In a just published study, the natural supplement methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) was shown to be effective in managing the pain and limited mobility associated with degenerative osteoarthritis arthritis (OA) in the knees. This painful problem is commonly managed with conventional anti-inflammatory drugs but form many the side effects of these agents outweigh the benefits. The authours of the current study commented on “the lack of clinical side effects” associated with the MSM therapy and that “current research suggests that if side effects to MSM exist, they are minimal and include minor GI symptoms, headaches, insomnia and difficulty concentrating“.
The sudy concluded that; “Patients with OA of the knee taking MSM for 12 weeks showed an improvement in pain and physical function. The results suggest that larger and long- term studies may find additional and greater improvements in knee OA symptoms. These improvements, however, are small and it is yet to be determined if they are of clinical significance. Further trials on MSM are recommended to define the safety, efficacy and appropriate dosage of MSM. We recommend incorporating longer intervention periods, larger and wider patient populations, dose-response trials and comparisons with other health supplements and standard conventional treatments.”
View the study here:
Efficacy of methylsulfonylmethane supplementation on osteoarthritis of the knee: a randomized controlled study. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011, 11:50
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