7 Benefits of MSM – The Miracle Supplement

Biologically active sulfur is one of the most critical nutrients for our bodies to remain youthful and energetic.  As we age, along with a diet deficient in essential nutrients, our bodies become stiff, our cells become rigid, and our overall energy begins to rapidly decelerate.

MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) is an organic sulfur compound that’s naturally derived during the earth’s rain cycle.  Sulfur is present in many natural unprocessed foods, but it’s quickly lost during the cooking process.  MSM is gaining a lot of attention due to the recent focus on longevity and anti-aging technologies.  Here’s a list of 7 impressive benefits that MSM delivers:

1. Improves skin health and complexion

MSM is necessary for collagen production.  Sagging skin and wrinkles, as well as dry, cracked skin are all developed through a loss of collagen.  MSM works together with Vitamin C to build new, healthy tissues.  MSM can normalize collagen formation and radically improve skin health.

2. Improves flexibility

Research has shown that MSM is highly effective in improving joint flexibility.  Additionally, it helps to produce flexible skin and muscle tissue.  This leads to an increase in overall flexibility due to a restoration of the “juiciness” in the tissues.

3. Detoxifies the body

One of the most important features of MSM is that it makes your cells more permeable.  This means that it allows toxins and metabolic waste products to easily be moved out of the cells, while essential nutrients and hydration can be moved in.  It’s a calcium phosphate dissolver, so it has a remarkable ability to break up the bad calcium that’s at the root of degenerative diseases.

4. Strengthens hair and nails

Collagen and keratin and both critical for the production of healthy hair and nails.  MSM is a bonafide “beauty mineral” that provides the sulfur needed to produce collagen and keratin.  It’s also highly noted to contribute to exceptional strength and thickness of the hair and nails, which can be noticed in just a couple weeks of consistent use.

5. Accelerates healing

Lactic acid and other byproducts cause pain and soreness in the body.  MSM increases the ability of the body to eliminate waste products at the cellular level.  This speeds recovery and frees up more energy for rebuilding.

6. Naturally Increases energy

Due to the increased permeability of the cells, less energy is required to deal with the accumulation of toxins.  This results in more energy being redirected towards activity and necessary healing.  Digestion is the biggest energy requirement of the body (Approximately 70-80% of your energy is spent on digestion each day). MSM increases the absorption of nutrients so that the energy expenditure on digestion is vastly reduced.

7. Anti-inflammatory

MSM is a powerful anti-inflammatory due to its ability to allow metabolic wastes to be removed from the cells.  Excess weight on the body is actually inflammation.  The cells of the body are chronically inflamed and retaining the byproducts of metabolic processes.  Sulfur needs to be present In order for these toxins and wastes to be removed from the body.  When these byproducts can be removed from the system, then the cells can also dispose of excess fluids that were being stored as a buffer.  What results is a natural and effective reduction in unwanted weight.

How to use MSM:

MSM can be purchased in powder form or in supplement capsules.  For best results using the MSM powder, added it to your water along with a botanical source of vitamin C like Camu Camu Berry or lemon juice.  Most MSM supplements are derived from petroleum, you can get a 100% plant derived MSM right here: Opti-MSM Flakes.  Start with one teaspoon of MSM powder in 16 ounces of water, and gradually work your way up to 2 to 3 tablespoons per day to see some really impressive results.

Leave a comment below and share any experience you’ve had with MSM.

  • Seth
    7 Oct 2010, 8:45 pm

    First I want to say THANK YOU SHAWN for the bulletproof your health contest! I’m still trying to believe I won actual cacao!

    This MSM thing is so neat, i love learning new things such as the permeability of the cells and all the advantages and opportunities that kind of technology brings forth when implemented. A few weeks ago i had the wonderful fortune of winning a similar contest for some joint product with MSM in it. After learning about MSM from your videos, i was excited to get the product from the other company. It was in capsule form and after mixing one capsule with water and only sipping it, it didn’t resonate with me well and i think that’s because of the OTHER stuff that was in it. So i’m looking forward to some actual “healthier” sources of MSM because it truly is an amazing thing to add in.

