About four years ago, my mom asked me to research something that could help ease her asthma. She had suffered with him for over 30 years and felt that she would surely die of an asthma attack.
I started researching and found MSM (methyl sulfonyl methane), an organic sulfur (macromineral) found naturally in plants, animals, and the human body. It is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body and is used in all cells.
Sulfur is essential for healthy hair, skin, and nails. It stimulates the secretion of bile and helps maintain the proper functioning of the brain. When combined with vitamin C, it disinfects the blood and resists bacteria, parasites, and fungi. MSM helps muscles, skin, and lungs maintain flexibility while controlling inflammation in the body.
One of the most powerful ways that proper sulfur levels can affect the body is when new cells are created, sulfur is incorporated into the cell wall, allowing it to be more permeable to nutrients. Without sulfur, nutrients have a difficult time entering the cell wall.
Sulfur originates from the evaporation of ocean waters and then through precipitation is found in plants. If rainwater is not used in agriculture, but is replaced by city or purified water, no sulfur will be found in the products.
Some plant sources of sulfur include asparagus, garlic, onions, and green leafy vegetables, especially watercress and Swiss chard. They are best eaten raw and raw because sulfur is easily destroyed by heat.
MSM supplementation can benefit arthritis sufferers by improving joint flexibility, reducing stiffness, swelling and pain, increasing circulation and cellular vitality.
Sulfur is helpful for asthmatics by preventing inflammation and regulating the fluid that covers the surface of the lungs’ airways. It allows the lungs to be more flexible, increasing lung capacity.
Methylsulfonylmethane is considered extremely safe and toxicity is virtually unknown. In fact, no toxic effects were demonstrated in humans who received up to 1 gram per kilogram of body weight (70 grams or more) per day for 30 days.
My mom started taking 1-2 grams (1 gram equals 1,000 mg) a day, working up to 8 grams over a 3-4 month period, and then weaned again. He went from using his “puffer” every day to never using it. He is no longer taking steroids or other medications and has not had asthma for the past 4 years.
Side note: Sulfur should be divided into at least two servings a day, as its half-life is only 12 hours in the body.
Some other conditions that can benefit from adding sulfur supplements are:
- Wound healing
- Pain relief
- Eye problems
- Cramps (and PMS)
- Skin conditions, including psoriasis
- Parasitic infestation
- Poisoning by toxic metals