Does methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) promote hair growth?

Want longer, more luxurious hair?

Tired of looking like a cue ball?

Think bald is blah?

If you answered yes, you probably would love it if methylsulfonylmethane -- which comes as a supplement -- really worked as well as it is touted.

Well, not so fast.

Most people want more hair and plenty of them are willing to try a fad diet to ensure a thick mane. Trouble is, the American Hair Loss Association notes that 99 percent of baldness treatments fail. Included in that sorry lot is MSM, according to the authors of that study.

But don't tell that to unscrupulous MSM shills. Because MSM helps repair the body, some of these hucksters are touting MSM as a miracle drug. Some doctors go as far to say that MSM helps the body produce collagen, which helps build strong bodies, strong teeth and other health benefits. There have been no peer-reviewed studies proving that MSM treats hair loss.

Sure, keratin, which is an essential protein in hair, contains sulfur. But an ordinary diet is probably good enough to produce naturally all the sulfur you need to promote healthy hair growth. Remember, as tempting as it is to pop a pill and make your troubles disappear, MSM is certainly not Miracle Grow.

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Dietary Supplements

Whether you're visiting the drug store, grocery or natural food shop you'll likely find an aisle where there are jars and bottles of things for you to put in your body that are neither foods nor medicines. Ranging from vitamins an...

d minerals to fiber and herbal remedies, these supplements are not regulated in the same way as either food or medicine. Some of them are backed by solid research, others are folk remedies or proprietary cures. If your diet does not include enough of certain vitamins or minerals, a supplement may be a good idea. Natural treatment for conditions like constipation may be effective. But because these substances are unregulated, it is always a good idea to educate yourself about the products and to use common sense when taking them. This is even more true if you are pregnant or taking a medicine that may be affected by supplements.

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