MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) is a source of sulfur. The use of sulfur has been known for a long time. Already in ancient times, bathing in sulfur-rich hot springs, often of volcanic origin, was a popular method to relax the body. In many contemporary spas, the water is also often rich in sulfur compounds.
MSM is also called dimethyl sulfone, a chemical name for two methyl groups linked to a sulfur atom. Sulfur, together with calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium and phosphorus, is one of the macrominerals: minerals that the body needs in large quantities every day. Yet it is one of the most underestimated minerals. Sulfur from MSM is a building block of the sulfur-containing amino acids cysteine and methionine, which are part of almost all proteins.
Scientific interest in MSM is now increasing every year with more than 300 scientific publications to date. We have to get sulfur from food, because we cannot produce it ourselves. Dietary sources include algae, fruits, vegetables, grains and tea. Sulfur does not occur in large quantities in food and a large part is lost during the cooking process.
Many people appear to have a sulfur deficiency without realizing it. If it is not possible to consume enough sulfur-containing food or if we experience a decreasing effectiveness of our sulfur metabolism as we get older, an MSM supplement can offer a solution. This way, the amount of sulfur in the body can be maintained.