    Hopefully the cacao will resonate with me in an amazing beneficial way. I am so very excited to try this. I have known about cacao for months but I’m not sure i have ever actually tried any. Sure i’ve had chocolate before, but have i ever had cacao?! I am really looking forward to this. So much. This may give me an edge in helping my family learn about RAW and that it can and does TASTE amazing to eat healthy!

    • Charles
      9 Jul 2013, 10:13 am

      This stuff really works, I have SLE in the joints , so with a some research I started consuming MSM which reduced my pain to 80 %, I am back running, gym, my body regenerated its functions…

    • Marv Apriestley
      20 Jul 2014, 4:16 am

      Just bought MSM powder and found that substantial relief from joint pain was noticed in fingers, left knee

  • Carol Fairchild
    7 Oct 2010, 10:15 pm

    Thanks Shawn, a great review. I need to put MSM back into my supplements.

  • TC
    8 Oct 2010, 3:09 pm

    I definitely will be trying this next. It’s like one new and improved way of living after the other. So I’m trying to keep up here. Thank you for all of the information, I’m taking notes. Where can I get MSM powder? Hopefully I can persuade my fiancee to at least try and see for himself the benefits living and eating better can provide! Thanks again

    • Shawn
      10 Oct 2010, 3:09 pm

      You’re SO welcome Tiffany. One of the best strategies for incorporating good health with the family is focusing on doing small special things for you FIRST. You are the heart of the family, so you being strong and healthy is of the utmost importance. We just posted a link for people to get the best MSM that I’ve ever come across right above in the “How to use MSM” section.

      • Shelley
        4 Jul 2012, 8:47 am

        Shawn –

        I am interested in what ideas you have for DCIS and helps with side effects of chemotherapy. I am so open to natural things I can do to help me get through this and keep it from coming back in the future.
        Thanks for your help – any suggestions would be appreciated.


  • 23 Oct 2011, 2:41 am

    MSM is excellent features.

    I have a problem with joint pain.

    It was torture, but the MSM to relieve it.

  • valarie
    8 Nov 2011, 10:02 pm

    I’ve only been taking this for four days and I notice a dramatic difference. I have more energy, I sleep better and my digestion has improved (no acid reflux).

    • Shawn
      5 Dec 2011, 5:11 pm

      We’ve been making some changes to the site, so it’s been a while since I’ve been able to respond to all of the comments but yours jumped right out at me… I LOVE when people take action on something and just try it on to see if it fits for them. MSM can be so great for a lot of people… I’m glad that you noticed some good things happening for you.

  • kaara
    23 Dec 2011, 11:59 am

    My integrative doctor just prescribed vitamin c and msm as part of my supplement program to help with my breast cancer diagnosis. I have been taking it three times a day for about a week, and I have noticed that I am sleeping better, and my hot flashes and irritability have disappeared (I was taken off bioidentical hormones upon diagnosis) and this would be an added benefit as I must keep my estrogen levels very low. I don’t want to take the anti hormonals prescribed with cancer treatment because of the side effects.

    • Shawn
      22 Jan 2012, 11:43 am

      Kaara, thanks for sharing that, and I wish you a full recovery and more. My apologies for taking a moment to reply, we’ve been working on some great upgrades for the site to make it easier for people to connect with me and get solutions that they’re looking for. If you have any questions about your diagnosis, be sure to let me know and I’ll do my best to direct you.

      Here’s something that I have all of my clients diagnosed with cancer get into their hands (it’s incredibly valuable, and it can make a world of difference in reversing a disease like cancer): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVECAlT4AXY&feature=gv

    • Daniel
      3 May 2012, 2:20 pm

      I would also add flaxseed oil. If you look at the budwig diet, the reason Gerson actually says to use quark or cottage cheese, is because of the high amount of sulfur that is contained in these foods. Well you can’t get a higher amount of sulfur in food than sulfur itself! (;-D)

  • Ann
    17 Apr 2012, 9:20 am

    Can I get this in a capsule

    • Ann
      17 Apr 2012, 9:22 am


  • Sumaya
    24 May 2012, 2:06 pm

    I just want to thank you. Where to begin, I came across your site by accident while looking for a solution to my very new symptoms that has changed my life, I became lethergic, no energy, too many cold sores, painful cramps during PMS, skin problem, etc..
    As soon as I read the benefits in MSM above, I went out and bought MSM capscule (I don’t have much choice as I am in Dubai). Let me tell you MSM is a miracle at least for me. I am on it for four days now and I can see the difference, I have more energy. I have finished a 45 minutes high intensity work out without taking any stimulants. I am waiting to see how it is going to effect my PMS.
    Words cannot express my gratitude for the effort and long hours you put to make the information available for us. Thousands thanks and may you be blessed always.

