Glucosamine & MSM – An Effective Pairing

Janice CarsonJanice Carson

It’s well established that glucosamine is a very effective supplement to combat joint pain due to arthritis, or joint pain in general. How about MSM, and we’re not talking about “mainstream media” either. MSM is another type of substance used as an arthritis remedy, but it isn’t found in cartilage like glucosamine or chondroitin—oh no. MSM is a plant by-product, but it is found from time to time in foods and beverages. MSM is usually mixed with glucosamine, and glucosamine & MSM seem to work well together. How well, exactly? Glucosamine & MSM have been blended together in supplements for a reason, so let’s examine what those reasons are.

Glucosamine & MSMFirst off, what is MSM? MSM is an acronym for methylsulfonylmethane—say that three times fast—a sulfate compound occurring naturally in plants. It is marketed for supplement purposes as a natural source of sulfur. However, since there is no recommended daily intake set for sulfur, the ordinary consumer doesn’t know how much sulfur to take. That notwithstanding, it is often combined with glucosamine and chondroitin, the two most common anti-arthritis supplements, to treat or prevent osteoarthritis. So, Glucosamine & MSM are well acquainted with each other.

Glucosamine and Chondroitin are usually sold in sulfate forms, and since MSM is a source of sulfur, it makes it easier for all three to be mixed together in the same supplement. If there is one drawback to taking MSM, it’s that the recommended intake amount is wildly erratic. Some supplements have 1,500 milligrams in it, others have 3,000, and still others have as much as 6,000 milligrams of MSM. It’s not certain if more MSM has any greater effect on relieving arthritis or not. Glucosamine & MSM have been included in supplements for so long it’s hard to think of glucosamine & MSM not being effective against arthritis, no matter what the MSM dosage is.

Glucosamine & MSM have been proven to be effective against osteoarthritis. It helps regenerate lost cartilage, improve joint mobility, and reduce inflammation. What isn’t clear is just how much MSM is needed in order for that to happen. In Glucosamine & MSM supplements, we all know how much glucosamine is in it—1,500 milligrams. It’s not known whether there is such a thing as taking “too much” MSM, but thanks to the addition of chondroitin, Glucosamine & MSM can combine to make the “ultimate arthritis remedy” and alleviate the pain of arthritis sufferers everywhere.