7 Benefits of MSM – The Miracle Supplement

Biologically active sulfur is one of the most critical nutrients for our bodies to remain youthful and energetic.  As we age, along with a diet deficient in essential nutrients, our bodies become stiff, our cells become rigid, and our overall energy begins to rapidly decelerate.

MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) is an organic sulfur compound that’s naturally derived during the earth’s rain cycle.  Sulfur is present in many natural unprocessed foods, but it’s quickly lost during the cooking process.  MSM is gaining a lot of attention due to the recent focus on longevity and anti-aging technologies.  Here’s a list of 7 impressive benefits that MSM delivers:

1. Improves skin health and complexion

MSM is necessary for collagen production.  Sagging skin and wrinkles, as well as dry, cracked skin are all developed through a loss of collagen.  MSM works together with Vitamin C to build new, healthy tissues.  MSM can normalize collagen formation and radically improve skin health.

2. Improves flexibility

Research has shown that MSM is highly effective in improving joint flexibility.  Additionally, it helps to produce flexible skin and muscle tissue.  This leads to an increase in overall flexibility due to a restoration of the “juiciness” in the tissues.

3. Detoxifies the body

One of the most important features of MSM is that it makes your cells more permeable.  This means that it allows toxins and metabolic waste products to easily be moved out of the cells, while essential nutrients and hydration can be moved in.  It’s a calcium phosphate dissolver, so it has a remarkable ability to break up the bad calcium that’s at the root of degenerative diseases.

4. Strengthens hair and nails

Collagen and keratin and both critical for the production of healthy hair and nails.  MSM is a bonafide “beauty mineral” that provides the sulfur needed to produce collagen and keratin.  It’s also highly noted to contribute to exceptional strength and thickness of the hair and nails, which can be noticed in just a couple weeks of consistent use.

5. Accelerates healing

Lactic acid and other byproducts cause pain and soreness in the body.  MSM increases the ability of the body to eliminate waste products at the cellular level.  This speeds recovery and frees up more energy for rebuilding.

6. Naturally Increases energy

Due to the increased permeability of the cells, less energy is required to deal with the accumulation of toxins.  This results in more energy being redirected towards activity and necessary healing.  Digestion is the biggest energy requirement of the body (Approximately 70-80% of your energy is spent on digestion each day). MSM increases the absorption of nutrients so that the energy expenditure on digestion is vastly reduced.

7. Anti-inflammatory

MSM is a powerful anti-inflammatory due to its ability to allow metabolic wastes to be removed from the cells.  Excess weight on the body is actually inflammation.  The cells of the body are chronically inflamed and retaining the byproducts of metabolic processes.  Sulfur needs to be present In order for these toxins and wastes to be removed from the body.  When these byproducts can be removed from the system, then the cells can also dispose of excess fluids that were being stored as a buffer.  What results is a natural and effective reduction in unwanted weight.

How to use MSM:

MSM can be purchased in powder form or in supplement capsules.  For best results using the MSM powder, added it to your water along with a botanical source of vitamin C like Camu Camu Berry or lemon juice.  Most MSM supplements contain synthetic byproducts, but you can find an organic, 100% naturally derived MSM right here: OptiMSM Flakes.  Start with one teaspoon of MSM powder in 16 ounces of water, and gradually work your way up to 2 to 3 tablespoons per day to see some really impressive results.

Leave a comment below and share any experience you’ve had with MSM.

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  • Seth
    7 Oct 2010, 8:45 pm

    First I want to say THANK YOU SHAWN for the bulletproof your health contest! I’m still trying to believe I won actual cacao!

    This MSM thing is so neat, i love learning new things such as the permeability of the cells and all the advantages and opportunities that kind of technology brings forth when implemented. A few weeks ago i had the wonderful fortune of winning a similar contest for some joint product with MSM in it. After learning about MSM from your videos, i was excited to get the product from the other company. It was in capsule form and after mixing one capsule with water and only sipping it, it didn’t resonate with me well and i think that’s because of the OTHER stuff that was in it. So i’m looking forward to some actual “healthier” sources of MSM because it truly is an amazing thing to add in.

    Hopefully the cacao will resonate with me in an amazing beneficial way. I am so very excited to try this. I have known about cacao for months but I’m not sure i have ever actually tried any. Sure i’ve had chocolate before, but have i ever had cacao?! I am really looking forward to this. So much. This may give me an edge in helping my family learn about RAW and that it can and does TASTE amazing to eat healthy!

    • claudia pineda
      27 Aug 2012, 1:57 am

      hi Seth the best way to get sources of msm is msm flakes I have omos 15 years drinking end I now is amazing but you can’t dring mor then 8 tsp a day end is berre inportan you dringk wit bitamin C for beter resul if you want mor info send my a E-mail I have difrens natural product with amazing benefic for you body you can tex or call me 323(506-2509

    • Charles
      9 Jul 2013, 10:13 am

      This stuff really works, I have SLE in the joints , so with a some research I started consuming MSM which reduced my pain to 80 %, I am back running, gym, my body regenerated its functions…

      • Ashley
        3 Aug 2017, 11:17 am

        Hi ,

        What was your daily Dosage of MSM?

    • Marv Apriestley
      20 Jul 2014, 4:16 am

      Just bought MSM powder and found that substantial relief from joint pain was noticed in fingers, left knee

    • p
      7 Jul 2015, 1:07 am

      stuff is absolutely amazing so much more energy so much less pain sense of well being wow wish I’d known about it before. love it

    • John hill
      17 Nov 2015, 11:38 am

      I learned of mms from a navy biologist friend . He was lifting railroad ties at 68 years old up stairs rebuilding a boat dock . Two years previously he had broken his back ! He advised me to purchase 99.9 % pure powder from a veterinarian type feed store . Most of them have it for about $ 10.00 per pound and less in a 3 pound container . I’ve talked to a number of body builders using it regularly for muscle pain . My biologist friend says the toxicity is no more than water and won’t effect your liver like other prescription anti inflamtories . Personally I take it in water with powdered vitamin c for taste and chase it down with a little orange juice . Mixing it with vitamin c has many many other benifits . He stated the side affects are softer skin , thicker hair , and stronger nails . How can you go wrong ?

    • 22 Jan 2016, 5:25 pm

      I am taking MSM on a daily basis for almost 6 months now and feel wonderful!

    • Robert
      18 May 2017, 7:42 am

      Is this safe to take with other medication?

    • Tim Slazyk
      15 Jan 2018, 1:31 pm

      I am wondering if my MSM, in crystal form, which tastes terrible when mixed in beverages by the way, can go bad? It’s tasted bad since day one so the taste is not why I’m asking. I’ve had this bag of crystals for about 2 years. Also, does it really have beneficial effects for decalcifying the Pineal Gland and reversing tooth decay?

  • Carol Fairchild
    7 Oct 2010, 10:15 pm

    Thanks Shawn, a great review. I need to put MSM back into my supplements.

    • Jane
      6 Jun 2017, 12:01 pm

      I am 71, and have arthritis in my right knee, and some in my thumb area, at 71, I started feeling low energy, real low, my knee was hurting all the time. I started using the MSM about a little over a month, and I feel like I am 60 years old, I look great, my skin is smooth and youthful looking, I have unstoppable energy.

  • TC
    8 Oct 2010, 3:09 pm

    I definitely will be trying this next. It’s like one new and improved way of living after the other. So I’m trying to keep up here. Thank you for all of the information, I’m taking notes. Where can I get MSM powder? Hopefully I can persuade my fiancee to at least try and see for himself the benefits living and eating better can provide! Thanks again

    • Shawn
      10 Oct 2010, 3:09 pm

      You’re SO welcome Tiffany. One of the best strategies for incorporating good health with the family is focusing on doing small special things for you FIRST. You are the heart of the family, so you being strong and healthy is of the utmost importance. We just posted a link for people to get the best MSM that I’ve ever come across right above in the “How to use MSM” section.

      • Shelley
        4 Jul 2012, 8:47 am

        Shawn –

        I am interested in what ideas you have for DCIS and helps with side effects of chemotherapy. I am so open to natural things I can do to help me get through this and keep it from coming back in the future.
        Thanks for your help – any suggestions would be appreciated.


    • Jane
      6 Jun 2017, 12:02 pm

      I went on Amazon.com and that is where I purchased the capsules, the cream, and the “Happy Body” its awesome!

    • 5 Nov 2017, 3:51 am

      After becoming a wholesale or retail member for young living, search for sulfurzyme! Add to cart and before you know it you’ll be on your way to a healthier lifestyle.

  • 23 Oct 2011, 2:41 am

    MSM is excellent features.

    I have a problem with joint pain.

    It was torture, but the MSM to relieve it.

  • valarie
    8 Nov 2011, 10:02 pm

    I’ve only been taking this for four days and I notice a dramatic difference. I have more energy, I sleep better and my digestion has improved (no acid reflux).

    • Shawn
      5 Dec 2011, 5:11 pm

      We’ve been making some changes to the site, so it’s been a while since I’ve been able to respond to all of the comments but yours jumped right out at me… I LOVE when people take action on something and just try it on to see if it fits for them. MSM can be so great for a lot of people… I’m glad that you noticed some good things happening for you.

      • Joanne
        3 Jun 2015, 2:50 am

        My lungs constantly have fluid for over a year. I started taking msm months, ago. I take 3 1000mg jarrow brand which has improved my breathing however the fluid in my lungs never seems to go away. Should I try increasing the dosage perhaps?

        • jerry
          12 Dec 2015, 10:44 am

          I started taking too much vitamin e years ago and it caused fluid in my lungs. Vitamin E can thin the blood too much causing blood in your lungs so be careful how much you take.

        • Bill
          13 Feb 2017, 7:46 pm

          Joanne…sounds like you may have COPD acute bronchitis…have it checked out…Sputum would be in your bronchial tubes and not in your lungs…ck it out…

        • stephen
          5 Jul 2017, 10:28 am

          I started msm today wil keep you updated on my progress regarding severe post work out muscle pain to joanne about fluid in lungs I had fluid in lungs for months I started using genf20 plus and it completely cleared up I had tried everything previous its never come bk I feel your pain its also fantastic for asthmatics

        • Alwin
          23 Oct 2017, 5:55 pm

          Hi Joanne….What is the dosage of M.S.M that you have been taking? Increase the dosage to 4 gms four times a day. And the fluid in the lungs should dry up within a month or two max. But be sure to be consistant…..

        • Evelyn
          17 Dec 2017, 2:43 pm

          Try ro take MSM with SERRAPEPTASE.

      • Sara
        5 Dec 2016, 1:25 am

        Hi shawn.I hve hypothyroid n ra from yrs.always struggled with my weight mostly my arms were big n swollen.I tried msm tabs n in a few days could see a vast difference in my muscles.my arms are not sore n my body doesn’t feel stiff .I will continue tking it.very happy with it n thnk u.could u tell me the right dosage to tke.am taking 2000 milligrams twice daily.but 0laning to get the powder for as well.

      • 30 Jan 2017, 3:08 am

        I’ve read, and personally found that msm is best absorbed through the mouth. The acid in our stomach degrades the msm. I put a tablespoon of flakes in my mouth, take a shot of orange juice, and move it around for 5 minutes, the swallow, chased with some more OJ. It’s a bit more work, but you have to make it a ritual.
        Horses don’t have this problem as they have a much slower digestion in their stomach.

      • Sharon Easterbrook
        23 Oct 2017, 7:56 pm

        I’m 53 yrs old., and I suffer horrible Osteoarthritis pain. I’m looking forward to starting a regime of MSM powder, to help me with daily pain, as the alternative solutions, have not been very successful.
        Thank you

  • kaara
    23 Dec 2011, 11:59 am

    My integrative doctor just prescribed vitamin c and msm as part of my supplement program to help with my breast cancer diagnosis. I have been taking it three times a day for about a week, and I have noticed that I am sleeping better, and my hot flashes and irritability have disappeared (I was taken off bioidentical hormones upon diagnosis) and this would be an added benefit as I must keep my estrogen levels very low. I don’t want to take the anti hormonals prescribed with cancer treatment because of the side effects.