    • Dave
      31 Dec 2014, 2:13 am

      Hi Sumaya I also live in Dubai and have been trying to buy MSM or any klnd of organic sulfur….no luck, then I saw your post what a stroke of luck.
      Can you tell me where you bought your MSM from

      waiting to hear and can’t wait to try it.

      Regards Dave

  • Vilma Osorio
    28 May 2012, 9:58 am

    MSM is amazing!. I have RA and allergies. I started taking MSM since last December, the results: not pain, not inflamation, I’m breathing better, more energy and I lost several pounds. I just take 1 spoon with water after breakfast. I feel wonderful!

  • Rich
    31 May 2012, 9:44 am

    Hi everyone, I’ve read the posts about MSM and want to start it. How do I know which products have the highest quality value. Marlene could you please share this info? Thx

  • Ruben Ventura
    19 Dec 2012, 3:27 pm

    If someone can answer this question for me that would be great.
    What brand and form of msm would yield the
    best results? I usually get the store brand at
    the vitamin shop in capsules. Anyone please.

    • Gautam
      30 Mar 2014, 10:49 pm

      Raw food world

    • Ron
      13 Sep 2014, 9:09 pm

      Plant based powder is best. Tastes bad but it is the best. I mix mine with some manuka honey everyday and feel like im in my twenties again…I get mine from Amazon but most health food stores should carry it as well…

  • Lisa
    7 Jan 2013, 10:10 pm

    I’ve been taking MSM for a lot of years. I take 1 tablespoon dissolved in 1/4 cup of warm water every morning after I brush my teeth. I swish it around for 30 seconds and swallow. I have developed a lot of plaque on my teeth for my whole life. I started taking MSM faithfully after a dental cleaning and when I went back in six months, the hygienist was shocked because I had almost no plaque. The dentist was very interested in what I had done. My sweetie had suffered from severe bronchitis attacks every winter for 20 years. He’s had weak lungs his whole life. He started taking MSM 14 years ago and hasn’t had brochitis since. It was recommended by someone who had suffered from asthma since childhood. He never had asthma attacks after he started taking MSM. I’m a believer.

    • pertina
      19 Nov 2014, 9:04 am

      Thank you!! This really helps me out!

  • Patricia
    15 Jan 2013, 12:12 pm

    reply to George Tallabas re: arthritis inflammation

    Bromelain (chewable tablets) between meals helps with arthritis. It is derived from pineapple so if you are not diabetic, pineapple juice is great too! MSN should help with some of the inflammation. You may consider researching a diet that is arthritis friendly (non-acidic).

  • 26 Jan 2013, 4:34 pm

    Thanks for the information. My husband and I started taking MSM (organic crystals) about 2 weeks ago and it does have a bitter taste, but it’s not that bad. The most water you dilute it in, the less bitter it tastes. My husband started feeling a difference in his leg (nerve and muscle pain) pretty immediately, so he is happy. I run a website where we talk a lot about natural/organic living and there is a great articles on 20 uses for MSM. You can read it here: http://www.naturallysavvy.com/natural-and-organic/20-reasons-to-try-organic-sulfur.

  • Jan C.
    20 Apr 2013, 7:49 pm

    I had a neck injury, triple whiplash, in 1985. Then a lower back injury to L4 L5 and C1 in 1990. Soon after I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, degenerative joint disease, and arthritis. There has not been one day without pain sense 1985. By 2001, I wasn’t able to take pain killers. My liver was so full of poison and I felt so sick everyday. MSM was my cure. It still took 2 and 1/2 years before my liver tests showed that my liver was healthy again. Never the less I am so thankful for MSM. I’ll never forget my mother always said “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”.

