The link between OptiMSM and optimal joint and cartilage health

When it comes to supporting health, the first body parts we tend to prioritize are our vital organs, namely, our heart, kidneys, liver, brain and lungs. This is understandable, as these organs perform many functions that are crucial to our survival. But there’s an organ system that needs the same amount of care and support we give to our vital organs, as it serves as our body’s support structure. This system is also responsible for protecting our organs, connecting various tissues, supporting our weight and giving us mobility. This network of different body parts is known as the musculoskeletal system. [1]

Our musculoskeletal system is composed of 206 bones, smooth cartilage, three different types of joints and our main connective tissues, i.e., tendons and ligaments. Our bones shield our vital organs and nerves from injury and serve as storage for minerals like calcium and phosphorus. Red and white blood cells are also produced in our bone marrow. Ligaments connect the ends of our bones together to form joints, while fibrous tendons flank these joints on each side, connecting them to muscles that control their movement. [2][3]

Depending on their type, joints could either allow a wide range of motion (movable), limit some movement (partly movable) or prohibit bones from moving at all (immovable). [4] Your elbows, shoulders and knees are examples of movable joints, while the joints in your rib cage are partly movable. The joints between your skull bones are perfect examples of immovable joints.

The ends of our bones are covered with an elastic tissue called cartilage. Besides preventing our bones from rubbing together, cartilage also cushions them against impact and keeps our joint motion fluid. [5] As part of our joints, cartilage needs to be tough yet flexible at the same time, so it is not as rigid as our bones. It also doesn’t have any nerves or blood vessels to supply it with nutrients, so the cells that make up cartilage divide very slowly and are incapable of healing well once damaged.

This is one of the main reasons why our joints are considered to be the weakest parts of our musculoskeletal system. Because of the nature of cartilage, it is prone to damage caused by injury or the normal wear and tear that comes with age. When cartilage wears away – as what usually happens in osteoarthritis – the friction between our bones causes excruciating pain. It also triggers joint swelling, tenderness and stiffness, all of which can severely limit our movement. [6]

According to the Arthritis Foundation, joint inflammation is the leading cause of disability in America. [7] This is why, aside from our vital organs, we also need to invest in the health of our joints and cartilage.

 Methylsulfonylmethane and why you need it

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is a naturally occurring compound that’s present in some fruits and vegetables, grains, milk and algae. It is one of the main components of the Earth’s sulfur cycle, which starts with the production of dimethylsulfoniopropionate (DMSP) by marine microorganisms like phytoplanktons and algae. DMSP is converted into dimethyl sulfide (DMS) in the oceans and aerosolized. In the atmosphere, DMS contributes to increased condensation and cloud formation. [8]

Atmospheric DMS is oxidized by ozone or ultraviolet radiation to form dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), which is cycled back to Earth in the form of DMS or MSM. MSM is then absorbed by plants from the soil or used by beneficial bacteria to remediate soil. Because it is 34% elemental sulfur, MSM is considered a great source of organic sulfur. [9]

The human body requires sulfur for the production of important biomolecules, such as the sulfur-containing amino acids (SCAA): cysteine, homocysteine and taurine. Methionine, the only other SCAA, is an essential amino acid, so you can only get it from certain foods. Of these four SCAAs, only methionine and cysteine are used by your body as building blocks for various proteins. [10][11]

As a source of rapidly absorbed sulfur, MSM can support your production of sulfur-containing molecules. A study published in the journal Nutrients also found that regular supplementation with MSM can help spare your body’s stores of methionine and cysteine. As your body’s primary sources of sulfur, these SCAAs are in high demand, but their functions are not limited to only providing this important mineral. [12]

Thanks to MSM’s chemical composition, it can easily supply your body with readily available sulfur. This frees up more methionine and cysteine for your body to use in critical metabolic processes. [13] Another good thing about MSM’s abundance of sulfur is that it can maintain optimal production of a protein that’s vital for the health of your cartilage and joints: collagen. [14] 

Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body. One of its main functions is to provide structure to your skin and bones. As one of the proteins that make up cartilage, collagen also helps maintain its integrity.In fact, experts say it may even help maintain healthy cartilage as you age, which is important for keeping your joints healthy. [15][16]

Sulfur is crucial for collagen synthesis. As a cofactor, or helper molecule, sulfur helps stabilize newly produced pro-collagens so they can be converted to a useable form. [17][18] By providing your body with metabolically active sulfur, MSM supports your natural production of collagen, which benefits your joints, bones and skin.