    • Shawn
      22 Jan 2012, 11:43 am

      Kaara, thanks for sharing that, and I wish you a full recovery and more. My apologies for taking a moment to reply, we’ve been working on some great upgrades for the site to make it easier for people to connect with me and get solutions that they’re looking for. If you have any questions about your diagnosis, be sure to let me know and I’ll do my best to direct you.

      Here’s something that I have all of my clients diagnosed with cancer get into their hands (it’s incredibly valuable, and it can make a world of difference in reversing a disease like cancer) – The Truth About Breast Cancer and The Answer To Cancer with bestselling author Ty Bollinger

      • Vi
        6 Oct 2014, 8:04 pm

        Hi Shawn the website you recommended for clients diagnosed with cancer is not coming up, can you tell me what the information was or suggest another site that will have the same info. I have copied your comment and website below and when you click on the link it says it has been closed down due to multiple cases of infringement.
        Here’s something that I have all of my clients diagnosed with cancer get into their hands (it’s incredibly valuable, and it can make a world of difference in reversing a disease like cancer): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVECAlT4AXY&feature=gv

      • Sabrina
        31 May 2015, 12:25 am

        It says the video/user was removed. Can you give me what info you were wanting people who have been diagnosed with cancer to receive from this video?
        Thank you!!! 🙂

      • Mignon
        10 Aug 2015, 10:27 pm

        Awesome reply to her! Love it! Tye is a wonderful man and his journey worth listening to! Wealth of knowledge to be heard from him!

      • Alida Orozco Hamilton
        30 Mar 2017, 9:01 pm

        Can it help for breast cancer? I have a tumor and I got a wound that is bleeding , my husband has achalasia and a estricture in his esophagus

      • Caroline
        5 Jun 2017, 1:28 am

        Hi am Caroline 53 yrs from SA I have been reading your help full advice to people hope I ll also have solution for my problem am diagnosed with Carlcaneal spurs also have painful joints presently am taking
        MSM BODY POWDER FROM REALTHING PRODUCTS and anti inflammatory tablets only one month now do u think this pain will go away after some time it’s killing me and am told Carlcaneal spurs have no cure just control the pain only please is anything I can use to heal my right heel and joints please help

    • Daniel
      3 May 2012, 2:20 pm

      I would also add flaxseed oil. If you look at the budwig diet, the reason Gerson actually says to use quark or cottage cheese, is because of the high amount of sulfur that is contained in these foods. Well you can’t get a higher amount of sulfur in food than sulfur itself! (;-D)

    • Bev
      20 Jul 2014, 6:33 pm

      Please look up Dr. David Brownstein and how Lugol’s iodine has saved many a breast cancer patient. You can even make your own Lugol’s for a fraction of the the price of commercial brands. Just search:Make Lugol’s.

    • Louise
      19 Mar 2017, 9:05 am

      Hey there could you please let me know what does you’re taking and what type of vit C you use with it? I also have a hormonal breast cancer diagnosis and would like to try this before I decide what/if I follow any hospital treatment – thanks so much!

    • Lynne
      16 Apr 2017, 10:34 am

      Also look into iodine supplementation for Breast cancer. A lack of iodine is directly associated with all kinds of reproductive cancers. Nascent iodine is an excellent internal supplementation while Lugols at a higher strength can also be used to paint directly on the breasts.

  • Ann
    17 Apr 2012, 9:20 am

    Can I get this in a capsule

    • Ann
      17 Apr 2012, 9:22 am


    • Shawn
      31 May 2015, 7:51 pm

      Yes, you can definitely get it in capsules as well.

      • Noreen
        20 Jun 2015, 10:20 am

        Will mms help for high blood pressure

    • Judd toll
      11 Jul 2015, 7:56 am

      Yes u can all star health.com body first product 1000mg caps. Great stuff. I have been taking it for years

    • Jane
      6 Jun 2017, 12:10 pm

      You can get it in capsule form at amazon.com.

    • Skylar Carder
      20 Jan 2018, 8:16 pm

      Yes young living sells sulpharzyme that has msm in it. Worth looking into.

  • Sumaya
    24 May 2012, 2:06 pm

    I just want to thank you. Where to begin, I came across your site by accident while looking for a solution to my very new symptoms that has changed my life, I became lethergic, no energy, too many cold sores, painful cramps during PMS, skin problem, etc..
    As soon as I read the benefits in MSM above, I went out and bought MSM capscule (I don’t have much choice as I am in Dubai). Let me tell you MSM is a miracle at least for me. I am on it for four days now and I can see the difference, I have more energy. I have finished a 45 minutes high intensity work out without taking any stimulants. I am waiting to see how it is going to effect my PMS.
    Words cannot express my gratitude for the effort and long hours you put to make the information available for us. Thousands thanks and may you be blessed always.

    • Dave
      31 Dec 2014, 2:13 am

      Hi Sumaya I also live in Dubai and have been trying to buy MSM or any klnd of organic sulfur….no luck, then I saw your post what a stroke of luck.
      Can you tell me where you bought your MSM from

      waiting to hear and can’t wait to try it.

      Regards Dave

      • Jane
        6 Jun 2017, 12:12 pm

        at amazon.com

  • Vilma Osorio
    28 May 2012, 9:58 am

    MSM is amazing!. I have RA and allergies. I started taking MSM since last December, the results: not pain, not inflamation, I’m breathing better, more energy and I lost several pounds. I just take 1 spoon with water after breakfast. I feel wonderful!

    • Amanda
      6 Dec 2015, 9:55 pm

      I have lots of problems, back, hip, knee pain, an just found out a have arthritis n my neck knee n hip. N plus am over weight. So a friend of mine told me about MSM, n they say it’s really helping them, am on alot of pain meds. Would that interfere with MSM? I really need something to help me with my arthritis, I have tarmdals, oxy’s, gabbapenton, fexcarel. And am tried alot.

  • Rich
    31 May 2012, 9:44 am

    Hi everyone, I’ve read the posts about MSM and want to start it. How do I know which products have the highest quality value. Marlene could you please share this info? Thx

  • Fritz
    23 Jul 2012, 9:24 am

    You say: “Research has shown that MSM is highly effective ”
    Please let us have details of this research.
    thank you

  • Qamar
    12 Aug 2012, 10:47 am

    Hello, i busted my knee ligaments and am going through a period of recovery, Its about four months now and now i am thinking to start some excercise and weight training for my knee, Could msm help my knee ligaments to be durable/strenghen up again.

  • anthony
    10 Sep 2012, 11:56 am

    I just started taking MSM in a 1500mg tablet. I did not see on this site what the daily amount (other than teaspoon) daily. I been taking these for 4 days and unless I am imagining things, I am feeling better and improved engery. I have RA and will be getting my left knee replaced in about a year. Any advice on daily dose and improvements I should start noticing appreciated. I need to lose 20lbs and my energy level has been down. Thanks.

  • Ruben Ventura
    19 Dec 2012, 3:27 pm

    If someone can answer this question for me that would be great.
    What brand and form of msm would yield the
    best results? I usually get the store brand at
    the vitamin shop in capsules. Anyone please.

    • Troy
      20 Mar 2013, 8:23 pm

      The vitamin shoppe brand is great. It is packaged by optipure brand, which is one of the purest producers.

    • P
      30 Nov 2013, 3:46 am

      Bluebonnet MSM powder (powder is cheaper) is what my nutritionist recommends. You can get the best price at iherb.com using coupon code TAR094 for $5 off. All MSM is not the same, that’s for sure. It’s one supplement that is super fussy as to how it’s made.

    • Gautam
      30 Mar 2014, 10:49 pm

      Raw food world

    • Ron
      13 Sep 2014, 9:09 pm

      Plant based powder is best. Tastes bad but it is the best. I mix mine with some manuka honey everyday and feel like im in my twenties again…I get mine from Amazon but most health food stores should carry it as well…

    • Jurel
      26 Feb 2017, 1:40 pm

      I have not tried MSM yet but I make it a habit to get all my supplements as pure as possible without flow agents , fillers or excipients. Example : Titanium Dioxide. Magnesium stearate, stearic acid, etc, etc. I am going to try the MSM from. ” THE HAPPY BODY Store ” Their MSM is 99.9 % organic without the fillers. I don’t work for them . I have been helped by sites like this and I would like to help someone else.

    • todg
      5 Nov 2017, 9:30 am

      Got mine at ACE Hardware it is for Horses 2 pounds of powder for $16.95
      MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) is found in nature and is often used for joint support as well as improved blood circulation and absorption. 99.8% pure MSM. Feed two scoops per day for one week, then one scoop per day for maintenance. 10,000 mg MSM per scoop. Coarse powder But I only take 1000 mg 2 times a day.

    • Roger sommerfield
      12 Jan 2018, 8:35 am

      Dr cassar has MSM in 2lb bags just look up dr.Cassar and Msm

  • Lisa
    7 Jan 2013, 10:10 pm

    I’ve been taking MSM for a lot of years. I take 1 tablespoon dissolved in 1/4 cup of warm water every morning after I brush my teeth. I swish it around for 30 seconds and swallow. I have developed a lot of plaque on my teeth for my whole life. I started taking MSM faithfully after a dental cleaning and when I went back in six months, the hygienist was shocked because I had almost no plaque. The dentist was very interested in what I had done. My sweetie had suffered from severe bronchitis attacks every winter for 20 years. He’s had weak lungs his whole life. He started taking MSM 14 years ago and hasn’t had brochitis since. It was recommended by someone who had suffered from asthma since childhood. He never had asthma attacks after he started taking MSM. I’m a believer.

    • pertina
      19 Nov 2014, 9:04 am

      Thank you!! This really helps me out!

    • TrEllis O Berry
      19 Nov 2016, 6:56 am

      Can you get to much MSM in your system? What is the youngest you can be to take this because my 5 year old has seasonal asthma? I just got my powder form yesterday have heard nothing but great things about MSM, EXCITED FOR THE OUTCOME.

  • Patricia
    15 Jan 2013, 12:12 pm

    reply to George Tallabas re: arthritis inflammation

    Bromelain (chewable tablets) between meals helps with arthritis. It is derived from pineapple so if you are not diabetic, pineapple juice is great too! MSN should help with some of the inflammation. You may consider researching a diet that is arthritis friendly (non-acidic).

    • Emma
      23 Jul 2017, 1:15 pm

      Please note any bottled or canned juice has no active bromelain due to processing killing enzymes. To garner health from enzymes such as pineapple’s bromelain it must be raw.

  • Andrea Donsky
    26 Jan 2013, 4:34 pm

    Thanks for the information. My husband and I started taking MSM (organic crystals) about 2 weeks ago and it does have a bitter taste, but it’s not that bad. The most water you dilute it in, the less bitter it tastes. My husband started feeling a difference in his leg (nerve and muscle pain) pretty immediately, so he is happy. I run a website where we talk a lot about natural/organic living and there is a great articles on 20 uses for MSM. You can read it here: http://www.naturallysavvy.com/natural-and-organic/20-reasons-to-try-organic-sulfur.

  • Jan C.
    20 Apr 2013, 7:49 pm

    I had a neck injury, triple whiplash, in 1985. Then a lower back injury to L4 L5 and C1 in 1990. Soon after I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, degenerative joint disease, and arthritis. There has not been one day without pain sense 1985. By 2001, I wasn’t able to take pain killers. My liver was so full of poison and I felt so sick everyday. MSM was my cure. It still took 2 and 1/2 years before my liver tests showed that my liver was healthy again. Never the less I am so thankful for MSM. I’ll never forget my mother always said “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”.

    • Shawn
      22 Apr 2013, 4:11 pm

      What an incredible story, Jan. Thank you for sharing that!

      • josephine higgins
        14 Dec 2014, 3:43 am

        I was excited and interested to find out the benefits of msm powder , I am seriously thinking about taking it , I’ve nevet actually heard about untill now ….. it sounds like its all I need for general good health. but I need to ask what is the best way to take it …how much of it will I need to take per day and how long before I see and feel a difference . ?

