We have written extensively about the importance of adding organic sulfur to your diet over the past few years, and many of our readers have followed that advice with astounding results. Organic sulfur (MSM) is a foundational mineral needed to build, repair, rejuvenate, nourish, and cleanse the cells of your body. What we haven’t written about is how using sulfur in conjunction with vitamin C amplifies the benefits of both of these nutrients significantly.We have been using the analogy of sulfur being like a locomotive freight train because sulfur functions in the soil and your body similarly to how a locomotive freight train pulls all the other box cars down the tracks. Without proper amounts of sulfur in the soil, or your diet, every other mineral and nutrient sits on the tracks waiting for the locomotive to either pull them from the soil into the plants, or from your bloodstream into your cells.
We have been using the analogy of sulfur being like a locomotive freight train because sulfur functions in the soil and your body similarly to how a locomotive freight train pulls all the other box cars down the tracks. Without proper amounts of sulfur in the soil, or your diet, every other mineral and nutrient sits on the tracks waiting for the locomotive to either pull them from the soil into the plants, or from your bloodstream into your cells.
While sulfur is a key transportation nutrient, vitamin C is a vital antioxidant that protects your cells from harmful free radical damage and supports your immune system in a number of unique ways. Most of the cutting-edge researchers promoting sulfur recommend taking MSM and vitamin C together because they understand that, in conjunction, they have a much more profound effect on your overall health than they do separately. Sulfur opens up your cells and makes them more permeable so the things they need to survive and replicate get in there, and vitamin C is like a master swordsman that slices and dices the cellular enemies that don’t belong in there.
Why Has Sulfur Supplementation Become So Popular?
Sulfur is the sixth most abundant macro mineral in breast milk and the third most abundant mineral based on a percentage of total body weight. [i] While the dietary supplement market is saturated with thousands of different products claiming to promote better health, none can match what sulfur alone can do for alleviating so many different ailments in such a short period of time.
Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), better known as organic sulfur, has been researched and studied extensively for decades. Using sulfur as an adjunct in your daily diet is becoming more recognized as one of the primary ways to stay healthy and/or recover from poor health. Sulfur is present in over 150 different chemical compounds within the human body, making it the most valuable building mineral our bodies need. There are sulfur components in virtually every type of cell, so it’s extremely essential to make sure you are getting enough in your diet on a regular basis.
The sulfur-containing amino acids (SAAs) are methionine, cysteine, cystine, homocysteine, and taurine. Increases in serum sulfate may explain some of the therapeutic effects of MSM, DMSO, and glucosamine sulfate. Organic sulfur, as SAAs, can be used to increase synthesis of S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe), glutathione (GSH), taurine, and N-acetylcysteine (NAC). MSM may be effective for the treatment of allergy, pain syndromes, athletic injuries, and bladder disorders. Other sulfur compounds such as SAMe, dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO), taurine, glucosamine or chondroitin sulfate, and increased glutathione may also have clinical applications in the treatment of a number of conditions such as depression, fibromyalgia, arthritis, interstitial cystitis, athletic injuries, congestive heart failure, diabetes, cancer, and AIDS. [ii]
Sulfur is becoming more widely appreciated as a really significant nutrient, without which many other things won’t work correctly. Sadly, most people are not getting enough sulfur from their diet anymore. Sulfur plays a crucial role in detoxification, delivery of nutrients, and also in inflammatory related conditions. Sulfur is necessary for the production of one of the most important antioxidants that your body produces: Glutathione. Without sulfur, glutathione cannot work. We could write an entire report just on glutathione alone and how critical it is for overall antioxidant health and longevity.
Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is a natural source of organic sulfur (34%). It is a natural occurring essential nutrient which is lost through the refining and processing of our food and the use of pesticides and chemicals with our crops. Studies have shown that it:
- Helps detoxify the body
- Enhances the transportation and delivery of nutrients from food to your cells
- Helps with overall circulation
- Reduces inflammation, chronic pain and joint related problems
- Makes skin, hair and nails grow healthier and faster
- Relieves allergies without side effects
- Reduces lactic acid build-up (less muscle soreness and cramping after exercise)
- Relieves chronic fatigue and much more…
Why Should Someone Be Concerned About Sulfur, Aren’t They Getting Enough From Food?
