this. The tea has curbed my appetite nicely. I did the research on Yerba Matte and it seems that some of the bad hype on it is because they don't tell you that the research done was on native south americans who also smoke. Hard to trust all research since some of it is so biased.

Posted by Cate
Melbourne, Vic., Australia
08/05/2012
[YEA]   "Hey Plumhappy. To some extent or another most people are gluten-intolerant. Go to marks daily apple dot com and learn about how destructive all grains are on the gut.

I've found relief after two days of 1/2 teaspoon 3 times a day of MSM in water or juice for a chronic shoulder problem. It would ache sitting here at the comp. Desk, lying in bed, cooking, doing dishes and driving, even walking around. Constant irritation, now gone. I'm so excited about this stuff.

Deidre, infinite blessings! : )

Posted by Lois (Quanah, Texas, Usa) on 11/08/2010

[YEA]  I had a bad shoulder pain in the joint. My elbow throbbed and my last three fingers were numb. I saw the Dr. I got a shot in the joint of the shoulder and after a couple of months I still hurt. I bought some MSM and took 4000 milligrams that morning, by afternoon it had stopped hurting. My fingers are no longer numb. I have copd and it has helped my breathing. I had a pulse ox of 90 sitting down and I noticed my pulse ox is 97 now. I find I can walk further. I have been on msm a month. I am so thankful for msm.

Posted by John (Nyc, Ny) on 01/15/2010

[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]  I have been in the healing profession (practitioner, researcher, advocate) for 30 years, nothing comes close to my experience with MSM, I am so sorry it took this long to try it. My chronic asthma gone in 3 days!! On albuterol for almost 40 years. I am in shock. Some side effects which I consider to be cleansing symptoms. Nausea, sleeplessness and skin breakouts, but I did start on a high dose of 20 grams a day. After three weeks no more 'side effects'. My energy has greatly increased, I feel quite euphoric every day now. The only time I had that kind of euphoria was by drinking three glasses of organic green juices a day. I think people on heavy medications, mercury fillings, toxic diet are going to have more difficulties with it, so building up from a small dose with extra vitamin C and plenty of pure water will help.

The other supplement that really helps is Vitamin D3, I take 16,000iu liquid daily, no colds for two years now and my chronic bronchitis of 20 years has disappeared. Some years it was mild others, severe triggering serious asthma attacks. So the combination of Vitamin and MSM has been miraculous for me. This great website encouraged me to try MSM. Thanks so much.

p.s. Brushing my teeth with MSM has whitened them.

Posted by Ivory Coast
Loco, Ca
01/17/2010
11 Posts
THANK YOU FOR POSTING THIS. I HAVE THE MSM AND MY CAT HAS ASTHMA. LORD KNOWS I'VE SPENT A LOT OF MONEY ON HER TO NO AVAIL. SHE THROWS UP THE ANTIBIOTIC. SHE ALSO HAS CONSTANT EYE INFECTIONS. UNFORTUNATELY SHE IS A MIDGET AND I CAN'T GET A LARGE PILL DOWN HER LITTLE THROAT. WHERE CAN I GET MSM IN SMALL PILLS?

EC: MSM comes in powder form as well. See google shopping: http://www.google.com/products?q=MSM+powder&hl=en&aq=f

Posted by Joyce
Joelton, Tn
01/17/2010
252 Posts
Hello Ivory Coast from Loco, Ca.

Look in the Yellow pages for a local farmers co-op store and go there to buy the MSM crystals for your little kitty. They will probably have it at a very reasonable rate.

Your kitty probably won't even realize she is getting it if you sprinkle it over some sardines or tuna. Sardines is probably healthier eating.

Posted by Maz
Sydney, Australia
01/18/2010
I have started using 3000mg of pure MSM (capsule form) and also found my energy levels are through the roof! I'm taking msm for melasma but this is a fantastic side effect

Sorry for all the posts but I think this website has changed my life!

