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MSM and Gout

MSM supplements can help to alleviate the symptoms of gout, this article looks at the benefits of MSM for gout sufferers.

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Research suggests that there is a connection between gout and MSM, which stands for Methyl Sulfonyl  Methane. This substance is a natural sulfur compound and it is currently being used to treat several conditions, including ones that affect the joints.

Traditional sulfur is known for its strong smell and so is methane, however MSM does not have this smell. Studies are still being carried out on MSM and it's affects on gout, as scientists are still trying to understand this compound. But at the moment MSM supplements are safe to take. Further more these supplements are not too expensive so there is no reason not to try them if you are a gout sufferer.

MSM has a positive affect on gout because it targets the connective tissues. MSM repairs and rebuilds essential proteins and collagen which keeps the joints healthy and in good working order.

MSM particularly benefits the joints and the tendons, however similar tissues throughout the body also benefit from the presence of MSM.

MSM has several other benefits apart from the ones just mentioned. It is known to help with the absorption of vitamins. It is also said to promote healthy hair and nails. This substance is believed to also have a small but positive effect on the immune system, and it helps the liver to eliminate toxins from the body.

Another benefit of this substance that will interest gout sufferers is MSM can help to reduce pain and inflammation.
Although it is found in many foods, it is difficult to consume sufficient amounts of MSM, because there are only small amounts present. Foods that contain MSM include: milk, certain meats, fish, fresh fruits and vegetables. Milk actually has higher amounts of this substance than most foods.

When foods are cooked the MSM levels present decrease, which makes consuming sufficient amounts of MSM even more difficult. Fortunately MSM comes in the form of a supplement making it much easier to consume sufficient amounts. It can either be taken as a pill or added to drinks as a powder. You can also purchase creams that contain MSM and they can be applied directly to the joints that have been affected by gout.

MSM does not offer instant gout relief, it actually takes a while before you notice any of its benefits. You should approach the use of MSM for gout relief as a long term solution.

People who use MSM are usually advised to start of with a low dosage, that gradually increases over time. It can take anything from a few weeks to months to build up the optimum levels of MSM in the body. Once this happens you should start to notice its effect. When using MSM ensure you don't exceed the recommended dosage. You should also inform your doctor before taking any sort of supplements or medication.