In a perfect world, you would and should be able to obtain all of the sulfur you need from the foods you eat. However, we are not in a perfect world, and you have to take several important factors into consideration.
- We are undergoing a massive chemical assault on a broad variety of our foods from pesticides and chemical based fertilizers, not to mention what’s in our water, air and cosmetics. All of these chemicals have a negative effect on sulfur and other nutrients, both in the soil and in our bodies. The same way that sulfur works as a delivery and transport mineral in our bodies to usher nutrition into your cells is the same thing it does in the soil. Sulfur hooks up with all of the nutritional elements in the soil and drives them from the dirt into the roots of the plants. The extensive application of pesticides and chemical based fertilizers have greatly interfered with this sulfur cycle. That means that our diets are devoid of a comprehensive range of minerals and nutrients, including sulfur, because modern farming practices have hindered this natural process from taking place correctly.
- Refined and processed foods contain almost no usable sulfur. Given the fact that the vast majority of people are eating far too many refined and processed foods which have had their natural nutritional components basically stripped out entirely, there is no possible way you can expect to receive sufficient sulfur or other essential minerals to ward off disease unless you supplement your diet. When talking about processed foods, we also need to include pasteurized foods too. When cooked at high temperatures, sulfur simply wafts off in the steam. That’s why it’s easily removed during cooking and processing. Pasteurization cuts the MSM content by approximately 50 percent. In order to ensure you’re getting the most MSM from any food, it must be either raw or as minimally processed as possible, which is highly unlikely for the majority of people living today in America. [iii]
Look at this list of medical conditions that sulfur can help benefit or alleviate, and this is by no means complete.
Skin Disorders: MSM has a tremendous influence on acne, psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, rashes, liver spots, wrinkles, and other skin disorders. The sulfur compound in MSM has an anti-inflammatory and skin-repairing effects, which may be useful for inflammatory skin conditions.
Sulfur is called nature’s “beauty mineral” because it keeps skin smooth and youthful and hair glossy. Sulfur is essential for the production of collagen and keratin, proteins needed for the health and maintenance of skin, nails and hair. Several experiments have shown that dermatological disorders, including those that are allergy-related, respond favorably to a diet supplemented by MSM. [iv]
Allergies: One of the fastest acting and most noticeable aspects of organic sulfur is its effect on alleviating symptoms of allergies almost immediately and without side effects. Over-the-counter allergy medications are some of the largest class of drugs sold by pharmaceutical companies, so this is an epidemic problem that needs a better solution than potentially deadly drugs that over 35 million Americans rely on regularly for relief. You owe it to yourself to give MSM a try if you haven’t already. MSM may be as effective as any anti-histamine available on the market. Sulfur does not act as an anti-histamine substance that inhibits histamine production. Its effectiveness is due to its ability to block the receptivity of histamine in the sensitive tissue of the mucous membranes of nasal passages. This process is believed to prevent the histamine from creating the inflammation, swelling, and fluid build-up that can come with allergies. Sulfur also helps to kill candida and re-establish healthy gut flora which are also culprits in causing allergies. Below is a study worth pointing out that should give allergy sufferers a lot of hope.
A Multi-Centered, Open Label Trial on the Safety and Efficacy of Methylsulfonylmethane in the Treatment of Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis
Fifty participants completed the study. They consumed 2,600 mg of MSM orally per day for 30 days. Clinical respiratory symptoms and energy levels were evaluated by a Seasonal Allergy Symptom Questionnaire at the beginning of the study and again on days-7, 14, 21 and 30. Immune and inflammatory reactions were also determined by laboratory tests. After one week, the frequency of upper respiratory signs and symptoms (e.g., runny nose, watery and itchy eyes, nasal obstruction, paroxysmal sneezing) was significantly improved compared to initial levels. At the three-week mark, participants also had significant improvements in lower respiratory symptoms (e.g., coughing, shortness of breath and other lung or chest symptoms). All respiratory improvements were maintained through the 30-day visit. Energy levels increased significantly by day-14, an increase that continued through day-30. Minimal side effects were associated with the use of MSM.
