Tuesday, March 6, 2012

MSM For Hair

MSM For Hair

What is MSM? Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is the third (tied with potassium) most abundant mineral in the body. MSM is sulphur. Many people never hear the need for sulphur like we do with other minerals such as calcium. This is unfortunate because its very important for our health.

What foods contain MSM? Sulphur is found in garlic, onions, vegetables, and other natural plant foods. It is also found in some animal products. The best source of sulphur though is MSM which is available as a supplement in powder or tablet form.

Can we rely on food to get MSM? If we lived in nature and only ate raw wild foods then yes we probably could get all the organic sulphur that we need. Unfortunately, sulphur is chemically altered and destroyed when foods are processed, heated, or dehydrated. Most Americans are eating cooked and processed foods. This would logically mean that most people are very deficient in sulphur. This means that most of our food is deficient in organic sulphur. We need to make a conscious effort to replace this very precious mineral in our bodies on a daily basis if we are to expect a healthier body which includes healthier hair.

How does MSM help your hair? Sulfur helps the body to form keratin, the protein that makes up the main part of the outermost layers of your hair and nails. It is a tough, fibrous protein that is very resilient to the effects of damaging chemicals and other harmful agents. Each strand of hair has its own keratin supply, which is stored in the root. Sulfur is also contained in biotin, a B vitamin that is essential for shiny hair and strong nails. You may be interested to know that the natural inclination of hair to be straight or curly is maintained in part by the sulfur amino acids. MSM benefits dry scalp and hair and improves nail growth and benefits your cuticles and nails. My nails are nice and strong now along with being whiter!

My experience with MSM on Male Pattern Baldness? I have noticed that when I take large amounts of MSM my hair grows much faster. I have taken MSM for many years. In my experience MSM definitely helps to slow down male pattern baldness as it keeps the hair stronger and thicker. It is definitely something you should consider adding into your diet in your fight against baldness. There are many other benefits of MSM, but today were just talking about how it helps the hair.

Will MSM help me grow my hair faster? Absolutely! Nothing works better for growing the hair than MSM as far as I am aware. If you want to have faster and thicker hair then absolutely start taking MSM.

How do I know if I have a deficieny of MSM? Some common deficiency symptoms would include slow wound healing, scar tissue, arthritis, joint disorders, skin problems, and of course thin/slow growing hair and nails. Most people have these symptoms if they are honest with themselves.

Why don't doctors recommend MSM? Very few doctors will, because the American Medical Association does not endorse, nor do the Pharmaceutical Companies produce, MSM. This does not mean that there is NO cure for your disease, there certainly may very well be, and it may have existed from the beginning of time itself. This only means that within the politics of the current medical bureaucracy, doctors are instructed to tell you that there in NO cure for your disease.

What happens if my body doesn't get enough sulfur?
Sulfur is found naturally in the human body. Sulfur is stored in every cell of the body. Your body won't be able to repair or replace damaged tissue fast enough. If this occurs, the body compensates by producing abnormal cells that may lead to illness and disease. You will also experience a sensitivity to pain. Sulfur deficiencies are also associated with gastrointestinal problems, a poor immune system, arthritis, and rheumatism, memory loss and acne. It can also lead to brittle nails and hair, dermatological problems and dry skin.

What are the available forms of MSM? MSM comes in forms of capsules, crystals, flakes, powder, tablets, lotion and gel. In my experience I have found that taking the powder or crystals is the best form to take and easiest.

How much MSM should I take and in what form? You should take whatever form is convenient for you. You should always take the least possible amount of msm that gives you the relief you desire. Drink lots of water with msm. For first time users of MSM, it is better to take with meals to help prevent heartburn. First time users start at a low level and build up. Try 500-1000 mg (eighth to a quarter teaspoon) per day. Take it for that way for one week then increase it another a little more. Once you have taken it a long time you will be able to take it without food. The recommended dosage is 2,000 to 6,000 mg. per day. Please be aware that a single dose of MSM will not help! The recommended dosage for a person weighing 150 lbs. should begin by taking 1/2 teaspoon once in the morning and mid afternoon. MSM needs to be taken for at least 1-2 weeks or even up to two month before you may see results. When MSM is taken by mouth with meals whether it be capsule, crystal, flake, powder or tablet form, the body will distribute MSM where it is needed. The precise dose of MSM is not really that critical. For the first week or two, larger doses of MSM may be needed to compensate for an extreme deficiency and depending on your situation . For general maintenance start out slow, take 1/2 teaspoon 2-3 times a day. then take more each day until you build up to 6,000 mg. Then once you see improvements continue same dosage for about 1 month, then reduce intake as general maintenance (1/2 teaspoon 2-3 times a day).

What does some experts say about baldness? David Wolfe who is an expert in superfoods and nutrition says this about MSM, " Another thing that I want to mention in that regard, sulfur. MSM it just goes to work at getting that connective tissue all rebuilt. MSM is ultimately a Jing tonic in the Chinese medicine understanding it gets the container back in order and it builds thick strong hair. Lets talk about dosage of MSM because I've had people come to me and say, I took MSM and it didn’t work. Its like, have you taken 10,000mg of MSM every day for three months?

