Health Tips & Facts #6

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100 Health facts and tips (#6 of 100)

#6 If you suffer from chronic pain, there is a natural solution.

Methylsufonylmethane (MSM) an organic form of sulfur has been known to reduce the inflammation that results in chronic pain. The mineral, sulfur, is a much needed mineral in the body. The Mercola website, a distributor of MSM, states that close to half of the sulfur in your body can be found in your muscles, skin, and bones. MSM can reduce the discomfort associated with joint pain in your knees, chronic back pain, or pain associated with arthritis. It may also support healthy skin, hair, and nails.

You may be wondering if MSM really works. Studies in which participants took MSM for a period of twelve weeks showed MSM to be effective in all participants. MSM can be found naturally in plants, but it can also be found in some foods you eat everyday like asparagus, alfalfa, beets, cabbage, corn, legumes, wheat germ, garlic, eggs, and more. MSM can also be purchased at nutrition and whole food stores in pill, powder or liquid form. Take note: those who have allergies to sulfur may have trouble with MSM as a supplement.