MSM’s medical name is methylsulfonylmethane. Breaking it up: methyl-sulfonyl-methane provides an idea of what it does. Number one, it provides the body with sulfur. The fourth most plentiful mineral in the body is sulfur and it’s a vital building block for joints, cartilage, skin, hair and nail growth. MSM also provides methyl groups, which support many vital biochemical processes in the body, including energy production.
MSM is popular and you can take it as a standalone supplement. But it is also an ingredient in a wide range of supplements (like our own Novo Renew) because it works so well. Research shows it’s helpful in lowering inflammation, reducing joint pain, and speeding muscle recovery after exercise.
Take a Look at the Science
MSM has been widely tested for its anti-inflammatory properties with well-documented results. These studies show that MSM significantly reduces inflammation and also inhibits the breakdown of cartilage.
For example, a study of 100 people over the age of 50 found that treatment with a supplement containing 1,200 mg of MSM for 12 weeks decreased pain, stiffness and swelling in the joints, compared to a placebo. In another study, 40 physically active men took 3 grams of MSM before exhaustive exercise. The research indicated there was a decrease in the release of inflammatory cytokines and MSM prevented the over-stress of immune cells, compared to a placebo.
It Comforts Muscle Soreness Too
Athletes often experience soreness from muscle damage and oxidative stress, which hinders their athletic performance. Twenty-two healthy women received 3 grams of MSM or a placebo per day for three weeks leading up to a half marathon. In the study, the MSM group reported less muscle soreness and joint pain than the placebo group.
MSM is Big Part of the Nutraceuticals Boom
Few supplements have been tested as widely as MSM. As you can see, the results of those tests are very positive. And MSM works both as an anti-inflammatory and naturally speeds muscle recovery by reducing oxidative stress.
As a key ingredient in Novo Renew, MSM offers a great one-two punch for active athletes who want to recovery from their workout aches and pains naturally .