Status: Published, J Altern Complement Med 2002; 8:167–73.[v]
Joint Health/Arthritis: One of the most common uses for MSM has been overall joint health and treating arthritis related conditions. Given the fact that over 16,500 Americans unnecessarily die every year from arthritis medications, it would be wise to consider making MSM a regular part of your diet. Many customers who use MSM for arthritis related conditions have reported much less pain and dramatically increased mobility.
According to the U.S. NIH Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis, and the second most common cause of long-term disability among middle-aged and older adults in the United States. Based on their findings there is evidence to support the use of Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) for arthritis.
A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was conducted that did show positive results. Fifty men and women, 40-76 years of age with knee OA pain were enrolled in an outpatient medical center. Intervention was MSM 3g or placebo twice a day for 12 weeks (6g/day total). Outcomes included the Western Ontario and McMaster University Osteoarthritis Index visual analogue scale (WOMAC), patient and physician global assessments (disease status, response to therapy), and SF-36 (overall health-related quality of life).
The results showed that compared to placebo; MSM produced significant decreases in WOMAC pain and physical function impairment (P<0.05). No notable changes were found in WOMAC stiffness and aggregated total symptoms scores. MSM also produced improvement in performing activities of daily living when compared to placebo on the SF-36 evaluation (P<0.05). [vii]
Inflammation: MSM is an anti-inflammatory agent, and it mitigates abnormal immune reactions that trigger inflammation. MSM has been proven to relieve inflammatory-related pain in the neck, back, hips, knees and shoulders. MSM supplements help treat a variety of inflammatory disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoporosis. Sports injuries and tendonitis can benefit from using MSM. Published, peer-reviewed clinical research in the U.S. has shown MSM to be safe and effective for increasing joint comfort and supporting a healthy range of motion.
Chronic Fatigue & Fibromyalgia: Organic sulfur has shown to minimize, and in some cases eliminate CFS and Fibromyalgia. In the book The Miracle of MSM by Stanley Jacob, chapter nine addresses the effect of MSM on Fibromyalgia. Dr. Jacob presents case histories where it was found that large doses of MSM could not only reduce the pain of fibromyalgia, but even eliminate it in some cases. The patient reports also indicate that the chronic fatigue was reduced or eliminated at the same time. The dose levels for the three successful case histories presented were five, ten and thirty grams per day. [viii]
PMS: Many women using MSM have reported fewer cramps, less PMS, and a general reduction of discomfort during menstruation. About four dozen women experiencing menopause and perimenopause report life was noticeably more pleasant with fewer and much less intense symptoms. In over a dozen reports, including thyroid conditions, hormonal imbalances were gradually eliminated. In many cases, all prescription medication was discontinued (at the member’s own initiative). In four cases, women in early menopause reported feeling much younger, less “stressed”, and began to menstruate again with little discomfort. [ix]
Hair Growth: Organic sulfur can help your hair grow faster and healthier. Sulfur is one of the primary building blocks of hair and nails. MSM helps increase the rate of hair growth because it lengthens the growth phase (Anagen Phase) of the hair cycle. If you want your hair to grow longer use MSM.
“A double-blind, placebo-controlled, pilot trial, performed by Ronald M. Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D., showed that 100% of the subjects using MSM (methyl-sulfonyl-methane), a nutritional supplement that provides biologically active sulfur, showed increased hair growth compared to the group on placebo. Only one subject on placebo showed an increase in hair length. In addition, 30% of the subjects showed improvement in hair brilliance, while none of the subjects on placebo showed such an improvement.” [x]
Metabolism/Weight Loss: Sulfur is an important component in cellular energy production in which glucose is metabolized under the release of energy. Sulfur also helps to clean up the digestive system and eliminate toxins and waste in the digestive system and throughout all the cells of your body. Sulfur is involved in the production of systemic enzymes, which can help with weight loss because these biological enzymes improve digestion, immune function and speed up repair. The simple explanation is that when your cells get the oxygen and nutrition they need and the wastes are being properly eliminated, there is an overall positive metabolic effect that helps with weight management. Inadequate sulfur can reduce the production of systemic enzymes that are involved in so many different biological processes.