Maz :)

Posted by Kini
Tallahassee, Florida
10/13/2010
Try giving your cat a tablespoon of plain yogurt 1-2 times a day and it should help clear up the reoccurring eye infections (it did for my dog). I also give him 1 tablet of chewable acidopholis daily.. We haven't had any eye infections for 2yrs now!
Posted by Sheila
Norwalk, Oh
03/30/2012
[YEA]   "For the cat, I always put the crystals in a liter of water. You shake it up for awhile until it dissolves and it is like nothing at all is in there. Give the kitty a liter of water with that in it and she will drink it, no problem.

You should be drinking a lot of water anyway. The pure MSM in crystal form is recommended. Start with a quarter teaspoon a day then work up to a full teaspoon. If you need more for your symptoms, it is ok to take much more. Your body will take what it needs and eliminate the rest.

I love the stuff. Don't take it after 2pm if it makes you jittery.

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Posted by Artfox13 (Los Angeles, Ca) on 03/31/2013

[YEA]  My allergies were really bad today, woke up with tears coming out of my eyes and snot oozing out of my nose. I have tried up to 3,000mg of MSM to no avail (maybe it's the wrong dosage?) What did work was:

1. Using a Neti pot to clean my nose first.

2. Took a q-tip and dipped it in tea tree oil and lined the inside of my nose with it. Not deep, just around the very opening. It seems to ease the nasal issues for me. The oil is actually very gentle, however you still want to be careful about putting it in too deep. I think the drying mechanism of the oil could be responsible for the relief. There was a period I would get staph infections in and around my nose and I would always dab the tea tree oil on it and after about 2-4 days it would subside.

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Posted by Shelleyjr (Albuquerque, NM) on 04/01/2014

I started MSM 5 days ago for Osteoarthritis pain and have had terrible headaches and bloating/gas. I got molybdenum yesterday and while it cured the headache, I still have tummy issues. (Arthritis is already better! )

I am taking 4 Doctor's Best MSM 1000 mg/1 gm capsules split between am and late afternoon. I took 450 mcg of molybdenum this morning with 2 gms of MSM and did the same this afternoon. Again no headache but my stomach feels bloated/gassy.

Health History;

I had hair analysis done a while back and each time it showed very high amounts of calcium and copper. (I had a copper toxicity using a skin care product on my clients. I absorbed a lot of copper through the palm of my hands doing facials.) Since then I have been doing a lot of detox's over the years.

Supplements;

I take Iodoral iodine, K2 and D3, CoQ10, boron/borax, tart cherry capsules for the OA and gout, and topical magnesium.

Today I have taken 900 mcg of molybdenum and feel it is working somewhat but not to the extent that Dr. Ben Lynch says on his podcast. Which he states molybdenum will eliminate bloating/gas associated with MSM. Also, in Dr. Lynch's podcast he list all the symptoms of a molybdenum deficiency which I answered "yes" to all. Since I am not worried about depleting my copper levels should I take more? And has anyone taken molybdenum in high doses over 950 mcg?

Thank you for any insight on high dose molybdenum.

Posted by Timh
Ky, Usa
04/02/2014
1227 Posts
Shelleyjr: I also had very high Calcium levels as per hair analysis. Bill from Philippines says it's probably due to leaky gut or malabsorption. I feel like I have made improvements in that category but will need to repeat test for sure.

Sunbathing for Vit-D should help absorb the calcium in the event that your gut isn't doing well. An herbal parasite cleanse might be of big value as parasites are very common in folks, particularly those w/ pets or livestock. Oil of Oregano will kill any pathogens in the gut.

As for the MolyB and excessive copper, it appears warranted to add at least 50mg Zinc daily as Zinc will combine w/ Copper to form Zinc/Copper Superoxide Dismutase, a major antioxidant enzyme in the body. Ionic Major & Minor Mineral supplement will help bring about a balance of minerals. Taurine will help mineral function. A complete B vitamin will combine w/ minerals to form coenzymes involved in many metabolic processes. Vit-E and Selenium will combine w/ the CoQ10 for a major antioxidant boost.

Pineapple, Turmeric, and Omega 3 fats are the major ant anti-inflammatory naturals. Magnet therapy is a powerful anti-inflammatory.


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