      • Kimberly
        6 Sep 2017, 4:01 am

        I read about MSM years ago and a seldomly discussed benefit is in lessening the histamine response. I tested it on my severe allergy to cats…and it worked like a miracle after several weeks of 2 to 3 TBS pharmaceutical grade crystaline MSM per day.

  • cindy
    28 Apr 2013, 9:41 pm

    I just started taking msm its been about four days now and i noticed i have more energy, my skin texture is getting better, and it helped me w my constipation…i love this supplement nothing worked better or faster than this product..i recommend it to everyone.

    • Shawn
      29 Apr 2013, 5:17 pm

      That’s awesome news, Cindy. Thanks for sharing that!

  • Scott
    10 May 2013, 5:39 pm

    you recommend 24000 to 36000 grams (2-3 tbsp) per day? I just recently started taking it again and have used 1/4 tsp once or twice a day (1000 to 2000 grams).. so it sounds like i’m not getting anything out of it.. should we really take 2 to 3 tbsp?

  • Scott
    10 May 2013, 5:41 pm

    edit*- sorry in my last post i meant 24000mg to 36000mg not grams! 😡

    • Shawn
      11 May 2013, 12:35 pm

      Hey Scott, to see some really noticeable effects, that’s what it takes in many instances. MSM has a very low toxicity level (about the same toxicity level as water!), so having too much is not really an issue (unless you do 24,000 grams lol). And also, it depends on what your issue/goal is. If you post what you’re using it for, I’ll be glad to share the ideal amount and some other things to utilize in conjunction with it.

  • Theresa McRoberts
    16 May 2013, 6:51 pm

    2 years ago I was diagnosed with Grave’s Disease (auto-immune hyperthyroid disorder). I was given 2 options by my HMO: radioactive destruction of a perfectly good thyroid gland (the thyroid was fine, was just being attacked by antibodies causing it to overfunction) or immunosuppressant drugs with a plethora of frightening side effects. I declined both, started MSM and within 2 MONTHS was in full remission and have been there ever since. No drugs no radiation and I feel like a million bucks, healthier at 52 than I have ever been. Thank you thank you thank you from the bottom of my strong and active heart! 🙂

    • Shawn
      21 May 2013, 6:46 pm

      Theresa, thank YOU for having the courage to take action for yourself in such a tough situation. You should be immensely proud.
      If you need anything else along the way, make sure to let me know.

      • zul
        21 Jul 2013, 3:44 pm

        dear sir
        kindly advice, my mother is on medication for hypertension,heart disease, high cholestrol and water retention. Is MSM safe because she has very severe knee pains.
        thank you

    • sara
      8 Sep 2015, 4:31 pm

      Hi shawn.i have been taking msm for a few days n notice a great difference i energy n skin health.i also have thyroid disease n its hypo.i ke 4000 milligrams in divided dosages.n its helping.i truly would suggest this suplement to any one

  • Pam Stansell
    29 Jul 2013, 7:48 pm

    I am allergic to antibiotics that are made wuth sulphur, would this product have the same reactions?

  • Traci
    21 Aug 2013, 5:15 pm

    Hi Shawn,
    i’ve been taking MSM in capsule form-1000mg and i’ve been taking one per day. Should i increase my dosage?. i have bad asthma and allergies

  • Donald Esper
    25 Aug 2013, 3:21 pm

    My dog has a bad hip and has trouble getting up and she tends to limp occasionally. Can she take msm to help her?

  • isabel
    29 Sep 2013, 10:57 am

    Hi Shawn
    Am soooo glad i came across ur site. I bought msm capsules that had magnesium stearate so am definately not taking it but i was also wondering whether i can cut open the capsule and eat only the powder inside(if the mag stearate is in the capsule cover itself) How many mg is enough for targetting acne pigmentation marks ?

    • Shawn
      1 Oct 2013, 10:56 pm

      Hi Isabel, I’m glad you found me too :). Yes, you can open the caps and pour the contents into water. The mag stearate, however could be a part of the capsule and/or the powder itself.

      My recommendation is to not worry about it too much now. Use what you have and then get a good MSM powder free of binders and fillers next time. Just follow the recommendation for dosage in the article above, and consider getting some high quality skin care with MSM to use topically as well.

      • 1 Jan 2018, 7:27 pm

        A few years ago, a friend of mine showed me that u can dump out 6 or 7 capsules, put 2-4 drops of water, microwave it for ten seconds and the matter crystalizes and was used for cut in meth….and am wondering if the same benefits apply if consumed via smoking, snorting or intravenously after the microwaved crystalization … For educational purposes. Thank you and God bless you

  • Dawn
    3 Oct 2013, 3:07 pm


    Can you let me know how much MSM to take for Melasma caused by candida?

  • Pam Alvarado
    10 Oct 2013, 4:25 pm

    I have recently been diagnosed with costochondritis and am in severe pain. It’s debilitating. I would like to take msm but have also been recently diagnosed with gastritis. Taking capsules is not an option. Do you recommend msm creams?

  • Jamie
    30 Oct 2013, 3:10 am

    Great information, thank you for sharing! I ordered the OptiMSM you have linked here, and began taking it about 5 days ago. I started with 1/2 tsp a day with a little camu camu powder in water. I know its only been a few days but something I have noticed is that my eyes feel heavy, are a bit red, and the eye muscles feel like they are twitching. I am wondering if this could be related to MSM? Has anyone else experienced something similar or Shawn have you heard of such effects?

  • do n
    12 Nov 2013, 9:34 am

    ok…. i got on MSM called PURELIFE that comes from Abbotsford B.C. this is packaged for horses. i take 1 tsp twice a day and in 2 weeks my libido came back which i lost 2yrs ago. i am 72 and have diabetes. so i am expecting my back and foot problems to clear up also. i must say i was shocked as i was never looking for these kind of results.

  • Steve Grice
    8 Dec 2013, 7:04 am

    Hi Shawn,

    I have really stiff joints every morning and have been taking glucosamine sulphate and krill oil which has really made quite a difference, but after taking this for 3 weeks I have really severe gas bloating and pain. I stopped taking both and have all the stiffness back, and have been reading about msm powder and want to try it, but Im wondering if this will have the same effect with the gas and bloating. Could you please advise me on what doseage I should start at.

  • 16 Dec 2013, 11:11 am

    I have had already 3 joint replacement right+left hip and left knee
    my right knee is also in a bad condition.
    At the moment I am having Tendonitis in my right leg and can not lift
    my leg properly.
    I need to know if I can take MSM being on Warfrin.
    I have to take this because of Protein S deficiency.

  • Sonia Miller
    28 Dec 2013, 5:32 pm

    Easy to read and very thorough.

  • Erna
    17 Jan 2014, 8:10 am

    HI Shawn

    My sister had Steven Johnson Syndrome and it then got worse and now she suffers from Bullous pemphigoid. She has been sick for 6 years and it looks like she is currently in remission. She is extremely allergic to Sulpha. Would she be able to use MSM?

  • 27 Jan 2014, 12:50 am

    I have been taking msm for 3 months now and id like to know why is it when I miss a dose why do I get cramps.

  • Alvin Glover Sr.
    6 Feb 2014, 2:36 am

    Thanks for all of the positive response on msm, I am truly thankful for the Praise Report on the blessing others are getting from their use of the product, God bless, Alvin!!!

  • holly blossom
    10 Mar 2014, 10:54 am

    hi! i am wondering how much to start on, i am 34, i STILL get acne, i was on corticosteroids from baby hood to 18 years old, and I’ve started getting rashes and eczema lately even eating a predominantly raw diet with fermented foods, and therapeutic essential oils 🙂 i have ordered kilo of organic MSM and want to know how to optimise it! can’t wait to start!
    thank you!

    • Shawn
      11 Mar 2014, 7:53 pm

      Hi Holly, thanks so much for the question, and I’m glad to see you’re doing so much better to get your health where you want it to be. Being on medication that long is going to have a very harsh impact on your gut, nervous system, and endocrine system. Eczema is an autoimmune condition that can be reversed. But it starts with healing your gut first. This is where the majority of your immune system is located and the #1 place to focus. Check out this episode to see all the things that can be potential triggers (even though it’s likely you’re not coming across these with a high raw diet, but it’s best to be certain). – Avoid These 8 Foods At All Cost!

      As for the MSM, start with a teaspoon for a few days, then bump it up gradually from there. I’d say go by half tsp increments. All should be well, and I’ve seen people do up to 3 tbsp and having seen any negative reactions.

      Take care and keep me posted.

  • Gregory Roderique Roberts
    9 May 2014, 5:24 am

    What can I say about MSM that has not already been said. I discovered MSM while looking for headache tablets in a supermarket chemist about two weeks ago and I am already noticing a shrinking tummy size and all the marvelous things it does to my skin and digestion not to mention the calming effect of MSM. And I am experiencing the itch but unlike the learned suggestion that one should decrease the dose I actually think it is the body’s way of crying out for MORE MSM together with vitamin c and lots of filtered water. Turning 50 is the healthiest age I’ve ever been and it is opening the door to a healthy future.

  • Hani
    29 May 2014, 3:06 am

    Dear Shawn,
    I am allergic to sulphur group of drugs, iam really keento start MSM,can you please advice. Tq

  • rosemary o'loughlin
    31 May 2014, 2:54 pm

    Shawn ,your life story has rekindled my flame for wellness through nutrition and mental attitude.
    Thank you

    • Shawn
      31 May 2014, 5:18 pm

      Thank YOU Rosemary! Honored to be a part of your mission :). I promise to keep the encouragement and strategies coming!

  • rosemary o'loughlin
    31 May 2014, 2:58 pm

    Shawn . your life story is amazing and very encouraging.

  • bekere
    3 Jul 2014, 2:37 am

    i love all u do.keep it up.

    • Shawn
      3 Jul 2014, 5:26 pm

      Thank you!!!

  • Rose Mayo
    25 Jul 2014, 9:45 pm

    I have been taking MSM since July 22, 1996, I remember that date because that is the last day that I experienced arthritic pain in my right hip. No only has it decreased my pain, but it also keeps my bowels regulated (sorry, I know we just met) and my immune system up – haven’t had a serious cold or flu. One of the side effects, decreased snoring – oh, boo-hoo! Haven’t noticed any other side-effects. Cheap, holistic, no side effects, works!

    • Cathy
      28 Oct 2015, 11:56 pm

      Rose I have been taking MSM since 1991..it’s one vitamin I never miss. I haven’t had a cold or flu in over 30 years..I think you are right ..it’s the MSM! I also got rid of my pollen and cat allergies, which were SEVERE with MSM. It helps so much with joint pain too. It also makes hair grow, skin softer and vision better. Several things not mentioned here is that since MSM makes cell walls more permeable, all your supplements absorb better if taken with MSM. Also very important NOT to take at night because it gives energy and will keep you awake. Last, to get the best benefits from MSM, always take Vitamin C with it. 2:1 ratio…example 4000 mg msm, 2000 mg vitamin c….thx everyone for sharing.. I am a believer in this miracle supplement.

  • CC
    25 Sep 2014, 4:55 pm

    Starting using MSM flakes one week ago and its use has reduced my pain by over 80% and my edema 100%! I cannot believe it! It almost seems too good to be true but, it’s not! I was living a life on pain killers (that were not working) and there were even times when I felt as though I wanted to take my life due to the constant state of pain that I was living in. I can pretty much say, thanks to my best friend recommending MSM, she and it virtually have saved my life! I’m finally happy and nearly PAIN FREE!!!

  • Jenelle
    7 Oct 2014, 1:33 pm

    I have wanted to try MSM. I do have some joint issues but also have heard it is wonderful for post menopausal women with skin, hair loss, and nails. I also read somewhere there is a difference processing. Not to get crystallization. Any thoughts on that?

  • Reshma
    14 Nov 2014, 4:03 pm

    Hello, for 2 years now, am suffering from skin condition. My face is covered with dark patches. It all started on my nose and gradually spread all over the face. I used to have a fair complexion in the past. Pigmanorm cream given to my by the hospital made my skin worst.
    Will MSM help in getting a clear skin without dark patches ?
    Kindly advise. Thank you.

