Methylsulfonylmethane, or MSM, is a bioavailable form of sulphur, a mineral with powerful antioxidant properties naturally found in major structural tissue within the body, such as cartilage. MSM is shown to manage inflammation, joint and muscle pain and oxidative stress, making this popular with individuals with arthritis or aches and pains after exercise by reducing inflammation and blocking the pain response in nerve fibers.
Additionally, sulphur is necessary for the formation of connective tissue which may lead to the benefits seen in those with osteoarthritis. Studies have also shown that the combination of these antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of MSM may provide a form of management for allergic rhinitis, an irritation inside the nose caused by common allergies such as pollen and dust. Daily consumption of this sulfur compound may manage the symptoms of sneezing, itchiness and runny nose. The structure of MSM enables fast absorption through the small intestine, to be utilised by the body, playing a key role in supporting the normal function of the immune system, particularly in response to the chronic exposure to stress.