MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) is a sulphur compound found in the body and in certain foods in small quantities. MSM contains sulphur, a naturally occurring mineral which is important for joint flexibility, cellular functions, hair growth, and other bodily functions. It is available as a supplement in pill, flakes, capsule and powder forms.
MSM is advertised as beneficial for hair loss, and for increasing hair growth because it is said to support healthy cell production and tissue repair, making the body produce more new cells. Some ads speak of it as a miracle anti-aging cure. It helps boost hair growth by repairing damaged hair follicles and the scalp. A healthy scalp is vital in growing healthy hair. Dietary sulphur is known to have a beneficial effect on the production of collagen and keratin. Therefore, MSM can help if there is insufficient sulphur in the diet.
Does MSM work?
Like many supplements, there are different views regarding MSM’s effectiveness as a hair loss cure. While doctors cite the fact that there have been no peer-reviewed studies documenting MSM’s success in the prevention or slowing down of hair loss, many users of MSM swear by it and claim a visible, noticeable improvement in the condition of their hair and skin. As sulphur certainly plays a part in the production of hair, there could be a benefit in maintaining a healthy level of sulphur in the diet by eating sulphur-rich foods like egg yolks, grains, fruits and vegetables, or by taking MSM regularly
Applied topically, it can repair an inflamed scalp and deliver nutrients directly to the follicles, encouraging new, thick hair growth. MSM is often used topically to treat skin ailments, such as scar tissue. Burn victims have reported a significant reduction in scars after using MSM. This is due to MSM’s effectiveness in healthy cell production.
As MSM is a naturally occurring substance, it is generally considered safe to use by most people (those not specifically allergic to sulphur). It is also generally agreed that it is safe to take a high daily dosage of MSM, as there have been no documented cases of a harmful overdose. It is best to start at 1000 milligrams a day and slowly increase the dose to 4000 milligrams a day.
MSM for treatment of hair loss
As MSM targets cell regeneration, it is a product suited for treating hair loss caused by traction alopecia. It is a condition where hair follicles are directly affected by physical pull exerted on them over time. This pull damages the follicles in the affected area so that they stop producing new hair. Taking MSM can encourage cell regeneration, resulting in the follicles ending their dormant phase and producing new hairs again.
What’s the best way to take MSM?
MSM is available in flake, capsule, tablet and powder form, as well as topical lotions and creams. The powder is recommended because it’s most easily absorbed when taken orally and is also the most versatile: It can be mixed into your own shampoo or conditioner and applied topically on the hair and scalp as well. However it is important that the dose consumed is adequately measured or weighed.
MSM works best when taken with vitamin C and water intake should be increased to help the body flush out dead cells and toxins that are being expelled from the body.
Although further tests need to be done to satisfy medical practitioners of the effectiveness of MSM in treating hair loss, anecdotal evidence seems to suggest it is effective for a significant number of users. People who’ve taken MSM for other conditions, such as joint pain, noticed an unexpected significant increase in their hair growth. MSM is also a popular choice for patients of hair transplant surgery. MSM can be taken in conjunction with other hair loss treatments and is definitely a good product to add to any hair loss, or hair thinning treatment regimen.
Although MSM is widely available in health food and vitamin stores and on the Internet, attention should be paid to quality. Find a brand that is free of pollutants and additives which is achieved through distillation in the manufacturing process. Always buy brands that are third– party tested and certified for quality and consistency.
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