Methylsulfonylmethane for Dogs

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is a natural sulfur type compound produced by ocean kelp. Sulfur is naturally stored in almost every cell of the body, with the highest concentrations in the hair, nails, muscles, bones, joints and skin. MSM is thought to possess antioxidant, joint healing, scar reducing, anti-inflammatory, pain reducing and cell rejuvenating properties. MSM is also reported to enhance the structural integrity of connective tissues and fortify the immune system’s natural barriers against allergens.

Cell Permeability

Sulfur is necessary for cell membrane permeability by regulating sodium potassium pump. This pump system permits nutrients and fluids to flow freely into cells and waste and toxins to flow out. As the cell removes toxins it also removes sulfur, which neutralizes the toxin in the first place. Therefore, sulfur is needed as part of the regular diet.

Sulfur is also a component of insulin, which is a very important hormone that regulates glucose uptake by cells for use as an energy source. Sulfur is necessary for the production of collagen and keratin. Both are protein substances that the body needs for the maintenance of skin, hair, nails and health in general. Sulfur is often used for treatment of a variety of skin disorders.

It is also thought that sulfur is more effective in conjunction with vitamins C and B complex and electrolytes. The drinking of plenty of water is necessary in order to aid sulfur in removing toxins from the body. Sulfur is essential in the formation of amino acids, blood proteins, healthy skin and connective tissues in the body.

Sulfur Is Common In Foods

Sulfur can be found in a number of foods, including:

  • raw vegetables
  • fruits
  • eggs
  • cow’s milk
  • seafood
  • cheese
  • meats
  • seed
  • nuts

Unfortunately, MSM is destroyed by both cooking and storage. It is extremely water soluble and evaporates quickly. Sulfur deficiency can slow down growth and cause fatigue. Excessive sulfur is usually excreted in the urine and feces.

MSM Effects On Dogs

MSM has a vitamin-like normalizing function on dogs, being used for various joint disorders. It is believed to prevent and treat dogs with arthritis. Sulfur deficiencies result in skin problems, dull fur, immune system problems and gastro-intestinal problems, joint pain and arthritis. Though MSM cannot cure allergens, it helps reduce the symptoms by removing toxins from the body quickly.

Toxins are flushed from the body because sulfur decreases the pressure inside of the cell making the cell walls permeable for water and nutrients to enter cells while toxins exit the cells, easing the burden on the kidneys and liver. This will also equalize cell pressure, thereby reducing inflammation and pain. Working synergistically (substances enhance each other) with vitamin C, MSM helps the body rejuvenate its cells so that there is a healthy level of cells within the body for its proper function. MSM promotes the repair of damaged skin since it enhances tissue flexibility.

As an antioxidant, MSM cleans the blood stream by flushing toxins from the cells, scavenging for foreign proteins and free radicals. MSM acts as anti-parasitic against roundworms, Giardia and other intestinal worms, by blocking parasites from attaching themselves since MSM blocks them by competing for receptor sites on the mucous intestinal membranes. Since the parasites cannot attach, they are flushed out of the body.

The recommended dosage for supporting proper joint function and connective tissue health is 500 mg for dogs. There are no known side effects.