The sulfur supplied by MSM can also be metabolized to form sulfate. This salt is an important component of major structural molecules, such as glucosamine sulfate. [19]Glucosamine sulfate is a precursor for the production of glycosaminoglycans, which are used to form large carbohydrate-rich structures called proteoglycans. An integral component of joint cartilage, proteoglycans are responsible for maintaining optimal cartilage health. [20][21]

Sulfur is also an important component of other biomolecules besides those that make up your cartilage. [22] Keratin, a protective protein that gives strength, shape and hardness to your skin, hair and nails, is known for its high sulfur content. The sulfur-containing amino acids, methionine and cysteine, also serve as precursors for glutathione synthesis. [23] Also called the “master antioxidant,” glutathione is a powerful molecule produced in your liver that helps protect your cells from harmful free radicals. Oxidative stress caused by free radicals is extremely damaging to your joints. MSM may help combat free radicals by supporting your body’s natural production of glutathione.

On top of neutralizing free radicals, glutathione is also important for immune function. According to a study published in the journal Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, white blood cells called lymphocytes, need healthy amounts of glutathione to function optimally. [24] By providing sulfur for the healthy production of cysteine, which is needed for glutathione synthesis, MSM can also promote optimal immune function.

To wrap this up, here’s a recap of the benefits offered by MSM:*

  • It helps maintain healthy joints and cartilage
  • It supports healthy hair, skin and nails
  • It promotes your production of sulfur-containing biomolecules
  • It supports optimal immune function
  • It supports your body’s production of glutathione

Where to get pure, clean, high-quality MSM supplements

Your mobility depends on the health of your bones, muscles, joints and connective tissues. As you age, your body’s ability to maintain these tissues declines, so you need to supplement with different nutrients to keep these body parts healthy, strong and functioning properly. One way of doing this is to ensure that you get sufficient amounts of sulfur from your diet, as this mineral is important for the integrity of many structural molecules, especially those that make up your cartilage and joints.

A unique compound composed of 34% elemental sulfur, MSM is a great source of metabolically active organic sulfur. Chief Originals OptiMSM is made using a multi-stage filtration process that ensures 99.9% pure, lab-verified MSM. Our premium MSM capsules and powder offer the best of MSM supplements and can provide you with a convenient way of meeting your daily sulfur requirement.

Whether you’re an athlete or a regular gym-goer, Chief Originals OptiMSM can help you maintain healthy joints and cartilage by supporting your production of important sulfur-containing, structural biomolecules. These molecules also play important roles in the healthy function of your immune system and the maintenance of your skin, hair and nails. But because MSM is only present in small amounts in certain foods, it can’t be isolated directly from natural sources. The MSM in supplements has to be created in the laboratory using sulfur as an elemental source.

But rest assured that Chief Originals OptiMSM are the cleanest MSM supplements on the market and offer unmatched purity and safety. It is lab verified by the Health Ranger Store’s Consumer Wellness Lab to contain no contaminants, fillers, preservatives or additives of any kind. Our high-quality MSM supplements are non-GMO, certified Kosher and non-shellfish-derived, so they don’t contain any allergens and are suitable for vegans. And as you’ve come to expect from any product in the Health Ranger Store, our MSM supplements are lab tested for glyphosate, heavy metals and other contaminants.

Support the health of your joints and ensure optimal immune function with high-quality, lab-verified MSM supplements today!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to treat, cure or diagnose any diseases.

References

[1] https://my.clevelandclinic.org/

[2] https://www.disabled-world.com/

[3] https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/

[4] https://www.visiblebody.com/

[5] https://www.summitortho.com/

[6] https://www.mayoclinic.org/

[7] https://www.arthritis.org/

[8]https://www.mdpi.com/

[9]https://www.medicinenet.com/

[10]https://academic.oup.com/

[11]https://www.healthline.com/

[12]https://www.mdpi.com/

[13] https://www.nutritionaloutlook.com/

[14]https://www.versusarthritis.org

[15] https://www.healthline.com/

[16] https://www.pennmedicine.org/

[17] http://ffaa.org/

[18] https://blog.designsforhealth.com/

[19] https://www.eonutrition.co.uk/

[20] https://www.goodliferx.com/

[21] https://www.sciencedirect.com/

[22] https://www.sulphurinstitute.org/

[23] https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/

[24] https://www.cambridge.org/

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