Benefits of MSM
Many people believe that a variety of medical conditions can be treated with MSM. Benefits of the dietary supplement have not been thoroughly studied, however, and it is unlikely that a single compound can be useful for treating a number of different conditions. Some of the claimed health benefits of MSM include the treatment and/or prevention of Alzheimer's disease, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, and yeast infections.
MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) is a naturally occurring compound found in many foods and available as a dietary supplement. People claim that MSM is beneficial for preventing and/or treating a variety of different conditions. Some of these claimed MSM benefits include:
- Chronic pain
- Muscle cramps
- Stretch marks
- Wounds or cuts
- Liver problems
- Alzheimer's disease
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Stomach upset
- Chronic constipation
- Stomach ulcers
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Mood problems
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- High cholesterol
- Type 2 diabetes
- Systemic lupus erythematosus ("lupus")
- HIV and AIDS
- Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)
- Migraines and other headaches
- Yeast infections (see Can MSM Cure Candida?).
Clearly, it would be highly unlikely for any one compound to really work for all these various conditions. Indeed, there is very little evidence to suggest that MSM is beneficial for most of these uses (see Does MSM Work? for more information).