Do you know someone who suffers the debilitating pain of osteoarthritis? What about asthma, allergies, rheumatism, tendonitis, fibromyalgia, poor nail and hair growth, eczema, dermatitis, acne, gout, bursitis, scleroderma, lupus, constipation, impaired mental faculties, low libido? These are all possible signs of sulfur deficiency. And if so, Sulfurzyme, with a key ingredient – MSM – is going to be of interest to you. I mentioned Sulfurzyme in our previous article on nutritional balance. I’ve also mentioned MSM in previous articles on essential oils for skin and hair. We’ll come back to these shortly.

So What is MSM?

MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) is a sulfur bearing compound found widely in nature (fresh fruit, vegetables, milk,fish and grains), and it’s an excellent source of nutritional sulfur which according to researchers Ronald Lawrence, Ph.D., M.D., and Stanley Jacob, M.D., has helped hundreds of patients.

In their book, The Miracle of MSM: The Natural solution for pain (1999), Lawrence and Jacob have compiled research showing that MSM is a safe, natural solution for back pain, tendonitis, chronic headaches, fibromyalgia, rheumatism, arthritis, athletic injuries, muscle spasms, asthma, and allergies. One example of a patient they helped treat with MSM was a 70- year-old woman who was suffering from severe arthritis. Using MSM this woman was actually able to postpone the need for a double knee replacement. After only two months on MSM, she was walking again with much less pain and stiffness. And MSM users haven’t experienced side effects such as fluid retention and immune suppression, that they might have with something like cortisone.

Stanley Jacobs goes as far as to say that there may be no better or safer non-surgical back pain therapy than MSM. [1] Jacob said: “I have seen several hundred patients for back pain secondary to osteoarthritis, disc degeneration, spinal misalignments, or accidents. For such painrelated conditions, MSM is usually beneficial.” Another chiropractor, Richard Shaefer of Wheeling, Illinois backed this up, saying: “I have been recommending MSM for more than six months. The results have been excellent. I consistently see major reduction in pain and inflammation in arthritic joints, along with improved range of motion. I can’t think of a single individual who isn’t getting some kind of positive effect.” [2]

Other benefits to MSM – More energy, healthier skin, nails and hair

Some of the other benefits that patients using MSM have reported include: thicker hair, healthier nails and skin, disappearance of scar tissue and even an increase in stamina and energy. Lou Salyer of Tucson, Arizona had this to say: “For a long while I have had the blahs. I had no stamina. I had to force myself to get things done around the house. After two days on MSM, it was like a blast of energy. I am amazed at how much I get done now.” [3] And for Dr Jacob, colds and flus are a thing of the past – “Prior to taking MSM (30 grams a day for 20 years), I would have a cold or flu two or three times a year. Since I’ve been taking MSM, I’ve not had a single cold or the flu. I can’t say that MSM prevented my cold or the flu, but it is a fascinating observation.” [4]

Sulfur is a key element needed by the human body, providing a building block for hair, nails and skin..MSM is able to relieve pain because it can equalize water pressure inside our cells. When water pressure within our cells is greater than outside them, we experience pain. MSM acts as a kind of safety valve, preventing damage to tissue. It also helps restore flexibility to skin tissue. Normally as we age and our bodies start to become sulfur-deficient, we lose that flexibility and so we experience skin wrinkles.

Sulfurzyme – the best way to utilise MSM

Sulfurzyme, produced by Young Living, has in fact been endorsed by Dr Ronald Lawrence – “Young Living has the best researched products in the alternative health industry. Their MSM formula is a mainstay in my medical practice”

It not only contains MSM, it includes FOS (Fructooligosaccharides), Ningxia Wolfberries and the essential oil Copaiba.

FOS is a nutrient that has been documented to promote the growth of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria, organisms vital to human health. FOS has also been clinically shown to increase magnesium and calcium absorption, lower blood glucose levels, LDL cholesterol levels and inhibit production of reductase enzymes that can contribute to cancer. In addition because FOS increases magnesium absorption, it may also improve cardio-vascular health and lower blood pressure.[5]

The Ningxia wolfberry contains minerals and coenzymes that support the metabolism of sulfur, in addition to boosting the immune system.

A more recent addition to the formula is Copaiba essential oil. Copaiba grows wild in the Amazon. Copaiba contains high levels of beta caryophyllene, gamma elemene and alpha humalene, compounds that work to reduce inflammation and irritation in the body. Joint inflammation ultimately destroys the cartilage in our bodies. So combining Copaiba with MSM, which builds up joint cartilage strength, you have this incredible synergy.

There’s so much more that could be written about MSM and Sulfurzyme. I have only touched briefly on how Young Living have combined MSM with skin and hair care products, so at the end of this article you’ll find a short reading list. The most obvious one to get is Lawrence and Jacob’s book, however if you want something more brief, there’s a link to a lecture given by Dr Ronald Lawrence. If you’d like more information on Young Living’s MSM products, or how to obtain them, please contact us.

Till Next Time



Further Reading:

The Miracle of MSM: The Natural Solution for Pain , Stanley W Jacob, M.D., Ronald M. Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D, and Martin Zucker, Berkley Trade. 1999

Sulfurzyme and Powermeal, Dr Ronald Lawrence, Scottsdale, Arizona 1999

MSM offers many health benefits, by Alex Malinsky, Natural Health News, Nov 5 2010

Sulfur (MSM): a basic essential nutrient needed now, more than ever before, Natural Health and Longevity Resource Center

Disclaimer: Please remember that anything discussed here does not
constitute medical advice and cannot substitute for appropriate medical care. Where essential oils are mentioned, it’s recommended you use only pure, unadulterated therapeutic grade essential oils and follow the safety directions of the manufacturer.

[1] Essential Oils Desk Reference, 4th Edition, Essential Science Publishing, Sept 2007, p512

[2] Ibid, p513

[3] Ibid, p513

[4] Ibid, p513

[5] Ibid, p206

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