Taking Vitamin C With Sulfur Provides Your Body The Ultimate Cellular Protection!
As we have already shown, sulfur (MSM) works synergistically with all of the other nutrients you ingest by drastically enhancing their absorption capacity at the cell level. Sulfur is a vital transportation and delivery mineral that is required to chaperone most minerals, vitamins, and nutrients into your cells. Without adequate sulfur in your diet, your supplement regimen will not perform at peak levels, and sadly, you may just be peeing your hard earned money down the drain.
A lot of the vitamins we take go through the body without being fully used. With more MSM in the body, vitamins and minerals are utilized far more efficiently and therefore become much more beneficial.
Vitamin C is regarded as one of the most potent and effective cell-protecting antioxidants known to date because it protects the body from all sorts of harmful free radical damage and germs. Vitamin C was discovered in the 1930’s and has an eighty-year track record of success with tons of published studies and documented research validating its benefits on human health.
Vitamin C allows the body to utilize carbohydrates, fats, and protein more efficiently. Since vitamin C acts as an antioxidant, a nutrient that chemically binds and neutralizes the tissue-damaging effects of substances known as free radicals, it is essential to the growth and health of bones, teeth, gums, ligaments, and blood vessels. Vitamin C also plays a fundamental role in the formation of collagen, the body’s major building protein, and therefore is essential to the proper functioning of all internal organs. [xi]
Most of the recommendations for sulfur suggest taking vitamin C with it for enhanced results. While sulfur and vitamin C both work very well alone, when you combine these two nutritional elements together it is makes for the perfect combo. When you piggy back vitamin C with sulfur it flows much more freely into the cells making it an even stronger antioxidant, capable of binding and inactivating free radicals and harmful germs. Mixed with Vitamin C you have the cell building and detox benefits of MSM and all the antioxidant and immune properties of Vitamin C.
MSM with vitamin C performs a vital role in the health of connective tissues, promoting collagen synthesis and maintaining and improving skin appearance and strength, and softening scar tissue. It is essential for healthy immune system function and controlling the inflammatory process, as well as an excellent liver function and detoxification product. Vitamin C, when taken with MSM, helps build strong and thick veins and arteries, it helps the body build healthy new cells, it helps the hair and nails grow stronger and faster, not to mention many other things. MSM and Vitamin C also provide increased oxygen to your cells faster and easier.
Here are just a few reported benefits when you combine MSM and vitamin C together:
Diverticulitis is a Vitamin C & MSM deficiency. Take it, and it should correct the problem.
Hang Overs: MSM and Vitamin C will kick a hangover in 20-30 minutes. MSM makes the cell so permeable that it kicks the alcohol out of the cell its killing, and drives oxygen back into the cell.
Women and their monthly cycle. MSM and Vitamin C helps alleviate the pain associated with a monthly cycle by helping the glands work properly. This in turn helps dramatically easing the pain of headaches, cramps, nausea and heat flashes.
Migraine Headaches: People who have suffered for years with migraine & chronic headaches have gotten real relief from MSM & Vitamin C even to the point of curing the migraine part.
Sore Muscles are created when you have over worked them. It creates a lactic acid build up. MSM & vitamin C neutralizes it and stops the pain so good many times you don’t realize how hard you worked the day before. [xii]
Taking Vitamin C and Sulfur Together Is One of The Best Ways To High-Dose Vitamin C
Vitamin C megadosing has become an accepted form of treatment for a variety of health ailments. The most popular form of this is actually done using intravenous vitamin C injections where patients are given upwards of 50,000 milligrams of vitamin C. Alternative medical doctors Matthias Rath and Patrick Holford claim IV vitamin C has preventative and curative effects on diseases such as cancer and AIDS. Dr. Thomas Levy, MD, JD, author of the book “Curing the Incurable: Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases, and Toxins” has become internationally recognized for his incredible research on the effects of IV vitamin C. Levy documents case after case where intravenous vitamin C therapy has brought a patient back from the brink of death.