    • Shawn
      22 Apr 2013, 4:11 pm

      What an incredible story, Jan. Thank you for sharing that!

      • josephine higgins
        14 Dec 2014, 3:43 am

        I was excited and interested to find out the benefits of msm powder , I am seriously thinking about taking it , I’ve nevet actually heard about untill now ….. it sounds like its all I need for general good health. but I need to ask what is the best way to take it …how much of it will I need to take per day and how long before I see and feel a difference . ?

  • cindy
    28 Apr 2013, 9:41 pm

    I just started taking msm its been about four days now and i noticed i have more energy, my skin texture is getting better, and it helped me w my constipation…i love this supplement nothing worked better or faster than this product..i recommend it to everyone.

    • Shawn
      29 Apr 2013, 5:17 pm

      That’s awesome news, Cindy. Thanks for sharing that!

  • Scott
    10 May 2013, 5:39 pm

    you recommend 24000 to 36000 grams (2-3 tbsp) per day? I just recently started taking it again and have used 1/4 tsp once or twice a day (1000 to 2000 grams).. so it sounds like i’m not getting anything out of it.. should we really take 2 to 3 tbsp?

  • Scott
    10 May 2013, 5:41 pm

    edit*- sorry in my last post i meant 24000mg to 36000mg not grams! :x

    • Shawn
      11 May 2013, 12:35 pm

      Hey Scott, to see some really noticeable effects, that’s what it takes in many instances. MSM has a very low toxicity level (about the same toxicity level as water!), so having too much is not really an issue (unless you do 24,000 grams lol). And also, it depends on what your issue/goal is. If you post what you’re using it for, I’ll be glad to share the ideal amount and some other things to utilize in conjunction with it.

  • Theresa McRoberts
    16 May 2013, 6:51 pm

    2 years ago I was diagnosed with Grave’s Disease (auto-immune hyperthyroid disorder). I was given 2 options by my HMO: radioactive destruction of a perfectly good thyroid gland (the thyroid was fine, was just being attacked by antibodies causing it to overfunction) or immunosuppressant drugs with a plethora of frightening side effects. I declined both, started MSM and within 2 MONTHS was in full remission and have been there ever since. No drugs no radiation and I feel like a million bucks, healthier at 52 than I have ever been. Thank you thank you thank you from the bottom of my strong and active heart! :)

    • Shawn
      21 May 2013, 6:46 pm

      Theresa, thank YOU for having the courage to take action for yourself in such a tough situation. You should be immensely proud.
      If you need anything else along the way, make sure to let me know.

      • zul
        21 Jul 2013, 3:44 pm

        dear sir
        kindly advice, my mother is on medication for hypertension,heart disease, high cholestrol and water retention. Is MSM safe because she has very severe knee pains.
        thank you

  • isabel
    29 Sep 2013, 10:57 am

    Hi Shawn
    Am soooo glad i came across ur site. I bought msm capsules that had magnesium stearate so am definately not taking it but i was also wondering whether i can cut open the capsule and eat only the powder inside(if the mag stearate is in the capsule cover itself) How many mg is enough for targetting acne pigmentation marks ?

    • Shawn
      1 Oct 2013, 10:56 pm

      Hi Isabel, I’m glad you found me too :). Yes, you can open the caps and pour the contents into water. The mag stearate, however could be a part of the capsule and/or the powder itself.

      My recommendation is to not worry about it too much now. Use what you have and then get a good MSM powder free of binders and fillers next time. Just follow the recommendation for dosage in the article above, and consider getting some high quality skin care with MSM to use topically as well.

  • Sonia Miller
    28 Dec 2013, 5:32 pm

    Easy to read and very thorough.

  • Alvin Glover Sr.
    6 Feb 2014, 2:36 am

    Thanks for all of the positive response on msm, I am truly thankful for the Praise Report on the blessing others are getting from their use of the product, God bless, Alvin!!!

  • holly blossom
    10 Mar 2014, 10:54 am

    hi! i am wondering how much to start on, i am 34, i STILL get acne, i was on corticosteroids from baby hood to 18 years old, and I’ve started getting rashes and eczema lately even eating a predominantly raw diet with fermented foods, and therapeutic essential oils :) i have ordered kilo of organic MSM and want to know how to optimise it! can’t wait to start!
    thank you!