    • Shawn
      16 Nov 2014, 12:57 am

      Reshma, thank you so much for the question. And thank you even more for sharing a bit of your struggle with me. You ABSOLUTELY can do some things to radically shift the complexion and health of your skin. MSM would be a small piece of the puzzle, but you need to heal your skin from the inside out. Follow this: https://themodelhealthshow.com/improve-your-skin-naturally/

  • Deepak
    29 Nov 2014, 7:32 am

    I had a hair transplant 20 days ago but the whole area is hyperpigmented and very dark (blakish+ purplish brown) I feel that skin like a second layer of skin. The doc says its partly a scar tissue and partly hyperpigmentation. Would MSM help me in this? Im already using Alevera fresh pulp on it. But no improvement in color so far. I can’t use any other chemical peel or bleech since there’s new hair follicles there. Please help me in this. Im desperate. 🙁

    • elvia
      17 Apr 2017, 5:34 pm

      I hurt my finger while working, it was in a lot of pain and i could not move it but i went to the naturaleza and nutricion center and they recommended it to me, i took it in pills and the pain was completly gone the third day and i was able to move my finger again like if nothing had happened.

  • anayat
    26 Dec 2014, 11:12 am

    I am male age 33 I am suffered by pigmentation from last five years I consult lot doctors .IPL leaser but no change please sir give good suggestion. And I also piles and back problem disc.thanks

  • Emily Kennedy
    30 Dec 2014, 11:39 am

    Hi!! I’m interested in taking the msm. I have RA that is in a horrible flare and have heard wonderful things about it. I’m currently breastfeeding and wanted to know if it’s safe to take and where to order from! Thanks

    • Shawn
      17 Mar 2015, 1:56 pm

      Emily, tremendous admiration for you. Yes, it’s safe to take while breastfeeding. There’s a link to one of my preferred sources above.

    31 Dec 2014, 4:37 am

    Hi Shawn,
    I’m 52, got severe eczema about a year ago, tried coconut oil, pycogenol, vit c but nothing much has changed.. I have just bought MSM powder and look forward to start on it today. I have strong weakness for coffee, oats and bread. I have also bought MSM cream to apply. I just hope to see improvements soon.. Life has not been the same since eczema struck me. Thanks!

    • Emma
      23 Jul 2017, 1:18 pm

      Responding to halim. I too have those exact cravings. Oats coffee bread. Never met anyone else with those exact 3.

  • Lucial
    4 Jan 2015, 11:44 am

    Can MSM work on MS patient?

  • Mary
    8 Jan 2015, 2:28 am

    Can fresh squeezed limes be used with msm powder

  • valma
    2 Feb 2015, 6:30 am


  • jeanette
    14 Feb 2015, 5:17 pm

    I suffer IBS and Diverticular disease,i read that MSM can help with these problems do you have any advice regarding this,I started taking msm caplets a few weeks ago but have now sent for the powder.Thanks.

  • Stephanie
    16 Feb 2015, 11:48 pm

    I’m 30 years old with chronic beck problems & pain. I had my first surgery 5 years ago and need a fusion but worth small kids that hasn’t been an option. After seeing countless doctors (that treat me like I’m a drug addicted) that wouldn’t help or even listen to me I decided it was time to take matters into my own hands & started doing some research. I found MSM flakes & immediately order them. It’s been 2 weeks & so far so good. I can get up & move without pain meds, my hair & nails look & feel amazing and I feel healthier. I even bought my mom some, she has fibermilaga (spelled wrong) chronic back & knee pain. She isn’t taking as much medicine as usual & feels great 2. This is definitely worth trying, I wish I had sooner!

  • Orlando Zambrana
    19 Feb 2015, 6:34 pm

    Mr. Stevenson.
    I just found your site and I have been taking MSM for about two to three weeks. However, I didn’t get the one that you are taking about and I am interested in knowing if Pure MSM Powder from Sunfood Super foods is ok until I am finish with it and start with the one you are talking about or, should I change immediately??? Please, if you have a minute, lead me in the right direction so that I know If mine is ok for now…
    Thank you for your time and cooperation concerning this matter.

    • Shawn
      22 Feb 2015, 6:06 am

      Orlando, the Sunfood brand is just fine. As long as it resonates with your unique metabolism, keep it up!

  • sara
    16 Mar 2015, 10:39 pm

    I have been talking msm for a month now.am feeling better n got more energy.i take 3000mg in dived dosages.i have had edema before as well as hypothyroid.for yrs i took synthetic.my neck was swollen on the sides.i do see a change on my neck n as well as lost weight on my upper body.i will keep tking m as m cuz its really helped me.i also had excessive sweating.heat exhaution.would msge m help.

    • Shawn
      17 Mar 2015, 1:53 pm

      Sara, that’s wonderful that you’re seeing all of those benefits. I’m truly happy for you! The reality is, shoring up your nutrient deficiencies will help alleviate a lot of symptoms, but you need to make sure that your overall nutrition and lifestyle are up to par as well. Tons of info and free resources for you in my show archives: https://themodelhealthshow.com/podcasts/

  • julie
    22 Mar 2015, 3:56 am

    Hello Shawn, Just stumbled upon MSM. My teenage son has a host of problems chronic daily migraine headaches, fatty liver disease, high bp, autistic, etc. he has a hard time with tastes and textures. Are MSM capsules or pills okay or do I need to increase the dose due to absorption issues related to capsules? Also, does MSM help Parkinson’s disease or MS at all? Thanks Shawn!

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  • Betty a perry
    6 Apr 2015, 10:46 am

    I am 77 and I do yoga. My yoga teacher feels that as we get older we need MSM. Do you agree that older people should be taking this also.

  • Dogonjon
    10 May 2015, 2:56 pm

    My orthopedic surgeon mentioned MSM to me when I began developing arthritis in my right shoulder following surgery two years earlier. I researched it to find my mom worked for the patent holder in the 60’s. I started taking it in pills then discovered Bio Alternatives bulk MSM powder. I get 3lbs for about $35. It’s pure, crystaline and dissolves rapidly in water. I began in 2005, my doctor said the arthritis would never go away completely but since then I never notice it. Other conditions are effectd by it, carpel tunnel, tendonitis, knee join pain, headaches all are reduced to non impacting easily ignored levels. I take 10-15 gr/day. I’ve taken up to 25 gr/day. I plan to continue just to see how it goes long term. Interestingly I have not had a cold since 2005 and when I feel symptoms coming on I gargle MSM and water and the symptoms, sore throat, PND, sneezing vanish. When used as an elixer with Marijuana the pharmaceutical companies will be apalled at the efficacy of both substances used in tandem for a wide tange of conditions and quality of life improvements for a number of chronic debilating, painful conditions that resist treatment by drugs that have severe side affects.

  • Debbie Hall
    15 May 2015, 9:04 pm

    How often and how much msm should be taken to detox poisons/ heavy metals?

  • Michael Bradley
    21 May 2015, 12:57 pm

    Thank You Shawn For this Information. Can’t Wait To try it. I’ll let you know How it works On Me. I need it for Joint and weight Lost. Thanks Again.

    • Shawn
      22 May 2015, 10:37 am

      It’s my honor, Michael, thank you!

      • Eliabeth
        3 Jun 2015, 12:09 pm

        Hi shawn, first of all thank you for an amazing site, My name is Elzabeth, I am a health conscious type since I was diagnose with H.B.P. I have been searching on internet to find natural cure, it is impossible . I have tried different things ,for egg fish oil, garlic pils, oils and vitamins . They have an affect of lowering it a bit.
        I am tired of using medication , I have tried different High Blood medication but it does not work for me , the side effect is a lot . Do you know or have an idea if using SMS will have any positive affect . Please help . thanks and looking forward for your reply.

      • Nikki
        3 Jun 2015, 7:38 pm

        Does MSM help with neuropathy pain(numbness and tingling in legs)? Burning and pins and needles sensation in feet? Also, will MSM help with osteoarthritis?

  • Mark Cooper
    9 Jun 2015, 5:18 pm

    Excellent article Shawn and wonderful conversation going on here re. MSM. I just wanted to give my experience with MSM as well. I am a 46 year old male with moderate/severe Rheumatoid Arthritis and 4 tablespoons of MSM per day is my magic number. I divide the tablespoons out during the day and quit taking it around 4pm or so as to not mess up my sleeping patterns (I try to turn in around 9pm so I can be in a deep sleep around 10pm). I take a whole food vitamin C with each dose of MSM as well. If I let the MSM slip……Trust me…I know it…..My energy decreases and the pain is increased. So…..It works….For me. I hope it will for you too. BTW. I eat an 85% raw vegan diet with my cooked being ancient grains. I take zero drugs…..zero and am healing. It truly is possible. For anybody reading this who has RA…There is hope. It does take a radical lifestyle change though. God bless you all. Mark Cooper

  • Diane
    11 Jun 2015, 3:27 pm

    I read all the comments on the msn sounds really good, I also use it but not regularly only when I haven’t some stoMach issues, but since I hit age 40 I beginning to have other issues like low energy, and otherdiscomforting feelings in my body, but i am a very slim person, question to Shawn taken msn regular would make you lose more weight, also have a bad break out of lota marks on my skin, can the msn powider help my skin? please can you reply back to my questions. Thank you so much

  • Jay
    12 Jun 2015, 1:09 am

    Me and my wife are going to start taking MSM but we also take one a day mens pro active and one a day women’s vitamin pill should we keep taking these as we are going to start takeing MSM as while

  • Jerry
    18 Jun 2015, 1:58 pm

    Hi! If I am allergic to sulfate in some antibiotics, should I be concerned about the sulfur in this product?


    • Shawn
      19 Jun 2015, 5:33 am

      Hi Jerry, the vast majority of individuals with a sulfate allergy don’t have any negative response to MSM. I’d still test a tiny amount before going on a full protocol with MSM.

      Hope that helps!

    • Kath
      5 Jan 2016, 7:37 pm

      The sulphur in MSM is a naturally occurring sulphur. The types of sulphur that people are allergic to are sulfites in preservatives, and sulphonimides in some antibiotics. I doubt if anyone is allergic to the sulphur in MSM as it is found naturally in our bodies and many foods. You can mix in water and tastes like quinine or tonic water, not pleasant but ok. Don’t be too concerned with measuring doses a heaped teaspoon twice a day is a good amount.

  • sandra
    20 Jun 2015, 10:10 pm

    I would like know if m s m could aid keeping normal BP with in normal range Thank you.

  • sharon
    22 Jun 2015, 7:43 am


  • Norma
    2 Jul 2015, 10:53 pm

    I know the wonderful benefits of taking MSM and I do take it on and off but not regularly like I know I should because when I take it I always feel better. I have given it to my teenage daughter several times and she complained that after taking it for a few days it makes the bones in her legs hurt. When she stop the MSM the pain goes a way. I usually give her about a teaspoon a day. Any thoughts as to why this happens.

  • 5 Jul 2015, 2:59 pm

    Hi I am suffering with melasma for a couple of years. About a week ago I started taking msm powder 1spoon everyday after breakfast but I haven’t noticed any changes am I taking too little?should I increase the amount?

  • Janets
    7 Jul 2015, 10:15 am

    Hi,shawan im so excited about learning the benefits of MSM,,i have being struggling with chronic back pains for quite many years, im going to give it a try,,thanks a bunch

  • aronsha
    8 Jul 2015, 8:21 am

    Hi Shawn. My 18 year old son hair is thinning in the front. He has always had really thick and beautiful hair. It appeared to be inflamed some months ago but immediately went away leaving dry scalp. It is now thinning. He eats sauces with EVERYTHING. Could it be his diet? What do you recommend? It’s really bothering him. Is the MSM powder good for this?

  • Summar
    24 Jul 2015, 1:42 pm

    Hi Shawn! Thanks for all the great info! I’m currently taking collagen supplements and have noticed great results in my hair & nails. However, I still have joint & back pain. Can I take msm while taking my collagen supplements? Please advise…

  • Joan Hobday
    29 Jul 2015, 8:49 am

    Hi I have purchased MSM in tablet form. Will this be as effective as the powder?

