The most visible effect of aging is the breakdown of the collagen rich connective tissue matrix which provides support for the skin. Sulfur, in the form of MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) maintains disulfide bonds that hold collagen strands in strong form and preserve the pliancy of connective tissue. By maintaining healthy collagen, cross-linking or "hardening" of the tissue is inhibited allowing for healthy dermal functioning as well as connective tissue forming the structural basis of the body.(1)
MSM supports longevity of the joint by strengthening connective tissue associated with cartilage, tendons and ligaments. Studies indicate that MSM helps prevent the degeneration of cartilage in the knee, while maintaining the strength of the tendons and ligaments.(2)
Since connective tissue is pivotal for the internal support of organs and blood vessels, MSM can also help maintain the internal support connective tissues.
Further benefits of MSM include increasing plasma levels of glutathione, anti-inflammatory and having a positive effect on autoimmune diseases.
(1) Bergstrom® Nutrition OptiMSM® information on the benefits of MSM. 2015.
(2) Ezaki J, et al.Assessment of safety and efficacy of methylsulfonylmethane on bone and knee joints in osteoarthritis animal model. J Bone Miner Metab, 2013 Jan,