Methylsulfonylmethane Ultimate MSM) is a natural source of organic, dietary sulfur. It is found in body fluids and tissues. About half of the body's supply of sulfur is located in the muscles, skin and bones. The body requires organic sulfur to function properly.
A deficiency of dietary MSM impedes the body's ability to promote cell growth and development. The body continues to produce new cells throughout the day and night. If adequate amounts of MSM are not available, a poor quality of cells may be developed. This in turn leaves the body susceptible to many ailments as it cannot heal itself.
MSM has also been found to enhance the availability of vitamin C and other antioxidant nutrients helping to protect the body from disease. The antioxidants help the immune system function more efficiently allowing for the body to heal itself. (Louise Tenney, Today's Herbal Health: The Essential Reference Guide, (Pleasant Grove, Utah: Woodland Publishing, Inc., 2000) 153-155.)
Sulfur, one of the most abundant minerals in the body, is a component of amino acids (methionine, cysteine, taurine), vitamins (B1, biotin), hormones (insulin), coenzymes (coenzyme A) and antioxidants (glutathione, N-acetylcysteine, alpha lipoic acid). Because sulfur is necessary to build "disulfide bonds," which hold together tissue, it forms part of the body's physical structure, including protein, collagen, glucosamine, skin and nails.
Ultimate MSM, taken orally, can relieve pain and inflammation in muscles and joints. Many of the components of joints are made from collagen and glucosamine, both of which are sulfur-dependent. (Challem, Jack, "MSM: The Newest Arthritis Cure", 1-4.)
MSM is an odorless, water-soluble, white crystalline material that supplies a bioavailable form of dietary sulfur, which plays a major role in stabilizing and promoting numerous body functions. MSM is responsible for the flexible bond between cells, including those that make up the skin. It acts to block undesirable chemical and physical cross-linking or bonding of collagen which is associated with tough, aging skin. Approximately half of the total body sulfur is concentrated in the body's muscles, skin, and bones. It is present in keratin, the tough substance in the skin, nails and hair. Sulfur is necessary for making collagen, the primary constituent of cartilage and connective tissue, but it is also responsible for the conformation of body proteins through the formation of disulfide bonds, which hold connective tissue together. MSM does this in conjunction with vitamins and amino acids, and the process is going on 24 hours of every day. The body never stops making new cells, and this calls for an unceasing supply of MSM and all other essential nutrients. Tests conducted with laboratory animals indicated that wound healing occurred faster with a group receiving MSM, but even faster with both MSM and vitamin C supplementation. Beth M. Ley, in her book, MSM: Our Way Back to Health With Sulfur, lists common signs of sulfur deficiency, including slow wound healing, scar tissue, brittle hair or nails, gastrointestinal problems, arthritis, acne, depression, and more. "The body is in a constant state of repair, but if we do not have all the necessary 'parts'", says Ley, the body will "produce weak, dysfunctional cells."
HHN's Ultimate MSM contains high doses of this incredible organic, sulfur compound. Also, two forms of high quality Vitamin C are formulated along side the MSM to increase the efficiency of cell growth and over-all function. Calcium Ascorbate is the best source of efficient Vitamin C available on the market today. Lastly, HHN's Homeopathic Cell Salt Blend is added to provide the body a more efficient absorption rate of the minerals and vitamins through the cell walls and membranes.