MSM, used as a health supplement, can cause mild to severe side effects. While many people use this supplement with great success, some do not have excellent results. The amount you take, other medications you take and your own personal constitution will affect how many MSM side effects you may experience.
MSM is commonly taken to relieve arthritis and pain. MSM, also known as methyl sulfone, is a sulfur compound containing carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and sulfur.
MSM side effects that affect the heart include palpitations, tightness in the chest, and increased blood pressure. More than one person has ended up in the emergency room with scary heart symptoms from taking MSM.
Emotional side effects caused by MSM can be equally as debilitating and frightening. Anxiety and mild to severe depression are side effects experienced by some who take MSM. Mood swings may be more pronounced.
MSM can affect the skin with rashes, dry skin, hives and itching.
While some who take MSM experience an increase in energy, others experience fatigue, exhaustion, and dizziness.
Digestive side effects can include gas, foul stools, constipation, diarrhea and urine retention.
Headaches, migraines, insomnia, muscle cramps, increased thirst and dehydration are other side effects reported by those who have tried MSM.
How to Avoid Side Effect when taking MSM
1. Start Slowly
Start with any new supplement it is usually a good idea to start with a small dose and increase your dose slowly so that you can watch for side effects and evaluation how the supplement is working for you. You can even start with ½ or ¼ or the manufacturer’s recommended dose.
2. Check Labels
Look for added ingredients in your supplement. Sometimes the ingredients added in the processing of supplements is the true culprit in side effects.
3. Use a Quality Brand
Use a brand that was recommended to you by someone you know, or your natural health practitioner.
4. Take MSM Early in the Day
Do not take MSM late in the day or at bedtime to avoid the side effect of insomnia.
5. Take MSM with Food
When you first start taking MSM, it is advisable to take it with food. It is more common to have side effects from new supplements when you take them on an empty stomach.
MSM: Is it for Everyone?
Some who have reactions to sulfa drugs also have trouble with MSM, so if you have reactions to sulfa drugs, you MSM may not be the best solution for you.
People with mood disorders seem to be more likely to have serious psychological side effects like anxiety and depression.
If you have mild to serious nutritional deficiencies, MSM could exacerbate that problem. MSM can deplete molybdenum, an essential trace mineral.
Individuals who take prescription or over the counter medications on a regular basis may find that MSM affects the way their medications work.
Those whose bodies are severely toxic or sick are at higher risk for detox reactions and side effects. It may not be that MSM is the problem, but if it removes undesirable metals or parasites from your body when you take it, your body may feel quite ill during the detox process.
If MSM causes side effects for you, or seems incompatible with your situation, do not lose heart. There are many wonderful natural remedies to consider in lieu of MSM.
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