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I’ve been hearing a lot about MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane)
and how it’s supposed to help stimulate hair growth. For the longest, I resisted checking into it because I’ve always heard that there aren’t any “magic pills” that can make hair grow. So, I just decided to leave things as they were and just relied on genetics to get my hair where I wanted it to be.

Well, I finally decided to do a little research and found that there are many benefits to taking MSM, and hair growth happens to be a side-effect to use. Of course, none of these claims are FDA approved, and I can’t seem to find any research that suggests that doctors recommend its use, but since there’s an abundant amount of information that suggests that MSM is good for digestive problems, arthritis, high blood pressure, and a long list of many other health benefits, I decided to purchase for those reasons alone. Not to mention that there aren’t any negative side-effects to use, just makes this little white sulfuric substance all the more appealing for me to try.

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What is MSM? (Via colloidalsilversolutions.com)

Methylsulfonylmethane, or MSM, is a safe and natural assimilate derived from the Southern Louisiana Pine. It is organic sulfur--the kind your body can absorb and use. Sulfur is the fourth most plentiful mineral in the body. And, it is found in every cell of every animal and plant. Sulfur is found in food; it is most abundant in eggs and red peppers, but can also be found in significant quantities in grains, legumes, animal proteins, onions, garlic, asparagus, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli. HOWEVER, most of the volatile MSM is lost in washing, cooking or steaming. Modern food processing, packaging and preparation has robbed our food of the sulfur we need.

How is this possible? (Via Dr. Phoenyx.com)

The main ingredient in MSM is sulfur- one of the principal building blocks of hair (and nails). So MSM helps hair growth because it gives your body a building block for hair. But besides just contributing one of the main building blocks of hair, it is also theorized that MSM increases hair growth potential by lengthening the growth phase of the hair cycle.

Where to get MSM?

You can find MSM supplements at any local health food store or pharmacy. Or you can just skip the pills and powder supplements and just focus on getting MSM from your food.

In addition to a healthy diet, I also take an MSM supplement. I primarily do this because, although MSM can be naturally obtained through a healthy diet, the cooking process and other factors can diminish MSM content in foods.

Other Uses for MSM

MSM can be used to treat a variety of conditions including:

Muscle and bone problems

Chronic pain

Hay fever

Allergies

Asthma

Snoring

Stretch marks

Wrinkles

Eye swelling

Dental disease

Stomach upset

Constipation

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

Obesity

High blood pressure

High cholesterol

Type 2 diabetes

A Few Precautions Before Taking MSM

Follow the directions on the manufacturer’s label if you decide to take MSM supplements. High doses of MSM might cause nausea, diarrhea, bloating, fatigue, headache, insomnia, itching, or worsening of allergy symptoms in some individuals. And although MSM is generally for most people, not much is known about its safety during pregnancy and breast-feeding. So if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding it would be wise to consult your physician before taking this supplement.

Do you take MSM for hair growth- or anything else? Have you noticed an important in hair growth when taking MSM?
 
Additional Sources:

http://altmedicine.about.com/cs/herbsvitaminsad/a/MSM.htm

http://falconblanco.com/health/msm/faq.html

http://www.puremsm.com/details.htm

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Comments

Mike
04/04/2013 15:04

I shaved my head for a few years because my hair was very thin and I didn't like the way it looked. I heard about MSM and stared to take it and my hair grew so fast and thick my hair looked like I was a teenager again except for the gray. It was so thick and wavy to the longer it got the more wavy it got. Then after about 7 month it stared getting thin again maybe someone knows why.

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Raquel
04/22/2013 08:36

Try using Biotin along with MSM. The benefits of Biotin are reduced hair loss, thicker hair in areas where it was formerly thinning, stronger and healthier hair, and more 'shine'. It also helps hair grow as well.

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The Kink
04/22/2013 10:12

Thanks Raquel for your input...very helpful! I've also found that diet plays a huge part as well. Maybe genetics--Mike, I've noticed you said that it started thinning again...

Best of luck to you,a nd thanks for your comments!!! :)

09/06/2013 22:11

Great piece of writing, I really liked the way you highlighted some really important and significant points. Thanks so much, I appreciate your work....

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