    • Shawn
      11 Mar 2014, 7:53 pm

      Hi Holly, thanks so much for the question, and I’m glad to see you’re doing so much better to get your health where you want it to be. Being on medication that long is going to have a very harsh impact on your gut, nervous system, and endocrine system. Eczema is an autoimmune condition that can be reversed. But it starts with healing your gut first. This is where the majority of your immune system is located and the #1 place to focus. Check out this episode to see all the things that can be potential triggers (even though it’s likely you’re not coming across these with a high raw diet, but it’s best to be certain). – Avoid These 8 Foods At All Cost!

      As for the MSM, start with a teaspoon for a few days, then bump it up gradually from there. I’d say go by half tsp increments. All should be well, and I’ve seen people do up to 3 tbsp and having seen any negative reactions.

      Take care and keep me posted.

  • Gregory Roderique Roberts
    9 May 2014, 5:24 am

    What can I say about MSM that has not already been said. I discovered MSM while looking for headache tablets in a supermarket chemist about two weeks ago and I am already noticing a shrinking tummy size and all the marvelous things it does to my skin and digestion not to mention the calming effect of MSM. And I am experiencing the itch but unlike the learned suggestion that one should decrease the dose I actually think it is the body’s way of crying out for MORE MSM together with vitamin c and lots of filtered water. Turning 50 is the healthiest age I’ve ever been and it is opening the door to a healthy future.

  • rosemary o'loughlin
    31 May 2014, 2:54 pm

    Shawn ,your life story has rekindled my flame for wellness through nutrition and mental attitude.
    Thank you

    • Shawn
      31 May 2014, 5:18 pm

      Thank YOU Rosemary! Honored to be a part of your mission :). I promise to keep the encouragement and strategies coming!

  • rosemary o'loughlin
    31 May 2014, 2:58 pm

    Shawn . your life story is amazing and very encouraging.

  • bekere
    3 Jul 2014, 2:37 am

    i love all u do.keep it up.

    • Shawn
      3 Jul 2014, 5:26 pm

      Thank you!!!

  • Rose Mayo
    25 Jul 2014, 9:45 pm

    I have been taking MSM since July 22, 1996, I remember that date because that is the last day that I experienced arthritic pain in my right hip. No only has it decreased my pain, but it also keeps my bowels regulated (sorry, I know we just met) and my immune system up – haven’t had a serious cold or flu. One of the side effects, decreased snoring – oh, boo-hoo! Haven’t noticed any other side-effects. Cheap, holistic, no side effects, works!

  • CC
    25 Sep 2014, 4:55 pm

    Starting using MSM flakes one week ago and its use has reduced my pain by over 80% and my edema 100%! I cannot believe it! It almost seems too good to be true but, it’s not! I was living a life on pain killers (that were not working) and there were even times when I felt as though I wanted to take my life due to the constant state of pain that I was living in. I can pretty much say, thanks to my best friend recommending MSM, she and it virtually have saved my life! I’m finally happy and nearly PAIN FREE!!!

  • Jenelle
    7 Oct 2014, 1:33 pm

    I have wanted to try MSM. I do have some joint issues but also have heard it is wonderful for post menopausal women with skin, hair loss, and nails. I also read somewhere there is a difference processing. Not to get crystallization. Any thoughts on that?

  • Reshma
    14 Nov 2014, 4:03 pm

    Hello, for 2 years now, am suffering from skin condition. My face is covered with dark patches. It all started on my nose and gradually spread all over the face. I used to have a fair complexion in the past. Pigmanorm cream given to my by the hospital made my skin worst.
    Will MSM help in getting a clear skin without dark patches ?
    Kindly advise. Thank you.