  • Sara
    8 Aug 2015, 2:54 pm

    I have bursitis, osteoarthritis, and tendentious in my right hip area due to a fractured femur 2 years ago. I just started taking MSM for pain hoping to get some relief. What dosage do you recommend. I cannot take any NSAID as they cause serious side effects. I desperately need some relief from the pain I’m experiencing.

  • Joe Drnec
    14 Aug 2015, 1:44 am

    Hello everyone , just wanted to say how much MSM has helped me. I have been suffering from chronic Gastroparesis caused by a pinched vagus nerve that basically got mangled between masses of twisted muscular scar tissue from severe neck muscular tears. And I basically lived the last 18 years in excruciating pain unable to eat or go to the bathroom regularly , and thinking each day would be my last, but I began taking opti MSM from Kala Health (bergstrom nutraceuticals) available on Amazon . My first week taking it I got sick , (cold) I was told this was from my body detoxifying so I hung in there, and within two weeks my pain and stiffness levels were down by 70% I could actually get out of bed, and I began doing yoga, little by little (healing long pose yoga) and eventually could touch my toes! And I noticed the muscles which were all hard as rock began releasing , little by little, and my digestion started coming back !. It is still on and off, as there is an inflammation cycle associated with coaxing hardened scarred and calcified muscle tissue back to life, (when your body begins noticing the muscles are part of it again it releases prostaglandins) and you have to eat an anti inflammatory diet to help abate the inflammation , the same inflammatory process that kept them stuck in a hyper contrActed state , so it’s all about teaching the muscles to relax over and over with massage, and gentle yoga, good diet, and MSM virtually saved my life.

  • lOU
    29 Aug 2015, 2:34 am

    I would like to try msm for stronger muscles ligaments and tendons, because I strain due to age, but I do not want to lose any weight I welcome your comments

  • 28 Sep 2015, 9:50 pm

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  • Seth
    3 Oct 2015, 12:29 pm

    Its surprising you recommend a tablespoon or more.

    ive been taking it for about four months and had to start at 2 grams twice a day. i started feeling better after a week or so.
    but now if i take more than 6 grams my eyes get tired and dry.
    So I dont know if im still having detox symptoms or if its just a normal reaction to too much MSM..

    i weigh like 145 pounds and im pretty skinny. what would you recommend?

    • Cathy
      28 Oct 2015, 11:59 pm

      Seth be sure to take vitamin c with it. Should resolve issues. For 4 grams msm, take 2 grams vitamin c.

  • Patty Melt
    12 Oct 2015, 7:36 pm

    can I take MSM with maca root? Is it 2 much meds? I have arthritis real baaaaad. My doc perscrib dicflonec scarrrrry drug, I refuse 2 take it, also on deppression meds Zoloft. I’m not a med fanatic onl

  • Rita Zahnow
    23 Oct 2015, 5:43 pm

    Hi I’m keen to take MSM but am on long term blood thinners since my surgery for Primary Peritoneal Cancer. I am very interested in any ideas of how to incorporate this miracle supplement into my regime. They say to add it in the bath water so am going to do this but was wondering if I will still get the same benefits and if so how many baths will I need to do. Would love to be a remission story in my cancer journey Thanks Rita

  • Shena
    12 Nov 2015, 9:59 am

    Hi! My son was was assaulted and now has no feeling from the waiste down. Either his spine is in shock or the bullet effected his nerve in his spinal cord. Would MSM help to regenerate his Spine cells?

  • Bob
    12 Nov 2015, 11:58 am

    I’ve been taking MSM for 18 months. Benefits: stopped the flashing in corners of both eyes, nails and hair stronger and grows quicker, less joint pain, more energy, I simply feel better, less anxiety and better mood, much better bowl movements, sleep better. I have never experienced a single supplement with all the benefits. Another thing I’ve experimented with MSM (been off it and back on it) I’m staying on it. I take two 1000 MG daily (some days three). Bob K.

  • Isabella
    13 Nov 2015, 2:00 pm

    Hi I have Hypothyroidism from Hashimoto and one of your commentators said that MSM regulated an over active thyroid. If I take will I be lowering my thyroid function even more?
    thank you for your info very grateful I found this site

  • Sara
    10 Dec 2015, 1:49 am

    Hi, so I was wondering, you said to take it with vitamin c? Would it be fine to add vitamin c powder to the same glass as the msm? I’m really looking forward to trying this product I just want to make sure I’m doing it right, thanks!

  • annalisa o'sullivan
    19 Dec 2015, 11:05 pm

    Hi. I’m very interested in taking MSM but very concerned too. I am on quite a few medications. I have Ehlers-Danlos and RA which causes me quite a bit of pain so I am on a regimine of narcotic pain management. I also have chronic migraines and take Topamax 5x a day, I also have thyroid disease and take Levothyroxin and then there’s the gastroparisis and I take Noritryptilyn and xanax and zoloft. I have lost 47lbs in the last 5 months from the gastroparisis and now weigh 107lbs and am 5ft 9in tall. I literally have no energy. I’m 39 yrs old and a busy mom of teenage boys and I work fulltime so I really don’t have time to be sick, in pain and tired. Do you think MSM is something that would help or that I can take with everything else I’m on.

  • 25 Dec 2015, 10:53 am

    Can I take MSM and magnesium together?

  • mack
    26 Dec 2015, 10:36 am

    i just ordered my first msm from a canadian website, claims to be pure. thought i would try the one pound first and then go to bulk if satisfied. seems to be a bit cheaper then amazon. if you want to check it out here it is.

  • 29 Dec 2015, 4:57 pm

    I have been taking 3 capsules a day for the last 3 months.I feel it’s not helping me still constipated. Still tierd. ..am I not taking enough?

  • Diana
    12 Jan 2016, 6:37 am

    I have just ordered MSM after reading your site. I have polymyalgia, did not want to take the steroids the doctor prescribed, so have to deal with the pain all day. Before this, was very active with tennis and golf. Have been slow walking a mile a day to try and stay a little supple, but pretty painful. Will let you know how I get on with MSM in my body!

  • Maree
    14 Jan 2016, 9:03 am

    G’day Shawn, I’m thinking of taking Msm . I suffer with lots of muscle stiffness ,soreness and strains . Also would like something to improve my digestion, constipation and PMS . Will it help the above problems ???
    Does it do anything for sugar and general food cravings ???

  • Lora
    18 Jan 2016, 4:10 am

    Hello Shawn,
    thanks for being this good.
    Is it safe for one with type 2 diabetes to take msm?, especially one that the capsules contain magnesium stearate? I live in Africa, and that’s the only form of sulphur available.

  • Lora
    18 Jan 2016, 4:14 am

    Also, it’s 1000mg dosage, and suggested to take one, three times daily.
    So, if I choose to take like 6 capsules daily, instead of the suggested 3, will I have issues with the magnesium stearate contents? The % of the magnesium stearate wasn’t indicated.

  • shoki Biya
    16 Feb 2016, 10:57 pm

    Hi Shown,
    is it safe for me to take msm, if i have type 2 diabetes ?
    please advice

  • Sinead
    19 Feb 2016, 5:48 pm

    Hi, I have histamine intolerance do you think MSM could help me?


  • Annette
    24 Feb 2016, 4:34 am

    Dear Shawn, thank you for your very helpful website.
    I just ordered MSM powder, mainly to help with constipation and thinning hair. Could you tell me how much powder I should start with?
    Many thanks!

  • Omar
    10 Mar 2016, 1:52 pm

    I’m taking 1000mg of msm capsules from Walmart for about a week I wanted to know how much should i take for thicker hair I have thinning hair idk why I’ve read that msm should help how much should I take is powder supplement and what info do u have for hair growth thanks for the info on your website

  • Shawn
    10 Mar 2016, 10:36 pm

    msm is good + vitamin C

  • mireille
    1 Apr 2016, 4:05 pm

    If any one can answer that question for me it would be great thank you so much my husband has glaucoma eye pressure is high can msm works none of the medications is taking works

  • Angeline
    16 Aug 2016, 5:05 pm

    I suffer with the occasional cold sore. Unfortunately when I do get one, it’s huge and takes about 2 weeks to heal. Will MSM help? Can I use it externally as well, by making a paste out of it?
    Thank you

  • Andrew
    11 Nov 2016, 3:46 pm

    I’ve been taking msn now for over one month 1 teaspoon in the morning I’m finding it very hard giving me upset stomach and headache I have type 2 diabetes and I’m on medication for that do I increase the dosage are do I put it down or do I stop taking it all together I’d like to hear your feedback thank you

  • Renee
    15 Nov 2016, 5:41 pm

    Does MSM help ease Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) ? Also, can the supplement help asthmatics?

  • Maya Nabi
    20 Nov 2016, 10:02 am

    I also attest to the healing effects of MSM. I take one table spoon with juice and mix powdered vit. C with it, i noticed huge improve in my performance at the gym and also joint flexibility, I have also noticed my skin is more soft and more clear. I initially took MSM because I was feeling sluggish during the day and I was reading that it might be due to inflammation in the body. My only problem with MSM which makes me take it sporadically is that it is super bitter even with juice, i don’t look forward to take it to be honest unless I am going to the gym which is a must to be able to push hard. It truly is a miracle. oh, of course i tried the pill form, it is easier but not cost effective. Thank you.

  • mary
    30 Nov 2016, 4:32 am

    No alchohol while taking it I gather.

  • Morwadi
    30 Nov 2016, 8:28 am

    I have upper backache for about 2 years will msm capsules help me

  • Caroline Grant
    29 Dec 2016, 12:25 am

    Hi Shawn, A dear friend of mine has parkinson’s disease and has now developed scoliosis. From what I have read in the comments above, I suspect that MSM may be beneficial for her. Am I correct about this?
    Thanks, Caroline

  • Brooke
    1 Jan 2017, 8:28 am

    My husband has stage four osteosarcoma. We ordered some msm and want him to start taking it as part of his therapy. He is having a surgery on his leg next week, followed by chemo. We are wondering if he should wait until after to take the msm. Will it thin his blood? And can he take it with morphine?

  • Billy
    6 Jan 2017, 5:43 pm

    I’ve been on this 2006 to 2009,,and since then they took off the shelves,,I’m so glad I seen this now I will start ordering this product,,I recommend this product,,it’s so good for,everything they say on here it’s very true..thank GOD for MSM..

  • Imaan
    12 Jan 2017, 4:38 am

    Is MSM best taken alone OR with Vitamin C?
    Also, I am a female of 46 years, I do not take supplements as i prefer to get through foods. What brand supplements would you suggest taking at this age?

  • hazel pottle
    15 Jan 2017, 2:43 am

    Hi can you tell me if msm will help with anal stenosis. Thanks

  • Regina Stevenson
    17 Jan 2017, 8:14 pm

    I will purchase some tomorrow. Is NOW brand a good choice. I will be using it for my stiff shoulder. Thanks in advance

  • Debbie
    18 Jan 2017, 10:35 am

    Try vitamin D3. 2000 to 4000 units a day. Available @ walmart. Works like a charm! I’m back to not worrying about arginine foods. I started vit D for other reasons, but a side effect is no more breakouts.

  • thandi
    18 Jan 2017, 10:58 am

    Hi thank you for the information. Just one question . I’ve got RA and been taking MSM for about 8 months and it has been helping my stiffness tremendously. But now since a month ago it has not be working as I started feeling more stiff. I’ve bn taking 1 tsp MSM with lemon and bicarbonate of soda as directed by neuropathy Dr. Should I increase the dose? Thank you

  • Barbara
    27 Jan 2017, 1:05 pm

    I am 58 yrs old and still working and I’m still strong no pains ever since I started using these threshold tablets /thanks to them. t

  • Taryn Simpson
    1 Feb 2017, 7:17 am

    If I take MSM do I still have to take calcium tablets (I am 48 years young)?

