Unlocking the Power of MSM for Bone & Joint Health 

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Are you an active adult between the age of 45-75 and seeking ways to fortify your joint health and support your sports performance? Look no further! In this article, we will explore the wonders of methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) and the science backing its effectiveness. Whether you’re seeking support from joint discomfort or aiming to aid your recovery from exercise, MSM could be a potent addition to your wellness plan. Now, let’s delve into the potential benefits of MSM for bone and joint health; and how it can “Magnify Mobility.”  

MSM: A Critical Nutrient for Bone & Joint Health  

MSM, is made up of 34% sulfur, an important nutrient necessary for the maintenance of healthy joints, tendons, ligaments, and other connective tissues. 1 Sulfur also supports the production of molecules such as glutathione, which plays a key role in the body’s antioxidant response. 1 

Healthy joints require cartilage to function properly, providing a buffer between the bones and helping  them to glide over one another to enable normal movement.1 MSM functions as a source of sulfur, which acts as a key component of important building blocks that build healthy cartilage2, helping to maintain your joints to help you live life to the fullest. 

While MSM is naturally present in some protein-rich foods such as eggs, meat, poultry, fish, and legumes3 , supplementation could be a beneficial addition to your diet. Especially for individuals seeking to optimize their joint health or experiencing joint discomfort, MSM supplementation can offer a concentrated source of this essential nutrient. 

Our Balchem® brand of MSM, OptiMSM®, provides a reliable and high-quality source of sulfur, a nutrient crucial for maintaining healthy joints and supporting optimal joint function. Incorporating OptiMSM® into your wellness routine can help your joints receive the necessary nutrients they need!2 

Scientific Backing of MSM’s Benefits  

MSM has been the subject of considerable scientific attention for its potential benefits in promoting bone and joint health, as well as supporting an active lifestyle, with numerous studies providing research-backed evidence for its role in this regard.  

MSM supplementation has been shown to: 

  • Improve joint and physical function 4,5 
  • Improve joint comfort 5 
  • Reduce oxidative stress after exercise in both new and experienced athletes6,7 
  • Reduce post-exercise pain8 
  • Reduce post-exercise muscle damage 6 
  • Improve the antioxidant response after exercise 6,7 

As you can see, the scientific evidence supports the use of MSM for promoting joint health and exercise recovery, helping to support an active lifestyle. Therefore, if you’re seeking an effective solution to support your joint health and aid your recovery, incorporating MSM into your daily regimen could be beneficial. 

These statements have not been evaluated by FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. 

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At Balchem, our primary objective is to raise awareness about the crucial role MSM plays as a key ingredient in boosting bone and joint health formulations – even beyond the usual suspects like chondroitin and glucosamine. 

OptiMSM® is a 99.9% pure product, known for its exceptional quality worldwide, backed by over 30 years of manufacturing expertise and a unique 4-stage distillation process. We never compromise on MSM, and neither should you. 

Contact us today to learn more and explore how OptiMSM® can “magnify mobility” for you! 


1. Branch NSC and O. Healthy Joints Matter. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. Published April 12, 2017. Accessed April 2, 2024. https://www.niams.nih.gov/health-topics/kids/healthy-joints 

2. Dietary Reference Intakes for Water, Potassium, Sodium, Chloride, and Sulfate. National Academies Press; 2005. doi:10.17226/10925 

3. Sulfur Information | Mount Sinai – New York. Mount Sinai Health System. Accessed April 2, 2024. https://www.mountsinai.org/health-library/supplement/sulfur 

4. Debbi EM, Agar G, Fichman G, et al. Efficacy of methylsulfonylmethane supplementation on osteoarthritis of the knee: a randomized controlled study. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2011;11:50. doi:10.1186/1472-6882-11-50 

5. Toguchi A, Noguchi N, Kanno T, Yamada A. Methylsulfonylmethane Improves Knee Quality of Life in Participants with Mild Knee Pain: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial. Nutrients. 2023;15(13):2995. doi:10.3390/nu15132995 

6. Barmaki S, Bohlooli S, Khoshkhahesh F, Nakhostin-Roohi B. Effect of methylsulfonylmethane supplementation on exercise – Induced muscle damage and total antioxidant capacity. J Sports Med Phys Fitness. 2012;52(2):170-174. 

7. Nakhostin-Roohi B, Barmaki S, Khoshkhahesh F, Bohlooli S. Effect of chronic supplementation with methylsulfonylmethane on oxidative stress following acute exercise in untrained healthy men. J Pharm Pharmacol. 2011;63(10):1290-1294. doi:10.1111/j.2042-7158.2011.01314.x 

8. Kalman D, Feldman S, Samson A, Krieger D. A Randomized Double Blind Placebo Controlled Evaluation of MSM for Exercise Induced Discomfort/Pain. FASEB J. 2013;27(S1):1076.7-1076.7. doi:10.1096/fasebj.27.1_supplement.1076.7 

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