The following is a post from Peter’s wife, Katrina.
MSM is a supplement I’ve been taking regularly for well over ten years. You can find it in capsule form or in dissolvable flakes. I take both and love it! Several companies now also add it to lotions, creams, shampoos, conditioners, etc. because of its many benefits. So, if you aren’t familiar with MSM, please read on.
MSM stands for methylsulfonylmethane and is a naturally occurring sulfur that can be found in all animals. In theory we should be able to get enough MSM from the foods we eat. However, our foods are now grown in deleted soils and watered from sources that don’t have the same qualities as pure rain water. This means adding MSM to our diet through supplementation may not be a bad idea.
MSM can be taken internally or externally. I’ve seen a list with dozens of ailments that it can alleviate, but I can’t vouch for all of them. So I’ll just list the things that MSM has personally helped me with:
– Hair growth
– Nail growth
– Softer skin
– Greater flexibility
– Joint aches
We’ve known about MSM for a long time, but science has only recently become more interested in the plethora of benefits that people are attributing to it. As research continues we’ll be able to understand exactly how MSM works in the body. For now we know that MSM is considered to be a safe supplement according to the tests that have been done. No optimal dosage has been determined, however I personally take up to 4 teaspoons a day with no adverse effects. And I know people who take more than that with great results.
One thing I am always aware of is the source of the MSM that I take. I only take Opti-MSM which is available through several different companies. I choose Opti-MSM because it is the purest form on the market and is tested regularly for its purity. So be mindful to choose Opti-MSM rather than a less pure source.
If you want to add MSM to your daily regimen, I recommend starting slowly by adding a little to your water, juices and/or smoothies each day, then adding more as time goes on. See how your body reacts to it and how you enjoy the taste. In small amounts I have found it to be tasteless. In large amounts it isn’t as easy to tolerate. So, starting with a small amount is an excellent way to find out how it works and tastes for you. You can also try my simple recipe for MSM lemonade. Here it is:
2 cups filtered water
2 teaspoons Opti-MSM flakes
Juice of ½ organic lemon
2-3 drops liquid stevia
Stir and drink!
Sending hugs and love,
Disclaimer: Please remember that you should always listen to your own body. What works for me may not work for you. So, if you decide to add MSM to your diet, do your research, start slow and always pay attention to what your body is saying to you.