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MSM Health Benefits and Side Effects

Last Modified on May 10, 2015


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Posted by Carrie (Mississauga, Canada) on 01/20/2008

[YEA]  I have been suffering from melasma for about 4 years now. It's on my forehead,and both my cheeks. I have tried everything from bleaches, cosmelan to IPL. Everything is short term. Just as recent as December, 2007, I started taking MSM, vitamin C as well as applying apple cider vinegar on my face. The results are amazing. For the first time in 4 years I can actually say my face has improved and I don't mind going out without makeup. It's only been 6 weeks and I intend on using this remedy to see if it'll get even better. I do hope my experience and information sharing will help someone out there, that has melasma. Good luck!!

Replied by Nonny
Downey, ca
10/18/2008
Carrie, thats great news about your fading Melasma. Are you taking MSM all by it's self or do you take it with Vit.C as well? I've been reading on this MSM and I finally purchased a bottle of it but I'm taking it with Vit.C and code liver Oil. I'm also still going to use the Cosmalan treatment while the pills takes affect. You see, I have 12 weeks before I ship out to Navy boot camp and you can't use make-up there. That's rough, at least for me. I hate waking up and having to face my myself in the mirror day in and day out. I want my face back! We all do. Well, good luck to you and trust me, I pray every night in the hopes that everyone who has Melasma will one day wake up to a brand new face.

Posted by Scott (Kent, OH) on 12/07/2007

[YEA]  I have been on a quest to cure my asthma for a few years now as I feel that allopathic medicine just makes my breathing worse over time. I recently tried apple cider vinegar and oil pulling with no siginifcant improvement. I have also tried many herbal remedies that I won't even list as they never helped enough for me to give up my inhalers. Let me clarify that my asthma is chronic and I have been on Advair, Singular, a daily nubulizer, Proventil, Albuterol, Primetine, and Asthmanex. On most days I was using a combination of these medications and although they helped to a degree, they never gave me complete relief and if I missed doses I would be close to emergency room wheezing (actually, after starting Advair I went to ER two times and prior to this med - I hadn't been to ER in 15 years). Now it may be that my quest is over as I started MSM last week and I feel as though I had a lung transplant. I can't really put into words how overjoyed I feel and how thankful I am to this website for exposing me to this supplement. I have made it through an entire week without using my inhaler at night and have decreased my inhaler to once a day. I was up to about 10-15 times a day depending on weather and allergens in air!!! I have quit taking singular and have thrown out asthmnex. I will continue to keep my albuterol for emergencies but if MSM continues to work so well - I may not have to use it. I have also found that when I have had difficulty breathing like sledding with daughter the other night - if I wait a few minutes it goes away. Normally, I would reach for inhaler for relief but don't feel that it is as urgent or severe. MSM may not work for others but it seems worth a try because for me it is nothing less than a miracle. Thanks again for this site and happy breathing to all. I will post an update if anything changes.

Replied by Elyn
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Usa
12/12/2010
Wonderful! It doesn't work for my asthmatic bronchitis, though. Been sick with it for a week and a half and I've been on 1 tsp per day of MSM for 6 weeks. Wish it worked for my problem.
Replied by Dee
So. Cal
01/11/2015
[YEA]   For years, "it feels as though I've had a lung transplant" with MSM has been my motto! (I thought I was the only one). I "had" allergic asthma and albuterol (sp) did not work. I also "had" joint pain, and my whole family had joint paint and arthritic, it seems, for generations. I started taking MSM about 10 years ago, and never looked back. My health is great, I can breathe fully and freely, and for the past few years, steady kick boxing -- not bad for a grandmother:)
Replied by Patricia
Nashua, NH
01/11/2015
How much MSM are you taking for your asthma?

Posted by Joyce (Joelton, Tn) on 11/25/2007

[YEA]  To Sandy: For all those other aches and pains - I swear by MSM - this is what our' bodies convert DMSO into. Remember all the controversy over that one. I have been taking it several years with nothing but good results, however I did read on EC where someone said had bad reaction. You can google to read about it before you try. It is akin to sulphur, but I have no trouble with it despite being unable to take sulfa drugs such as Bactrim.

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.

Replied 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.

Replied by Bob
Elmhurst Twp., Pa. Usa
03/20/2012
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.

Replied 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.


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