The role of sulphur (MSM) in the body

Sulphur is one of the most abundant minerals in the human body and it plays a very important role in the body’s organs and systems.

It is a valuable component of collagen and is, therefore, needed for connective tissues and for blood vessels, the eyes and joints.

Sulphur binds collagen fibres together, which gives the skin its elasticity, keeping it younger looking for longer. Sulphur is absorbed through the lining of the intestines. It helps how vitamins, antioxidants and the hormone insulin work in the body.

As sulphur is necessary for the production of new cells, it plays an essential part in the synthesis of collagen and keratin, vital protein substances needed to make and maintain hair, skin and nails. Hair and nails grow faster and stronger with good levels of sulphur.

Methylsulfonylmethane or MSM is a natural form of organic sulphur sourced mainly from tree bark. MSM encourages the repair of scarred or damaged skin and is also useful for skin conditions, especially acne, but also acne rosacea.

Approximately half of the sulphur in the body is concentrated in the muscles, skin and bones. In an inflamed state the tissue cells swell and pain results from the rigidity of the cell walls. However, because sulphur can restore flexibility and thus permeability to these walls it allows fluids to pass through the tissues more easily and reduce the cause of the pain. This enables harmful substances such as lactic acid and toxins to flow out.

MSM may provide significant relief from arthritis and other types of joint injury. Sulphur helps clean up the bloodstream and flush toxins from cells that would otherwise build up and cause cell membranes to become inflexible and damaged. Studies have also shown MSM to have an anti-parasitic action against intestinal worms such as roundworm, Giardia and Trichomonas.

Also, heavy metals such as lead, mercury and cadmium bond to MSM, aiding in their removal from the body. MSM is available in capsules and powder, which can be mixed into a paste and applied directly to the skin as well as taken internally.

For more information contact Susan in Au Naturel, Irishtown, Athlone on (090 ) 6487993.

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