LF: 10,000mg? That’s like a…

DW: 10,000mg like if you wanna really hit it, that’s the level you’ve gotta hit it. Now you don’t start there but you build up to that and you work that for awhile until you are saturated and that’s…

LF: …is that like a shovel full?

DW: It’s a massive amount.

LF: Wow.

DW: Its like a golf, we used to call them MSM golf balls and you just put it in your mouth and you just down it with water and you just go through that process but its an amazing cleanser that’s why you ramp up, you start off small, you just you know 500mg and then you do 1,000 the next week and 2,000 the week after that, then 3,000, 4,000, 5,000, just build your way up until you are just massively saturated your body with that stuff and then you do that for 3, 4, 5, 6 months and then back down to say 2,000mg or something at the maintenance dose."

Does this advice really work? I have done this before and can honestly say it does work.

What is jing? According to Wikipedia it states:

Jīng (Chinese: 精; Wade-Giles: ching1) is the Chinese word for "essence", specifically kidney essence. Along with and shén, it is considered one of the Three Treasures Sanbao 三寶 of Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM. Jīng is stored in the kidneys and is the most dense physical matter within the body (as opposed to shén which is the most volatile). It is said to be the material basis for the physical body and is yīn in nature, which means it nourishes, fuels, and cools the body. As such it is an important concept in the internal martial arts. Jīng is also believed by some to be the carrier of our heritage (similar to DNA). Production of semen, in the man, and menstrual blood (or pregnancy), in the woman, are believed to place the biggest strains on jīng. Because of this, some even equate jīng with semen, but this is inaccurate; the jīng circulates through the 8 extraordinary vessels and creates marrow and semen, among other functions.[1]

One is said to be born with a set amount of jīng (pre-natal jīng, also sometimes called yuan qi) and also can acquire jīng from food and various forms of stimulation (exercise, study, meditation.) Theoretically, jīng is consumed continuously in life; by everyday stress, illness, substance abuse, sexual intemperance, etc. Pre-natal jīng by definition cannot be renewed, and it is said it is completely consumed upon dying.

How does jing effect hair loss/baldness? Basically the more you use up jing the more you lose that essence/energy that your born with and thus it has a negative impact on your hair. When you are young and have a lot of jing you have a full head of thick hair. As you get older and go through life you start using up a lot of that jing.

Does MSM help build up jing? Yes taking MSM acts as a jing tonic. It will help build that jing(energy/essence) back up.

Whats a really high quality brand of MSM? I would say the sunfood brand of MSM is very high quality.

What does sunfood say about there MSM?

Opti-MSM is of US Origin and processed using the distillation method.
MSM (Methyl-Sulfonyl-Methane) is a naturally-occuring form of dietary sulfur found in fresh, raw foods and rain water. Sulfur is a vital mineral that is needed by the body for normal structure and function. It makes up the protein and connective tissue that comprises our body mass, assists enzymes in performing chemical reactions, and protects us from oxidative stress and harmful effects of toxicity. MSM softens leathery internal tissues by rebuilding connective tissue with elastic sulfur bonds. MSM increases flexibility, hastens recovery time from sore muscles, and is excellent for recovery from athletic injuries.
MSM is found throughout nature but is most notably a component of rainwater. It all starts when tiny plankton in the oceans give off a gas called dimethylsulfide (DMS). DMS rises into the atmosphere where it reacts with sunlight and oxygen. The DMS is oxidized and MSM is created. Water droplets in clouds absorb the MSM and return it to the Earth in the form of rain.
Traditionally MSM has come into the human diet by drinking rainwater or by eating foods watered primarily by rain. It can also be absorbed through skin by direct contact with rainwater. But modern living and food production leave most people with very little contact with rainwater. Most crops are watered by irrigation or are grown in greenhouses and both techniques can leave foods lacking natural amounts of bio-available sulfur.
Sunfood MSM is extracted from natural sources and is extensively tested to be free of contaminants. Some low quality MSM is created using solvents that can result in toxic by-products.
Below you can purchase high quality MSM! Just click on the link or picture and you will be taken to purchase! :)
MSM Powder - 16oz (OptiMSM SUNFOOD BRAND)

Sunfood MSM Powder in Capsules - 400 Vegi Caps

If you would like to spend a little less on MSM here are some other good brands of high quality MSM!
Doctor's Best, Best MSM Powder (1 gram / serving), 250-Grams

Jarrow Formulas MSM Sulfur, 1000mg, 200 Capsules

I want to personally thank everyone for taking the time to read this article. I really hope that it will benefit you! Please feel free to share my information with others. I would love it if you could comment or share your stories about how MSM has helped you. Just comment in the section below! Please like, favorite, and share! :-)
If any of you need extra help with MSM please get in contact with me!


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  2. I believe the coarse flakes are the best form of MSM. It has no additives. The anti-caking agents such as silicon dioxide which is in the pills, capsules, and powders interfere with absorption. You will ser results with the other forms but it won't be as good as with MSM with no additives.