Methylsulfonylmethane – What On Earth Is That?


Methylsulfonylmethane, or MSM for short, is a naturally occurring organic compound that contains sulfur – known as an organosulfur compound. It is naturally found in some primitive plants and in the atmosphere above marine areas. It is also found in many foods and drinks. Methylsulfonylmethane is also a dietary supplement, and is meant to help with a number of health issues. It is also known as DMSO₂, dimethyl sulfone and methyl sulfone.

About Methylsulfonylmethane

Methylsulfonylmethane is a colourless and odourless solid. It is generally a powder. The chemical formula is (CH₃)₂SO₂.

It is highly soluble in hot water and many more organic solvents. It is a biological form of sulfur. Biological sulfur, when active, is believed to have therapeutic and preventative properties.

Methylsulfonylmethane And Medicine

Although no government recognises and licences Methylsulfonylmethane as a medicine, it is claimed that it has a number of health benefits and these claims have been studied. Therefore it is marketed as a dietary supplement, rather than a medicine. But remember, no government recognises it’s supposed health benefits, but this could just be because there has not been enough research yet. It is still a popular and widely used health supplement.

Methylsulfonylmethane is believed to help with a number of ailments. This includes:

  • Pain;
  • Inflammation;
  • Stress;
  • Allergies;
  • Gastrointestinal conditions;
  • Osteoarthritis.

Among many more. It is also called the ‘beauty mineral’ as it is meant to promote smooth skin and glossy hair.

However, some side effects have been recorded. The common side effects are:

  • Headaches;
  • Nausea;
  • Diarrhea.

If more serious, or other, side effects occur, seek medical medical attention immediately.

Although Methylsulfonylmethane has no official use, it is still a popular supplement. Many people believe in it’s health benefits. However, if you wish to try it, make sure you consult your doctor or pharmacist first, especially if you are on other medication. And if you experience side effects seek medical attention straight away.