Does MSM Work?
MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) is claimed to be beneficial for a number of medical conditions, but does MSM work? Very preliminary evidence suggests that MSM may work for treating osteoarthritis, and one study indicated that the supplement may work for seasonal allergies. However, there is very little scientific evidence to support the effectiveness of MSM for any of the other claimed benefits.
Separating Fact From Fiction: Does MSM Really Work?
Like many dietary supplements, MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) is claimed to be useful for a wide variety of conditions. Even though entire books have been written in praise of this dietary supplement, there is actually very little scientific evidence to support most of the claims for MSM. Sometimes MSM is claimed to work for the following conditions:
- Alzheimer's disease
- Chronic constipation
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Chronic pain
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- High cholesterol
- HIV and AIDS
- Liver problems
- Migraines and other headaches
- Mood problems
- Muscle cramps
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Stretch marks
- Stomach ulcers
- Stomach upset
- Systemic lupus erythematosus ("lupus")
- Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)
- Type 2 diabetes
- Wounds or cuts
- Yeast infections (see Can MSM Cure Candida?).