MSM & NEM (Natural Eggshell Membrane)

Have You Tried This for Your Joint Pain?

Now that we are well into spring, we are naturally more active—you could say that our bodies are waking up from the respite that was winter. But for many people living with acute or chronic joint pain, it can be hard to choose az the pain, or dosing up on pain meds to carry you through the pain. But those don’t have to be your only options—maybe it’s time to consider a new approach with MSM and natural eggshell membrane (NEM®).

MSM (methyl-sulfonyl-methane) is a sulfur-containing compound found in plant and animal tissues, including those in the human body.[1] [2] Sulfur is important for forming and repairing the strong bonds that give connective tissues strength. It is also necessary for making collagen, the primary constituent of cartilage and connective tissue and for stimulating cells that produce the synovial fluid that lubricates joints.

When evaluating the effects of MSM on mild to moderate osteoarthritis of the knee, participants taking 3,000 mg of MSM twice daily for 12 weeks had significant reductions in pain and less difficulty performing daily activities than those not taking the nutrient. [3] In another study, those taking 2,250 mg of MSM per day for 6 weeks reported an 80 percent better control of their pain compared to their placebo counterparts.[4]

Because naturally occurring MSM is easily destroyed in food processing and is quickly used up by the body, supplementation is necessary to obtain optimal amounts. According to Andrew Rostenberg, DC, a chiropractic physician in Boise, ID, MSM provides the body with a bioavailable form of sulfur, that is, a form that is easily used by the body.

Newer to the scene, but quickly gaining attention, is natural eggshell membrane (NEM®). It is unique because it is a natural source of an array of compounds that are proven to support joint health, including chondroitin sulfate, glucosamine sulfate, hyaluronic acid, and collagen. [5] [6] [7] [8] A pilot trial found that participants with pain in the knees, hips, neck, shoulders, or back who took 500 mg of NEM® daily had significant improvement in flexibility in just seven days; after 30 days general pain and range of motion pain saw a 72.5 percent and 75.9 percent reduction, respectively. A 44 percent increase in flexibility was also reported after 30 days. The use of pain medication (narcotics or NSAIDs) was also low, occurring only every 20-22 days throughout the trial.[9]

Being and staying active can be a real challenge, especially if you suffer from joint pain. If your joint pain is holding you back and you feel like you’ve tried everything with little luck, it may be time to try something new. Look for joint support with MSM and NEM®—and enjoy the active life you were meant to live!


References

[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19336900

Kim LS, Axelrod LJ, Howard P, Buratovich N, Waters RF. Efficacy of methylsulfonyl-methane (MSM) in osteoarthritis pain of the knee: a pilot clinical trial. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage2006;14:286-94.

[2] http://www.nwhealthsolutions.com/msmfaq.htm

[3] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16309928

Kim LS, Axelrod LJ, Howard P, Buratovich N, Waters RF. Efficacy of methylsulfonyl-methane (MSM) in osteoarthritis pain of the knee: a pilot clinical trial. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage2006;14:286-94.

[4] http://www.msmguide.com/msm-practitioner/researchpapers/

Lawrence RM. Methylsulfonylmethane (M.S.M.) A double-blind study of its use in degenerative arthritis. Int J Anti-Aging Med1998;1(1):50 [abstract].

[5] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1243460/

[6] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2697588

Baker JR. A study of the organic material of hen’s-egg shell. Biochem J. 1962;82:352–361.

[7] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2697588/

Picard J. Sulfated glycoproteins from egg shell membranes and hen oviduct. Isolation and characterization of sulfated glycopeptides. Biochim Biophys Acta. 1973;320:427–441.

[8] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2697588/

Long FD. Preparation of hyaluronic acid from eggshell membraneUS Patent #6946551,September202005

[9] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2697588/

 

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