  • Emma Moore
    3 Feb 2017, 2:28 pm

    Hi Shawn, I started taking msm about a month ago because of sports injuries to my shoulders. I’d spent a fortune on masseurs and acupuncture, and while they helped, I couldn’t go back to my favourite thing – climbing. After two weeks of using msm, my shoulders and arms were almost completely back to normal. In addition, my hair is now noticeably thicker, my eyebrows are twice as thick (this is pretty much even better than anything else!!) I sleep better, have loads of energy and even my eyes look brighter. The only query I have is whether or not msm can cause tinnitus, as this seems to have got a lot worse. It might have nothing to do with msm but I did read forums where other people experienced the same…have you heard of a connection with Tinnitus and msm?

  • kody
    5 Feb 2017, 10:29 pm

    hello Shawn, I am about to pick up 98.2 percent pure msm and work it into my diet and also think that it could help my grandmother whos health is on the frits and is just getting worse, she has non alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver and portal hypertensions and has to have ascites fluid taken out of her abdomen every 3 weeks, and has 5 esophageal bands put in to prevent veins in her esophagus from rupturing due to high pressure of blood because of liver pancreas, and spleen damage. she can hardly anything due to pain /nausea/diarrhea and the”doctors” (who a year ago said that Kaisers doesn’t have much concern for the elderly at the moment, which kept her diagnosis unknown and condition worsening),say alls we can do is watch her blood tests as they will only show progression of the disease, I know there something that’s being overlooked, or possibly something like msm that can help 1 if not more of her problems. someone just has to care enough to look for a solution to a problem, which is what I thought doctors were all about, healthcare is a profession and no longer a practice or passion, but if theres anything you or any1 you know thinks msm might help with her situation or if its NOT good for one of her conditions please let me know, because I was just going to have her start taking msm with me but thought maybe theres something to one of her conditions that would make it harmful instead of helpful and figured you would one to ask. I am forever grateful for just the thought, thank you

    • Shawn
      8 Feb 2017, 3:55 pm

      Kody, I want to thank you first of all for caring so much about your grandmother and asking questions. Sometimes the best thing for us is to simply have someone who cares deeply for us. I’ve seen non-alcoholic liver conditions a time or 200. It’s a natural protective response of the body when it’s being over-burdened by abnormal loads of sugar/carbohydrates. OF COURSE, things can be done to improve her condition, but there’s a lot of foundational things that she needs to learn at her (young) age to help improve the quality of life.

      Because she has multiple issues to address, I would get her in to see a functional medicine doctor or integrative medicine doctor in your area like yesterday. Just do a quick google search and book an appointment. She would do best with a team of people who understand the impact of her nutrition, movement, and lifestyle to “wake up” her higher genetic performance. Wishing you all the best!

  • Joy
    8 Feb 2017, 11:58 am

    I’m 23 female my face is rough and dark, my under eyelids are rough and puffy, my upper eyelid are also dark with visible vain. In conclusion I have laugh lines an I’m loosing my facial fat, it makes me look old, please would msm help?

  • Pam
    10 Feb 2017, 7:20 am

    Good morning Shawn,

    Thank you for the opportunity to put forward questions. I consider myself to be very healthy…raw food vegan for the last 10 years and I am quite active…both gym and yoga. I have been taking MSM for the last week and noticing some very severe emotional detox symptoms…..Is this part of the process? Any insight you may be able to provide would be greatly appreciated

    Kindest Regards,

  • Natasha
    12 Feb 2017, 12:12 pm

    Can you tell me if msm is safe to use in pregnancy.

  • Elle
    13 Feb 2017, 3:08 am

    I take dgl licorice for my gut before meals can i take msm after my meal. Dgl and msm interaction ?
    Or take msm one meal dgl at other meal
    Msm before or after eating best ?
    Thanks so much

  • Elle
    14 Feb 2017, 7:47 am

    Shoukd you take probiotics along with msm for digestion or is msm enough.
    Also does eating yogurt counts as a probiotic or do u need to supplement.

  • Debra Defries
    20 Feb 2017, 9:42 pm

    Is it common to have smelly gas at the begining

  • Leader
    22 Feb 2017, 6:47 am

    Three days ago I watched a video clip, how MSM helping with hairloss issues cause I suffering from alopecia attraction my hairline is completely out, I decided to go buy it today, I bought msm tablets in the local shop. Later I decided to research more on msm then I found this site which is amazing sharing information about msm. I hope this miracle will solve my problem, I tried many promising hair product to no avail rather worsen the condition.

  • Teresa
    23 Feb 2017, 3:48 am

    I have been using the OptiMSM for about one month now, just one gram a day and already I see great improvements in my skin, hair and nails. Plus my arthritis in the knee seems to be so much less painful. I would like to know whether there is a specified time for taking this as I read somewhere that it should be stopped after 31 days but didn’t say how long to stop it for. So could you say whether this is, in fact, true? Thanking you in advance.

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    26 Feb 2017, 7:08 pm


  • kathryn
    26 Feb 2017, 7:39 pm

    Hi Shawn,
    I’m taking MSM (powder from 3g doses) for asthma…. How many times a day can I do this .. and does MSM just alleviate symptoms or does it actually heal the lungs? I had Influenza A a few weeks ago and it has really messed with my breathing. Thank you!
    Also, I know they say check with a doc before breastfeeding while using this.. but if its no more toxic than water.. what would be the possible concerns?

  • Tracie
    28 Feb 2017, 3:56 pm

    Do you have any info on the use of MSM for Perioral Dermatitis? I am already taking ACV each day. Can I take those together or must I stop the ACV to take MSM? Thank you for taking the time to reply. This is an awful, burning, itchy and painful condition. I’ve tried the dermatologist’s MO of antibiotics and steroid creams. I’ve tried Clotrimazole, topical ACV and coconut oil. I’m desperate!

  • Dawn
    8 Mar 2017, 2:36 pm

    I just started today taking MSM. I was tested a low positive for the ANA Screen, IFA and was wondering if it would be useful for that.

  • Marley
    13 Mar 2017, 4:24 pm

    Hi Shawn, I have taken 3000mg of MSM in tablet form for 2 years. I felt nothing…my back and ankle pain didn’t stop, no extra energy, nothing. I give my dogs 1,000mg powdered MSM every day in their food. I ran out of my tablets and decided to throw 1,000mg (1/4t) in my smoothie. 9 hours later my energy was great, a little too much but great. I was up all night and the next day. I waited 2 days and took 1/8 teaspoon (500mg) at 9pm at night, by 6am I was up and running all day. And had a difficult time sleeping that night so I’m thinking of going down to 1/16t (250mg). My questions are…Do you have any idea why it’s taking 9 hours to work in my system? Have you ever heard of anyone starting so low? I do not take in any stimulants…coffee, tea, chocolate or I wouldn’t ever sleep.

  • Rupa
    15 Mar 2017, 11:27 pm

    Hi. Thanks a lot for your work.
    I have been taking Opti- MSM flakes for more than 6 months now for my rheumatoid arthritis. It has helped me quite a bit. I take 1&1/2 tsp in the morning and 1 tsp before lunch with vit C or lemon juice. The best part was that I also experienced a spurt in my hair growth.. it never grew beyond my shoulders before.. However, in the past 2 months, I have been experiencing a lot of hairfall.. Im a 45 year old woman.. I did all my blood tests recently to check for thyroid and vitamin D, Vit B12 as well as a CBC. Everything was within range except for Vit D. I have increased my supplement. However, i do not know if I have a hormonal imbalance since i dont really have any related symptoms like hot flashes etc…
    I take a B complex capsule in the morning and fish oil 1000mg twice a day.. I also take magnesium glycinate. Do you think I should increase my dose of MSM? Please suggest what I could do to stop this hairfall? Thanks!

  • Barbara JONES
    10 Apr 2017, 1:31 pm

    I want to know more about MSM

  • Teresa
    21 Apr 2017, 2:41 pm

    I’m 72 years young back on the days my mother suffer with muscle pain the only relief she fund was MSM , till today I have found that MSM is a miracle.

    • Shawn
      26 Apr 2017, 12:38 pm

      What at great story, Teresa!

  • Sandy Govender
    26 Apr 2017, 7:56 am

    Dear Shawn………….I am a runner and preparing for my 4th Comrades on the 4 June 2017. I am feeling very despondent at the moment cause my last two marathons was a disaster. So much so that I am even thinking of quiting Comrades. I heard about MSM through a friend. I am experiencing severe pains when I run on my calves I cant even walk the pain gets so bad. Please advise if MSM will help me. Does the capsule form work, as most people are taking the powder. I prefer the capsule. Please could you email a response to me as i am desperate to purchase this product. Kind regards, Sandy.

    • Shawn
      26 Apr 2017, 12:48 pm

      Sandy, already completing 3 Comrades is quite an accomplishment! You should be incredibly proud of that! Only a fraction of our population have completed competitions like that. Though, I know that you are probably a lot like me and always looking to what’s next.

      That said, I’ve learned to listen to my body a lot more. MSM could be helpful (pill or powder form), but maybe there’s a deeper signal that your body is trying to convey to you. I definitely don’t want to take away your dancing shoes (aka your running shoes), but I do want you to consider changing up your training. After all of the road work, there could be some overuse injuries/tissue damage that needs so focused healing. Also, muscle imbalances can easily occur if you’re not doing cross-training and lifting weights to keep your various muscle fibers happy. Check out this interview I did with celebrity Strength & Conditioning Coach Craig Ballantyne: https://themodelhealthshow.com/craig-ballantyne/

      And also, definitely check out this topical magnesium. This might be a game-changer for you as well: https://themodelhealthshow.com/ian-clark/

      Just keep moving forward and asking question. There is a happy ending in your story for sure!

  • Mog
    3 May 2017, 10:52 pm

    Hello Shawn,

    Are you aware of MSM affecting women’s hormones? On a website selling herbs, one women wrote that her period stopped when she started taking MSM, and on investigating further she discovered that this had happened to lots of other women. I’ve searched the Web for “MSM and effect on women’s hormones” but haven’t been able to find anything.

  • Nicolette Moore
    4 May 2017, 9:27 am

    Hi! I was given MSM to try from a naturopath, and at the time, it caused me a LOT of issues. The detox was very strong, and I believe it was negatively reacting with amalgam fillings I had at the time. I have since removed all of the mercury from my mouth, and have been doing other things to detox (ionic foot baths, coffee enemas, etc.) and I feel much better now. I think I will attempt MSM again, but just a warning for folks with amalgams, it may be very difficult to cope with MSM until your mercury is removed.

    Thank you Shawn! Great article!

  • Rachel
    4 May 2017, 11:40 am

    I have osteoarthritis of the hip so painful I couldn’t walk well. Funny how this came on ever though I go to the gym for the last 10 years. Anyway, I took MSN 500 mgs and Celadrin in pill form and in 4 days the pain was gone, but I felt chronic fatigue. IS there fatigue side effects with the powder. I am wondering if I should try the powder. The manufacturer advised stopping for a few days, increasing water and fiber and then resume slowly building up for 1 week. Just wondering if powder is better. Manufacturer is NOW.

  • Dawn
    9 May 2017, 12:46 pm

    I knew it. Thanks for clarity! I have used this on my horse and have seen a huge difference

  • Irene
    23 May 2017, 4:43 pm

    Hi Shawn,
    I hope that you might be able to help me. I am 56 years old. I have been suffering from De Quervain’s tendonitis in my right hand/wrist since last December. It has not gone away, I have horrible inflammation in the wrist sheath and also in my hand and it is there everyday and night, some days it is a tiny bit less but not much as it comes right back. Also have a lot of burning pain in the base of my right thumb, notice it mainly when I extend my fingers in the shower. I have not gotten cortisone shots. I have tried everything I can think of – ice, heat, essential oils, copper bracelets, castor oil packs, infrared light, massage, bromelain, serrapeptase, and a few other things I can’t remember as I’ve done so many. None of these have really helped. I just started taking cherry juice concentrate and Borax which really helped pain I was having in my right shoulder. Someone told me that De Quervain’s is due to tendons being too tight and most likely a mineral and or nutrient deficiency (specifically magnesium, Vitamin D3, B6, B12, protein), suggesting high dose magnesium and vitamin D3, B6, high dose B12. I have not seen a reduction in the inflammation or pain of the De Quervain’s since I’ve been taking these. He said to do intensive ice dipping (putting your arm in ice over your elbow) and massage. I did the ice dipping for 34 days not seeing much relief and I am still taking all of the supplements but I have backed off the vitamin D3 as I have read some really bad things about high doses and then I read high doses are safe, I don’t know what information is correct. A few months ago I started getting pain in my left thumb in the first joint that has now turned into trigger finger. Started taking high dose Vita Fend brand of glucosamine chondroitin msm which helps the trigger finger but does nothing for the De Quervain’s. I just received my order of Pure Encapsulations MSM powder, the container says OptiMSM and started at 1/4 teaspoon, I have to go slow as I am sensitive to a lot of things. You recommend Kala Health brand, should I order that one and take that one instead? Do you think the MSM will help eliminate the inflammation? I am really frustrated and feel that I just have to live with the pain for the rest of my life. I do not want to do cortisone shots but I am starting to rethink that as the inflammation is incredibly stubborn.