    • Shawn
      16 Nov 2014, 12:57 am

      Reshma, thank you so much for the question. And thank you even more for sharing a bit of your struggle with me. You ABSOLUTELY can do some things to radically shift the complexion and health of your skin. MSM would be a small piece of the puzzle, but you need to heal your skin from the inside out. Follow this: http://theshawnstevensonmodel.com/improve-your-skin-naturally/

  • Deepak
    29 Nov 2014, 7:32 am

    I had a hair transplant 20 days ago but the whole area is hyperpigmented and very dark (blakish+ purplish brown) I feel that skin like a second layer of skin. The doc says its partly a scar tissue and partly hyperpigmentation. Would MSM help me in this? Im already using Alevera fresh pulp on it. But no improvement in color so far. I can’t use any other chemical peel or bleech since there’s new hair follicles there. Please help me in this. Im desperate. :(

  • anayat
    26 Dec 2014, 11:12 am

    I am male age 33 I am suffered by pigmentation from last five years I consult lot doctors .IPL leaser but no change please sir give good suggestion. And I also piles and back problem disc.thanks

  • Emily Kennedy
    30 Dec 2014, 11:39 am

    Hi!! I’m interested in taking the msm. I have RA that is in a horrible flare and have heard wonderful things about it. I’m currently breastfeeding and wanted to know if it’s safe to take and where to order from! Thanks

    • Shawn
      17 Mar 2015, 1:56 pm

      Emily, tremendous admiration for you. Yes, it’s safe to take while breastfeeding. There’s a link to one of my preferred sources above.

    31 Dec 2014, 4:37 am

    Hi Shawn,
    I’m 52, got severe eczema about a year ago, tried coconut oil, pycogenol, vit c but nothing much has changed.. I have just bought MSM powder and look forward to start on it today. I have strong weakness for coffee, oats and bread. I have also bought MSM cream to apply. I just hope to see improvements soon.. Life has not been the same since eczema struck me. Thanks!

  • Lucial
    4 Jan 2015, 11:44 am

    Can MSM work on MS patient?

  • Stephanie
    16 Feb 2015, 11:48 pm

    I’m 30 years old with chronic beck problems & pain. I had my first surgery 5 years ago and need a fusion but worth small kids that hasn’t been an option. After seeing countless doctors (that treat me like I’m a drug addicted) that wouldn’t help or even listen to me I decided it was time to take matters into my own hands & started doing some research. I found MSM flakes & immediately order them. It’s been 2 weeks & so far so good. I can get up & move without pain meds, my hair & nails look & feel amazing and I feel healthier. I even bought my mom some, she has fibermilaga (spelled wrong) chronic back & knee pain. She isn’t taking as much medicine as usual & feels great 2. This is definitely worth trying, I wish I had sooner!

  • 19 Feb 2015, 6:34 pm

    Mr. Stevenson.
    I just found your site and I have been taking MSM for about two to three weeks. However, I didn’t get the one that you are taking about and I am interested in knowing if Pure MSM Powder from Sunfood Super foods is ok until I am finish with it and start with the one you are talking about or, should I change immediately??? Please, if you have a minute, lead me in the right direction so that I know If mine is ok for now…
    Thank you for your time and cooperation concerning this matter.

    • Shawn
      22 Feb 2015, 6:06 am

      Orlando, the Sunfood brand is just fine. As long as it resonates with your unique metabolism, keep it up!

  • sara
    16 Mar 2015, 10:39 pm

    I have been talking msm for a month now.am feeling better n got more energy.i take 3000mg in dived dosages.i have had edema before as well as hypothyroid.for yrs i took synthetic.my neck was swollen on the sides.i do see a change on my neck n as well as lost weight on my upper body.i will keep tking m as m cuz its really helped me.i also had excessive sweating.heat exhaution.would msge m help.

    • Shawn
      17 Mar 2015, 1:53 pm

      Sara, that’s wonderful that you’re seeing all of those benefits. I’m truly happy for you! The reality is, shoring up your nutrient deficiencies will help alleviate a lot of symptoms, but you need to make sure that your overall nutrition and lifestyle are up to par as well. Tons of info and free resources for you in my show archives: http://theshawnstevensonmodel.com/podcasts/

  • julie
    22 Mar 2015, 3:56 am

    Hello Shawn, Just stumbled upon MSM. My teenage son has a host of problems chronic daily migraine headaches, fatty liver disease, high bp, autistic, etc. he has a hard time with tastes and textures. Are MSM capsules or pills okay or do I need to increase the dose due to absorption issues related to capsules? Also, does MSM help Parkinson’s disease or MS at all? Thanks Shawn!