Methyl sulfonyl methane is a compound naturally found in some green plants and animals and it is primarily used as dietary supplement. It can also be synthetically prepared in laboratories. It is also commonly found in the atmosphere above marine areas, where it is used as a carbon source by the airborne bacteria Afipia.
MSM is a white crystalline solid in room temperature. Because of its polarity and stability, it is widely used as industrial solvent for manufacturing other organic and inorganic compounds. It contains sulfur and this compound has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, although most of the research has been conducted in vitro, meaning in an artificial environment outside of the body. Because of its ability to work as an anti-inflammatory agent and as an antioxidant, MSM can be used in the relief of conditions such as osteoarthritis, inflammation of the eye and mucus membranes, allergies, cardiovascular issues such as hypertension and poor circulation, headaches and migraines.
Several of the foods in your current diet contain MSM. Rich sources of MSM include cow's milk, coffee, tomatoes, tea, Swiss chard, beer, alfalfa sprouts and corn. It also is found in fruits such as apples and raspberries, vegetables, whole grains and legumes.
Used as supplement for improving exercise performance.Used in the treatment for osteoarthritis. It can be taken as supplement or can be applied on the skin in the form of cream.