    Thank you.

  • Sue
    6 Jun 2017, 7:22 am

    Dear Shawn,
    I was suffering from terrible back pains yesterday, and I bought MSM tablets,
    I took 2 this morning, I was advised that I shouldn’t take at night, cos it will keep me awake. is this true, how many times a day much I take it

  • Rachel
    13 Jun 2017, 9:01 pm

    Hi Shawn, I was recently admitted into the hospital for critically low platelets and was diagnosed with ITP. I was put on steroids and tapered off for a period of one month. Unfortunately, my platelets have now dropped. Do you think MSM will help? I’m nervous about trying for fear of making things worse.

  • Anne
    15 Jun 2017, 3:18 pm

    The supplement seems to fit most of my issues: severe allergies, dry skin, peeling lips, hair loss, and loss of energy and skin elasticity. I will try this carefully.
    This site correctly links excess weight with inflamation, but only certain types. After inflammation happens (I’ve had Lupus), as much as 5 pounds can suddenly appear! However, prolonged weight gain is usually the result of something relating to fat cells, and not necessarily inflamation (it can be mere over eating). Sometimes people gain weight due to fluid retention related to completely different processes too, like problems with the kidneys.

    21 Jun 2017, 9:15 am

    I am a 70 yr old male with Diabetes 2. Is this product going to help me feel better
    when doing my daily long walks ?

  • Liton mandal
    24 Jun 2017, 5:48 am

    Hi Shawn sir,I am liton mandal and I am suffering from rheumatic arthritis since last 5 year .pain due to arthritis moves from one hand to another hand and as well as one knee to another in joint mainly..Can I take msm tablet and let me know will it work ? Please sir tell me…

  • Jody
    27 Jun 2017, 12:03 pm

    My husband has diabetes and neuropathy in his legs will msm help him

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  • Tom Lair
    28 Jun 2017, 10:15 pm

    I am 59 years old and I take supplements to increase my energy when I workout. Some of these are yohimbe bark, ephedra, and plant sources of caffeine. I noticed that MSM increases the stimulating effect of some of these herbs. One gram of MSM will greatly increase the effects of yohimbe to an almost uncomfortable level. Has anyone else noticed this?

  • Frederica
    18 Jul 2017, 5:33 pm

    Hi all
    I’m so happy reading all of your posts. This makes me kinda excited trying out something new. Half a year ago I was diagnosed with psoriaris arthritis.. and I just turned twenty. I tried really hard medicaments like methotrexate and sulfasalazine which make me really sick and gave me headaches like my head was exploding.. two weeks ago i arrived in Australia for my study abroad semester. I met someone who is really into MSM and I started a research. Do you think MSM will Relief my pain in my hands so I can start writing with no pain again and be a good student as I have been before ? Or even try surfing and put some weight on my hands again? I would be very grateful for your recommendations 🙂 best wishes to you all, Frederica

  • ann
    1 Aug 2017, 10:40 am

    hi i have hep c and was thinking of taking the msm but will the sulfer cause any further damage or should i even consider taking it at all i asked my dr who is not familiar with msm could not really give me any recommendations

  • jeanine
    2 Aug 2017, 2:52 pm

    Hello Shawn,
    I’m a 56 year old woman and I’ve been taking 4800mg (2400mg twice/day) of Rich’s MSM tablets for 5 months with great results. Eliminated my acid reflux, the pain in my knee and hip, and greatly reduced my sensitivity to food additives. It’s been amazing! But suddenly MSM began to make me nauseous. I stopped taking it for a day and felt fine. I took one 1200 mg with lunch the next day and was nauseous the remainder of the day. I don’t want to stop taking it! I read you need to take Molybdenum with MSM so I’ve started taking 150 mcg of that without MSM and then I’m going to try MSM again in a few weeks. Any ideas why this would happen?

  • Aaron
    7 Aug 2017, 9:45 am

    I live in Eugene Oregon, the allergy Capitol of the world, I get allergies every summer and suffer along with the multitudes. Not this year! I started taking msm 2 months ago and I’ve sneezed a few times but that’s all! Also I thought I was going bald, I had extreamly thin hair on the crown of my head for years, yesterday my girlfriend said it all grew back!

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  • Catherine
    15 Aug 2017, 1:05 am

    I have sever migraine for past 7yrs..can MSM helps? Thanks!

  • priscilla
    15 Aug 2017, 8:06 am

    Good Day my husband has sore joints on his hands and fingers get very sore
    I was checking you website and saw MSM will it help thanks

  • maggie downer
    16 Aug 2017, 6:41 am

    Is it safe for someone who has had a quaddruple bypass surgery.

  • Randi Guran
    24 Aug 2017, 1:07 am

    I have been blessed with Plaque Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis. My plaques are getting worse and spreading larger as well as several new sites. I am desperate to find something to reduce them and the incredible itching, and the pain from the PA.
    Will your product help me?
    I ordered the flakes and some of the MSM lotion/gel!

  • Carlota
    30 Aug 2017, 12:05 am

    Hello! Shawn, I’m a 42 y/o prepping for my first IFBB Figure Competition, I’m at about 6 weeks out of my comp. A friend has recommended me that I should take MSM Powder to help restore collagen in my skin. However, I’m not sure if I should take this supplement while in my cutting stage for my competition. Please advice. Thank you!

  • sqinisiwe Nyawo
    5 Sep 2017, 7:02 am

    it’s just an amazing supplement no doubt, try it it’s amazingly gonna work for you,its did to me.

  • Margaret
    17 Sep 2017, 5:28 am

    Hi could anybody tell me if MSM is safe to use after a heart attack + low and high blood pressure,I had a heart attack 3 years ago.

  • Tiffany
    12 Nov 2017, 10:16 pm

    I came across MSM while looking for things to help with bumps on the back of my husband’s head? Do anybody knows if it will help get rid of those??

  • Danielle Murray
    16 Nov 2017, 7:40 pm

    Did anyone ever report constipation as a side effect? I ingest my organic msn daily in casule form. I buy it in powder form and make capsules with it. Can’t take it in my water. I gag every time. Just can’t.

  • Zarina
    20 Nov 2017, 12:50 am

    Hi Shawn…thank you so much for all the info regarding MSM really found it very informative .
    My husband has been suffering with myestina gravis for the past nine years now , would u suggest for him to take MSM .he is 56 yrs old ..and what dosage would u recommend.
    Thank You once again .

  • Zarina
    20 Nov 2017, 12:52 pm

    Hi Shawn …would it be safe for a patient suffering with myestina gravis to be taking MSM Powder .kindly advise on dosage .

  • Hazel
    23 Nov 2017, 1:39 am

    Imhave severe osteoarthritis. Can’t hardly
    Walk and can’t close my hands. Can you help me what to,do. I,take four. Sulfurzyme a day. Should imswitchmto just msm powder . Desperate . Help

  • precious
    26 Nov 2017, 8:22 am

    please can I take MSM for hair growth and what is the dosage

  • Mari
    14 Dec 2017, 8:59 am

    Hello, it so wonderful to hear so many ppl are getting the help they need for their health. I was diagnosed with a rare cancer. They said I will need chem treatment. I’m currents taking natural supplements and trying to build my immune system before the treatment. I wanted to take turomic but I’m on blood thinners and I was advise not to take it. Wmy question is can MSM will benefit my health. I’m in my early 40’s do you have any advise. Thank you and God Bless.

  • Darlene
    5 Jan 2018, 10:45 pm

    I have been taking MSM for a couple years and recently decided that maybe I didn’t need to take it any more so stopped buying it. Four days later my joint pain came back. I had forgotten how badly I could hurt. I waited a couple more days, and the pain just kept spreading to different areas, I could hardly sit for hip pain. So I bought some MSM at a near by pharmacy and started back on it. In three days the pain was very low, in 5 it was gone. I will never again purposely stop taking MSM. I have osteoarthritis and also joint pain if I eat sugar and other foods that are starchy and turn to sugar. With MSM I can enjoy a few of those foods more often without pain. When I was off the MSM I was very tempted to use some of the MSM I give to our older horse that has joint issues. We live in a remote area and it is difficult to get to stores. My husband had a fit when I mentioned using the animal grade MSM. I have since learned that the MSM for animals is pretty pure and less costly than for humans. Would it be a mistake to use the animal grade MSM? How much would a human use? (just in case…)

  • craig klotz
    13 Jan 2018, 10:28 pm

    I consumed12 ounces of the crystals in one setting.
    I am 56
    Going on16

  • basie mallinson
    21 Jan 2018, 11:57 am

    hi i,ve got a question, my wife is on blood thinning tables, what would the dangers be of her useing msm thanks basie

  • Celine
    31 Jan 2018, 8:39 pm

    As far as anti aging goes why not? These go where it matters most; down at the cellular level.

  • Sue Bradley
    1 Feb 2018, 5:21 am

    Why do I get hives every time I take MSM? A friend told me that it’s just your body getting rid of toxins. Is this true. I took one teaspoon yesterday and have 2 inch hives? Thanks S Br

  • Doug Brayson
    7 Feb 2018, 6:40 pm

    I had Mercury poisoning in my 20’s from my fillings – must have used all of my sulfur stores making glutathione trying to detoxify my body.
    Severe health problems since then and I was previously very active and suddenly no more health – been that ways since.
    I chelated (andy cutlers protocol) for a few years too – which felt like it saved my life but it was really hard on my body. Im 50 now and never been able to keep a job due to very poor health, decrepit joints, insomnia, acute then chronic pancreatitus severe jaundice (liver failing) multiple intestinal polyps, ibs, my tongue always black and never clearing, brain fog, failing eyesight, etc
    I make sure I have adequate magnesuim , eat liver, natural C, fish oil and nothing helped until I just started MSM in large quantities.
    I’ve lost 20 years of my life down to the medical establishment and the depression has been unbearable.
    It makes total sense that MSM has made such astonishing changes over the past couple of weeks as mentioned at the start since glutathione needs sulphur for effective methylation.

    I avoided cruciferous produce because of the severe reactions I used to get but this was not an allergy, but because I needed sulphur so badly.

    MSM – Amazing – thankyou internet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Di
    14 Feb 2018, 4:36 pm

    Started taking MSM 3 weeks ago for arthritis in the knees, my aching knees after 3 days was perfect. My hair is now perfect and I have more energy. Never been happier 🙂

  • Audrey Kelley
    15 Feb 2018, 1:49 am

    At 90 years old, I have lived through some hellish nightmares, including 6 years of WorldWar 2 in England . Now, caring for my Alzheimer’s- stricken husband, I am facing an impossible enemy: An army of tiny black specks appeared on my bathroom window sill 8 months ago, identified by a pest-control technician ias Springtails. Several days later an ugly sore appeared on my neck, followed by additional sores on my shoulders and ankles. My life is now a nightmare, since the creatures took up residence in my mouth. Despite using every remedy I’ve read about, they persist. Every time I brush and rinse – even with KleenGreen – I have to wash scores of the loathsome pests down the sink. I am begging for help.

