Could someone tell me as to what MSM is? I have heard a lot of people mention that they are taking it to treat here hair loss and increase hair growth.
The following response is provided by our very active discussion forum member – “Cousin It”. Thank you Cousin It.
MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) is a compound derived from DMSO. Back in the 70’s DMSO was thought to be a “cure all” of many conditions, from arthritis to constipation, anything that ailed could be helped by this substance. Though it does have a basis in medicine for conditions such a cystitis (bladder infection) it did not live up to its claims.
Anyway, it was found the body converted a portion of DMSO into MSM. Chemists believed this was the active component responsible for these “medical miracles” so they began synthesizing this compound as the next “miracle” supplement. Simply put it is a sulfur compound thought to have beneficial effect on several processes. One of its so called benefits was faster hair and nail growth. Some people swear by it, while some find it does nothing. No actual scientific studies had been done to prove its efficacy. The usual dose ranges from 1-3 grams, some scientists argue it is innocuous, simply a way of supplementing sulfur, while others contend long term use may not be safe.