While we are by no means making the claim that taking sulfur with vitamin C as a supplement is comparable to doing IV vitamin C, it is interesting how sulfur makes vitamin C so much more effective and can certainly help the average person maximize their health with far more bioavailable vitamin C getting into their cells. The fact is the average person who is not suffering with debilitating illness doesn’t require megadoses of vitamin C. In most cases typically 1,000-2,000 milligrams a day from a good bioavailable vitamin C supplement is plenty to provide your body the support it needs to achieve the full benefits.
Here is a quote worth noting from Levy on IV vitamin C:
“Many viral infectious diseases have been cured and can continue to be cured by the proper administration of Vitamin C. Yes, the vaccinations for these treatable infectious diseases are completely unnecessary when one has the access to proper treatment with vitamin C. And, yes, all the side effects of vaccinations…are also completely unnecessary since the vaccinations do not have to be given in the first place with the availability of properly dosed vitamin C.” –Dr. Thomas E. Levy MD, JD (Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases and Toxins p30)
The challenge that most who would even consider getting IV vitamin C infusions is the cost factor and where to get it done. The other issue is not enough doctors doing IV vitamin C have complete awareness of how valuable sulfur is and how incorporating it into this protocol can help make everything work more efficiently. While more doctors and health clinics are performing IV vitamin C and our own FDA recognizes its importance and benefits, it is still not widely available and most insurance companies won’t cover it, so that makes it a very expensive out-of-pocket procedure.
There is an alternative form of vitamin C called Liposomal vitamin C that is promoted by Thomas Levy because he has found it to be nearly as effective as the IV form. The concept with this product is it uses liposomes (fat) to increase the bioavailability of vitamin C, since water soluble vitamin C is not absorbed as well (if not paired with sulfur). Liposomal vitamin C can also potentially ease intestinal discomfort associated with taking high amounts of vitamin C.
While Liposomal vitamin C is a terrific option, no companies have combined it with sulfur to enhance its effectiveness. We believe there is an even less expensive, yet quite efficient way to get the full benefits of vitamin C at the cell level, and that is to take it in combination with MSM. While some users may have issues with the standard ascorbic acid in higher doses, one way around that is to use a buffered form of vitamin C. Unless you are in a life-threatening situation that requires immediate and urgent medical attention using IV vitamin C, then taking several thousand milligrams a day of a buffered form of vitamin C with 5-10 grams a day of MSM is more than enough to provide your body the daily cellular protection it needs to live at a high level of health.
Hopefully by now you are convinced that you need sulfur and vitamin C in your diet daily. Not all sulfur and vitamin C are created equal though. There are many inferior grades of these nutrients on the market that won’t perform to the level you need them to. Your health is worth the few extra bucks to give it the best. This isn’t to say that using cheap grades of sulfur and vitamin C won’t have any positive benefits because that wouldn’t be a genuine statement. However, if you want to achieve maximum protection and performance from what you spend your hard earned money on then you need to know a few things to look out for.
- Don’t just select any vitamin C product thinking you are doing your body justice. Dirt cheap ascorbic acid supplements sold in a lot of the big box retailers and online companies are generally not as effective and most of it is derived from GMO corn.
- You need buffered vitamin C to ensure better passage through the digestive system that is not sourced from GMO material.
- Most MSM on the market is not manufactured using a distillation process which is the only way to guarantee purity and quality. Many inferior sources of MSM are made using a process called crystallization which is similar to how sea salt is taken from salt water. Crystallization is less expensive, and a lot easier and quicker. The problem is there is no way to ensure complete protection from bacteria and possibly heavy metal contamination, which are all effectively dealt with when it’s done by distillation.
- Look for products that are not made with Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), high fructose corn syrup, or a bunch of fillers, binders, and excipients.
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Author: Gregory Ciola
Gregory Ciola began his publishing career in the year 2000 when he released a ground breaking book on the dangers of genetic engineering. The book’s title was, “GMOs – Beware of the Coming Food Apocalypse!”. Gregory Ciola was one of the first biotech whistle blowers in the natural food industry to alert the public to what was happening to a majority of our foods. Ciola also began publishing a hard-hitting national newsletter in 2001 called “CRUSADOR” that was renamed in 2015 to “The Investigator’s Report”. He is best known for his in-depth interviews with well known book authors and leading health experts.