MSM for Chronic Pain Relief
I’ve had quite a few people ask what I’m using for pain management. One of my favourite things since falling ill is MSM. It is my one staple since I first heard about it and it’s potential to help the body heal from all sorts of things.
It is sometimes referred to as the “miracle supplement” and also the “beauty mineral” because it is so beneficial in so many areas. One of the reasons for this is that MSM makes our cell walls more permeable, meaning that toxins can be more easily removed and nutrients can more easily be absorbed.
MSM, or Methylsulfonylmethane, is a vital element to every cell in the body and that is why this supplement has the potential to do much good.
Think about it: if we’re removing toxins and absorbing nutrients more efficiently from every cell in our bodies, then all sorts of things can potentially improve. It’s affecting every cell, so it can potentially affect many issues we might not expect to experience improvements in.
MSM doesn’t only make cells more permeable, but it is a powerful anti-inflammatory, and it also promotes collagen and keratin production. This means it can potentially produce improvements in joint, skin, hair and nail conditions as well as reducing pain caused by inflammation.
Because of the permeability of cell walls while using MSM, we can experience many unexpected benefits. Things like increased energy thanks to better absorption of vitamins and minerals, and a decrease in pain not only because of the anti-inflammatory properties, but also because the cells are able to more easily eliminate toxins and waste products like lactic acid.
Methylsulfonylmethane also dissolves calcium phosphate which is one of the main causes of degenerative diseases. It promotes healing, helping the body produce it’s own antioxidants.
I’ve heard people saying it’s helped them improve their memory, their skin, their sight, their nails, their arthritis, and for me it has definitely improved my energy and pain levels. It is the one supplement I do not go without. Ever.
How do I use it?
I initially started taking 1 tablet (1000mg) a day for one week, then 2 a day for a week, then 3 a day for a week, then finally 4 a day. By the third week my pain was already dramatically reduced.
Once on 4 a day I came off my prescription pain medication. I had been on Amitriptyline and Naproxen daily for months and it only took the edge off the pain. The MSM reduced my pain more, although I still had pain daily, it was totally bearable.
MSM can keep me awake at night if I take it later in the afternoon, so I don’t usually take it later than lunchtime.
I simply take 2 tablets in the morning (with or without food) and another 2 around lunch time.
You can also buy it in powdered form which is better for those who suffer from allergies or sensitivities to fillers used in tablets. You can find MSM powder here or get the tablets I’ve been using since 2015: Lindens MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane).
Although MSM absolutely plays a huge role in keeping my pain levels low and my energy levels are definitely higher while taking the supplement, my pain didn’t go away completely until I became fat-adapted on the ketogenic way of eating. You can read more about that over here.
I’d love to hear your MSM story!
If you’ve used or are using MSM for anything at all, please share your story in the comments below.