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MSM for Hair Growth
In today's blog post we will be talking about MSM, how and why it can be used to help combat alopecia and promote healthier hair growth.
Disclaimer: Please do consult your medical doctor before you take any oral supplements.
What is MSM
MSM stands for Methylsulfonylmethane, now even though I have a postgraduate science degree and beena Science and Chemistry teacher for over six years, I still find this word really hard to pronounce, so we are just gonna stick to calling it MSM.
MSM is a naturally occurring compound that can be found in plants, animals and humans however it can also be chemically made in the lab as well.
MSM is naturally rich in sulphur and sulphur as you may know has been used for centuries in hair pomades marketed towards helping with hair growth and hair loss even till now.
One of the major causes of hair loss is our unwanted friend INFLAMMATION, yes if you have CCC Alopecia or any other form of hair loss you will know a great deal about this. Inflammation hair loss can be caused by both internal and external factors, this is where MSM comes in.
What is MSM used for then?
MSM is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. MSM is mainly taken as an oral supplement for treating joint pain such as arthritis as it helps to calm down swelling in the joints. MSM can also help with muscle cramps as well.
So why is MSM used for treating Hair Loss?
I would say that’s a really good question, have you ever looked at a bottle of any hair growth supplement and had a good read of the tiny writing of ingredients. I for one have always noticed that one of the main ingredients was always MSM. So let's take a closer look as to why.
The hair shaft is made up of three different types of bonds, one of those bonds is called disulfide bonds which is also known as Sulfur bonds. Disulfide bonds are actually the strongest of the three hair bonds, this is what gives your hair strength and structure. Now because MSM is so high in sulphur, these sulphur molecules bond together with a protein called cysteine which helps to create those disulfide bonds that our hair really needs.
Did you also know that disulphide bonds cannot be broken down by heat or water, but only by chemicals such as relaxers. So the kinkier or curlier your hair is, the more disulfide bonds you have in your hair. So having kinky hair is not such a bad thing after all.
Right so going back to MSM and hair growth. There was one particular research study that looked at testing the effect of MSM and Magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (MAP) on hair growth and Alopecia. The research was done on a group of mice and they looked at how increasing the percentage of MSM and MAP in the solution would have an effect on hair growth of the mice.
The results from the research found that as they increased the amount of MSM in the solution the faster the hair growth occurred.
Now they are pictures from the study, but I really don’t like mice so I wont be adding it otherwise I won't be able to come back to my own blog post can you imagine it lol.
So how much MSM should i be taking?
First of all i really want to get something off my chest before we start talking about dosage. MSM is water soluble and not fat soluble. I have seen cases where it is being infused into oils, which are fats so you may not be getting the full benefits of MSM. The study that was performed on mice was made into a solution i.e diluted into water so you are much better off adding MSM to your shampoo, conditioner or taking it orally. (don’t forget about my disclaimer at the beginning of this blog post)
So now that that's out of the way let's talk about dosages. As MSM hasn’t been extensively researched for its treatment for alopecia, according to Toxicity studies its is said that MSM can be taken at doses ranging from 500mg to 3G.
So how can you naturally include MSM in your diet?
There are plenty of foods that you can eat that are naturally high in MSM such as
coffee (My fav)
leafy green vegetables
Or alternatively you can buy MSM as a supplement well, I tend to do both as I include the above foods in my everyday diet. I also like to take ½ a teaspoon of MSM powder every morning with a glass of water.
So I have a few questions for you?
Have you taking hair growth supplements that have MSM high on the list
Would you consider taking MSM orally (after consulting your doctor of course)
Are you currently taking or using MSM at the moment, what have your results been like so far?