Study Shows MSM Reduces Knee Pain and Improves Activities

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, arthritis is the number one cause of disability among adults.  It is defined as painful inflammation, aching, stiffness and swelling in or around the joints.  Arthritis can occur in any joint, but usually it affects the hands, knees, hips, neck or spine.  The cartilage covering the surface of joints can wear away.  In a study published in the journal “Osteoarthritis Cartilage”, researchers noted that MSM (methyl-sulphonyl-methane) is a popular dietary supplement and they set out to conduct a placebo-controlled trial to find evidence to support its use in osteoarthritis of the knee.

MSM sulfur (methyl-sulphonyl-methane) is a white, odorless, water-soluble element found in nature and in foods such as milk, fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood and meat. Food processing methods such as heating, washing and freezing, all deplete MSM in foods, which makes daily replenishment beneficial. Many people with joint pain may be deficient in MSM. In one study, sulfur concentration in arthritic cartilage was shown to be about one-third the level of normal cartilage.

The recent study published in the journal “Osteoarthritis Cartilage” was done at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Tempe, Arizona. Fifty men and women, 40 to 76 years of age with knee osteoarthritis pain, were enrolled in an outpatient medical center. Part of the group received 3,000 milligrams (3 grams) of MSM per day, twice a day, for 12 weeks – 6 grams per day total.  The other part of the group received a placebo.

The results showed that compared to placebo, MSM produced significant decreases in pain and significant improvement in physical function.  MSM use also resulted in improvement in performing the activities of daily living. Important improvements in stress and cardiovascular health were also observed.  These are good advantages, as there are many side effects from the usual drugs used for arthritis.

The Arthritis Foundation’s web site lists the most common side effects of the medications used to treat arthritis.  Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin and ibuprofen can create edema (swelling of the feet) heartburn, stomach ulcers and possibly increased risk of blood clots and heart attack.  Corticosteroids (cortisone) may contribute to cataracts, elevated blood sugar levels and bone loss.  Injections at the arthritis site can create redness and swelling and increased risk of infections.

One example of a natural arthritis remedy that contains MSM is Joints and More from Nutrition Breakthroughs.  Joints and More is made from “organic” sulfur (meaning coming from living things) and is a 99% pure, simple molecule, indistinguishable from a molecule of MSM found in nature.

Stanley Jacob, M.D. the co-discoverer and ‘Father of MSM’ says: “MSM is a surprising supplement.  When you start taking it, you may notice a number of good things happening in your life in addition to pain and allergy relief — more energy, cosmetic benefits such as softer skin, thicker hair, stronger nails; as well as decreased scar tissue and relief of constipation.”

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Study Shows Ginger Effective Against Pain and Arthritis

An estimated 50 million U.S. adults (about 1 out of 5) report having doctor-diagnosed arthritis.  Arthritis is the nation’s most common cause of disability and is defined as painful inflammation, aching, stiffness, and swelling in or around the joints.  Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis.  It causes pain, swelling, and reduced motion in joints. It can occur in any joint, but usually it affects hands, knees, hips or spine.

Osteoarthritis breaks down the cartilage in the joints. Cartilage is the slippery tissue that covers the ends of bones in a joint. Healthy cartilage absorbs the shock of movement. When cartilage is lost, the bones rub together, which can damage the joint.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, which means the arthritis results from the immune system attacking the body’s own tissues.  It can affect body parts besides the joints, such as the eyes, mouth and lungs.

A recent study published in the journal “Arthritis” has found that a standardized ginger extract is as effective as the anti-inflammatory drug betamethasone for arthritis, but without the long list of side effects the drug is known for.

This test tube study used cells from joint fluid in people with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and healthy joints.  The cells were exposed to special inflammatory triggers in the presence of either betamethasone (an anti-inflammatory drug), ibuprofen (an over the counter pain relief drug such as Advil), or a standardized herbal ginger extract.

The researchers discovered that Ginger extract was an equally effective anti-inflammatory agent as the drug betamethasone in this test.  This makes it a good natural arthritis remedy, as according to Drugs .com, side effects of betamethasone can include fluid accumulation, glucose intolerance (a pre-diabetic state), nausea, vomiting, eye diseases, adrenal gland suppression, insomnia, nervousness and depression.

Ginger extract is available in capsules, tablets and tea, and fresh ginger root is often available in grocery stores and can be added to cooked dishes.

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Study Finds MSM Provides Pain Relief in Arthritis

Anti-inflammatory MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) has added to the store of evidence pointing to its health benefits with a new study suggesting that it significantly reduces pain endured by osteoarthritis (degenerative arthritis) sufferers.

The double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial led by Linda Kim of the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine involved 50 male and female suffers of mild to moderate knee arthritis pain, aged 40 to 76 years.

Divided into two groups, the participants took either a twice-daily 3 grams oral dose of MSM or a placebo over a 12-week period.  The pain relief effects were assessed using Western Ontario and McMaster University Osteoarthritis Index.

Compared to the placebo, MSM was seen to deliver a significant reduction in pain scores and physical function impairment.  Participants taking the MSM were also seen to experience an improvement in their performance of the activities of daily living.

No adverse events, such as those commonly reported with arthritis drugs were identified during the 12-week trial.

When manufactured correctly, commercial MSM is chemically identical to that found in nature. As well as its use as an anti-inflammatory, previous studies have suggested applications for rheumatoid arthritis, cancer prevention, lupus, hayfever and snoring.

This study on MSM as a remedy for osteoarthritis pain, was published in the journal “Osteoarthritis Cartilage” in March 2006.
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