Dr. Stanley Jacob of the Oregon Health Sciences University and his
associate, chemist Robert J. Herschler, the pioneer researchers, conducted
extensive laboratory and clinical testing and reported amazing health benefits
for a wide variety of health problems with MSM. These findings were so
remarkable, that MSM has quickly become one of the most popular and powerful
natural health supplements of the decade. MSM can help improve your health in
Robert Herschler began his study of MSM in 1955. His goal was to find
commercial uses for this new chemical. Research costs limited his
investigations to very select applications. Food use is the only significant
market at this time. Mr. Herschler's investigations led to his securing a total
of nine United States and several additional foreign patents governing the
biological and cosmetic uses of MSM.
Dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) is known to be a self-solvent and an active
carrier, crossing membranes without damage.* Found extensively in nature,
DMSO has analgesic properties, works as an anti-inflammatory, stimulates
synthesis of growth hormone and also has a bacteriostatic effect.* The major
drawback to all of this is the associated strong odor, along with the resultant
foul breath and skin irritation that result from even mild exposure to DMSO.
Methy-sufonyl-methane (MSM), a stable metabolite of DMSO, presents a
dramatic improvement over what had previously been available. MSM is an
odorless, virtually tasteless, white crystalline substance. The key portion of
MSM is the sulfur component. Sulfur is necessary for the proper formation of
proteins. One of the essential components in all life forms, sulfur is involved
in amino acid production, connective tissue, skin, hair, nails, (in animals,
hide and hooves), enzymes, hormones, and immunoglobulins.*
*Jacob, S.W., R. Herschler, 1983. Introductory Remarks:
Dimethyl sulfoxide after twenty years. Ann N.Y. Acad. Sci.
*Ward, P.A., G.O. Till, R. Kunkel, C. Beauchamp. 1983.
Evidence for role of hydroxyl radical in complement and
neutrophil-dependent tissue injury. J. Clin.
*Herschler, R.J. 1986. MSM: A nutrient for the horse.
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