  • Dee
    17 Feb 2018, 11:02 am

    Will MSM help with migraines and sinus problems? I’m interested in taking it, but want to be sure it’s what I need.

  • Ritas
    27 Feb 2018, 5:05 pm

    Best thing that’s ever happened to me. Lots of ailments, including severe spinal stenosis, etc. I have three heart stints too. I work 8-10 hours a day and no longer on any pain medication. I think it’s the MSM. Took a month or two to understand what was happening but feel great and a mood elevator also.

  • Titi
    5 Mar 2018, 3:13 am

    I am an HIV i could love to know how i should take the msm.
    Thank you

  • Leanne
    15 Mar 2018, 11:19 pm


    Please respond to the questions regarding multiple sclerosis and MSM.

    Thank you,

  • Mrs Wardle
    28 Mar 2018, 9:18 am

    I have had this stuff sitting on my cupboard and not using it. I forgot what I had bought it for…perhaps it will help my memory.. Arthritis and neuropathy from Diabetes gives me pain.

  • Shannon
    30 Mar 2018, 5:49 am

    Hi Shawn,
    Thanks for the great info! Can i mix the msm powder with my coffee?

  • Michael Folan
    22 Apr 2018, 3:30 am

    Hi Shawn
    Just started taking MSM, 3 days in and no real change yet but early days, My question is that ive been taking the juice of 1 fresh lemon per day in tepid water to try and alleviate stomach/boating problems, will this negate the effect of MSM or is it still ok to take both as i do believe the lemon juice does help ? Thanks in anticipation

  • Amanda
    22 Apr 2018, 1:16 pm

    Is this Dundee /Skyline Dr. Shawn Stevenson? If it is- hi!!! I was researching MSM for cervical neuralgia and saw this site. Soooo crazy if this is you. 😃

  • Diane Shalla
    27 Apr 2018, 12:23 am

    Hello Shawn,
    I had an above-the-knee amputation in September on my left leg, but my right leg isn’t looking so good right now; swollen a lot. Also, I think I obtained pneumonia (?) a couple of weeks ago and am slowly breathing better. I am so looking forward to having MSM powder help me, and I wish to take the correct amount of pure Vitamin C along with it. I recently read this article and I will be taking the MSM powder for the first time. I will be receiving the powder today from Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Kala-Health-MSM-Coarse-Flakes/dp/B000NPKFCA?%20%20th=1
    plus I have ordered pure Vitamin C (not ascorbic acid) https://www.amazon.com/Pure-Synergy-Radiance-Natural-%20%20Vitamin/dp/B008HFO7U4/ref=sr_1_1_s_it?%20%20s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1524807836&sr=1-1&keywords=Pure+Synergy+Pure%20%20+Radiance+C+%284+oz+Powder%29
    and I have a question about the dosage for the Vitamin C. I read recommendations for taking the MSM and Vitamin C is on a ratio of 2 to 1, so if I take 4000 grams MSM, I should take 2000 grams Vitamin C along with it. However, this Vitamin C I have ordered shows a different serving dosage, so I don’t know how to convert it into the proper gram dosage. I’m hoping you see my question and are able to take a look at the Vitamin C link and explain to me what the equivalent of that dosage would be when taking 4000 grams of that MSM powder. I sincerely would very much appreciate your assistance, Shawn.

  • Sylvia
    17 May 2018, 12:31 pm

    Hi Shawn, I have been recently diagnosed with malt lymphoma! If the msm makes the cells more permeable, could that also mean the cancer cells could increase and make the cancer worse by invading the heathy cells more easily?

  • 26 May 2018, 4:31 pm

    Hi Shawn!

    12 years ago, when I was in my 30’s, I began to get a very dark and noticeable
    case of melasma on my face. It was so hard on my self esteem. I had a dark shadow on my upper lip, identical bilateral macules on either cheek and a nice patch centered on my forehead. I had taken birth control for about 10 years at that point, though I had gone off 3 years prior. I had also been on antibiotics over there years for various infection….and for no good reason at all, as we all know that doctors are very irresponsible in prescribing those. And little did I know at that time, I would later be diagnosed with hypothyroidism. During the 2 years I had melasma, I was working as a patient coordinator for a plastic surgeon. Together, we tried it all. IPL laser, avoiding the sun, hydroquinone, (until I learned the dangers of that) and of course any makeup that would cover it-which was pretty much NONE. I read a book buy Vanessa Wild Titled, “Melasma: Is This the Clear Solution”. I read the book in two days in the bathtub, I was so eager to know what her secret melasma cure was. Lo and behold, the cure was MSM. 12 years later I have not had one brown spot or even tiny freckle appear on my face-and I haven’t exactly been avoiding the sun on my vacations to Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean! I followed her suggested protocol and within 3 weeks started to noticed changes to the macules. They were beginning to flake right off my face! By the time 3 months had passed, my melsama was GONE and I was left with glowing, soft skin! Added bonus was thicker hair, stronger nails, incredible digestion, increased energy and balanced hormones! Every so often, I go back on the protocol just for all of the other residual benefits. We should all be taking MSM every day!

  • Kathy
    30 May 2018, 1:26 pm

    I am so tired all the time. I get enough sleep, so does stress make you exhausted?
    I have a mean family member, the person is very mean to me 4days out of 7 days
    every week. Does not live with us, just sneaks in and does nasty, mean, hateful things my personal things. I also get depressed. I pray for help. I can’t keep up anymore with my housework. I am starting msm today. Hoping for energy. Bless you

  • Raoul the owl performer
    4 Jun 2018, 5:35 pm

    Last week Tuesday I suddenly started to get joint discomfort and pain from head to toes. All my joints were inflamed, in particular wrists, hands, ankles and knees. My right knee was locking. I’m 57, very active, almost vegetarian. By Wednesday evening I was in trouble, even turning over in my sleep caused me pain. I started taking MSM wed night. On Thursday my mobility was almost non existent. I was limping badly, simple movements caused pain. I took 1 teaspoon of MSM twice a day. On Friday I began to notice an improvement in mobility.
    On Saturday again more mobility. I was able to perform at a children’s party – stilt walking and stilt jumping, unicycle and juggling. Incredible.
    On Sunday my joints had all loosened up. Today is Monday. It’s 1.20a.m. I have been quite energised all day. iiWhat still have a little discomfort, but improving daily.
    What a supplement. I am so grateful.

  • Sharon
    9 Jun 2018, 9:06 am

    I’ve been taking MSM now for about a month. It still does give me a headache.. but it is giving me much more energy and mental alertness. But I was wondering if anyone has experienced foul smelling urine with this. I’ve noticed that and I can’t find anyone stating this happens

  • Dave Stambaugh
    11 Jun 2018, 12:32 pm

    After having to high levels of serum potassium and putting myself on a low potassium diet I have decided to take 2000 mg of MSM in hopes that in making my cells more permiable that it would allow more potassium to enter the cells thus lowering the amount free flowing in my blood stream. I understand that they do this using insilin, but they do not do that until you are on dialisis. I do not want it to go that far.

  • Sharon
    18 Jun 2018, 5:25 am

    Has anyone used MSM for frozen shoulder? has it helped reduce the pain? what type of MSM should I use?

  • Elizabeth
    19 Jun 2018, 9:50 am

    I have been taking MSM for three weeks and am very pleased with the noticeable difference in my skin and overall health. The fines lines (wrinkles) around my eyes and lips have diminished. My face has a definite healthier glow. I am using less moisturizer on my once dry and flaky legs and arms. I am 66 years old and have been very active all my life resulting in knee issues requiring shots. It is now easier for me to bend, squat up and down without thinking about my knees. I attend a cross fit, barre, pilates class three times a week which includes burpees (a real knee joint burner) which I couldn’t do very well a month ago.

  • Dewey
    21 Jun 2018, 8:51 am

    I found protease cleared out the protein in my blood which in turn cleared the protein out of my eyes, this lets the water flow and my eye pressure go to normal and my floaters are gone as well ,enzymes are a most for people over 30 as we loose 10% of our digestive enzymes each 10 years . I take a good multi digestive enzyme with each meal and use a protease pill or two as my eyes get dry or start getting lines or floaters

  • Bernita
    22 Jun 2018, 9:21 pm

    Can I take this with juice instead of water?

  • 27 Jun 2018, 4:08 pm

    is msm safe to use after a heart attack and a repaired valve I had this in January 2018, I still feel at times sometimes hard to breathe when I teach and play tennis, would this be good to take and if so how much? thank you for your early reply

  • Beverly Jane Mitchell
    4 Jul 2018, 11:34 am

    MSM has stop heel spur pain for my 73 old mother who just retired from being a nurse. She doesn’t even take her prescription meds anymore it’s a miracle

  • MF4Mark
    14 Jul 2018, 7:11 am

    Dear Margaret,

    I’m not a professional, just someone concerned about your symptoms. What caught my attention is your BP low AND high. I’m thinking you may have adrenal exhaustion in addition to hypothyroid.

    Given your heart attack was 3 years ago it should be safe for you to GRADUALLY introduce thyroid and adrenal extracts into your daily routine. If you can afford to do so, please consult with an enlightened doctor to help uncover and manage your underlying conditions/deficiencies.

    If not, there are plenty of resources out there to help educate yourself. I pulled myself back from the brink so I know it IS possible. It’s just damn hard when nobody believes in you when you turn your back on the system that got you sick in the first place.

    Best of luck !!!

    6 Sep 2018, 11:56 am

    I’ve had lower back pain upon waking for years. I tried different mattresses with little improvement. Finally I went to my therapist and he suggested I take something like alieve at night to slow the inflammation happening in my spine at night.
    I’m not a fan of pain relieves, and as it happened I stumbled on your site.
    I had studied DMSO several years ago to help my mom with her arthritis, and remembered the MSM link.
    The short version of this story is that the wife bought some Walmart MSM for me and I take 2-1000mg pills a day.
    One in the am and one between dinner and bed time.
    The difference is amazing.
    No more hobbling to the bathroom at 3 am. I can get up and walk quite normal.
    The rest of the day is a pleasure to live through!
    Thanks for the enlightening Blog and I look forward to getting some good MSM and see if that takes my motion up a notch.
    Thanks again

  • Nancy Ballard
    9 Sep 2018, 7:01 am

    MSM is made from DMSO. I have read it helps normalize circulation in people with difficulties walking due to circulation problems with regular use. Will the msm cream which also contains collagen and chondroitin if applied regularly to legs give the same healing effects? Thanks

  • Nancy
    13 Sep 2018, 11:10 am


    I am concerned MSM will give me gases , bloating and digestive discomfort due to its sulfur compound. I have a very sensitive digestive system. What do you have to tell me about it?

    Thank you!!
    Tahnk you!!

  • Margaret Cachia
    3 Oct 2018, 7:51 am

    I have been taking MSM for a whole year now I don’t feel any different from before. I started with 1tablet and now take 2 of 1.200 mg. each. If anything I’m more constipated then every before which always been my problem. So far I have not noticed an improvement in my hair or nails and I’m near the end of 330 capsules .
    Should I continue. I wanted to take this MSM because of my osteoporosis so I hope there is some improvement to my bones .

  • 11 Feb 2019, 11:13 pm

    I am taking two supplements that have MSM one has 250mg and on me has 3000 mg MSM is this too much MSM. I take 2 of each capsule. The first one 3 times a day and the second twice a day. I recently stated taking the 3000mg 1 , 2x a day because it seems to raise my blood sugar. Levels and I already have a problem with that. Now , a friend bought another supplement for me with 200mg of MSM in it. He said it would help my hair grow. How much is too much MSM? I am taking the 1st 2 supplements with MSM for pain/ spine and shoulder injuries. Although I have gallstones, rib injuries too. I don’t want to over do this MSM.

    • Shawn Stevenson
      12 Feb 2019, 1:36 pm

      Hey Desiree! I would start by taking just the 250mg 2-3 times per day. If you feel alright with that (no GI discomfort or nausea) I would take the 3,000mg once per day with some lemon water in the morning. Combining MSM with vitamin from citrus fruits can help with its absorption and give you the results you’re looking for!