What are methylsulfonylmethane supplements?

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Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is a compound found in plants and some foods that is helpful to joints and in forming tissues like tendons and ligaments. Because it may slow pain signals as they travel through nerves, MSM has become a popular supplement for people with arthritis, either alone or combined with glucosamine. MSM is also sometimes taken for hay fever. However, there's little scientific evidence to show that MSM helps for either condition. More research is needed.
Grant Cooper, MD
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), is derived from dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO). DMSO has been reported to be helpful for a variety of medical ailments, but it fell out of favor many years ago because of potential adverse reactions, including eye lens problems, and the fact that people who used it smelled like a mixture of garlic and oysters.

MSM does not have these effects. Although the usefulness of MSM has not yet been proven, it has become popular.
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