Methylsulfonylmethane is a simple organic compound with a difficult name – we’ll call it MSM. MSM is found in very small amounts in most living things, but it originates from microscopic plankton in the ocean. These plankton release sulfur compounds that escape into the atmosphere, where ozone and sunlight convert the sulfur compounds into MSM. Rain then carries MSM to the earth, where it is absorbed by plants and, in turn, consumed by animals.

MSM is primarily used to reduce symptoms of osteoarthritis and relieve muscle soreness. A 2012 pilot study found that daily doses of MSM reduced muscle soreness in moderately exercise-trained men. A 2006 study reached a similar conclusion, finding that taking MSM daily improved symptoms of pain and physical function in men and women over the age of 40.

MSM is believed to support joint health by delivering sulfur to the body in a useable way. Sulfur plays an important role in joint health by strengthening the tissues that make up joints. MSM is 34% sulfur by weight, and seems to transfer much of its sulfur content into the body’s proteins and joint tissues, although more research is needed to be sure how exactly this process occurs.

MSM is a fascinating compound with healing capabilities that are still being explored and discovered. Its impressive success at relieving joint pains and muscle soreness make MSM an important part of KhaliliTM Natural Pain Relief Cream.