Headaches can worsen the quality of life of individuals, making it difficult for headache sufferers to perform their best in school or work and often leading to missed social engagements.
According to this book, about half of all Americans experienced at least one headache a month and about 10 million of people are moderately to several disabled by different forms of headaches.
Common drugs used for headaches are aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and other analgesic drugs. When taken in excess, they can cause many unpleasant side effects including rebound headaches.
Have you heard of using MSM for headaches? If not, you are about to. In this article I am going to share with you how MSM can help alleviate headaches, what MSM can and can't do for headaches.
What Is MSM?
MSM is also known as methylsulfonylmethane. It's an organic sulfur compound which can be found in animals, plants, certain food we eat, and in the human body. MSM is an important mineral needed for your body to function optimally. In fact, it's the third most abundant mineral in your body after calcium and phosphorus. It's found in every cell with 50% in muscle tissues, 10% in bones, 10% in hair and 10% in skin.
MSM is known as "beauty mineral." It provides support for strong, thick, lustrous hair. It gives your skin the nutrients it needs to look healthy and youthful. In addition, it makes your nails strong and healthy. MSM is a popular dietary supplement used for joint pain as well as for a wide array of other symptoms and health conditions.
Although sulfur occurs naturally, unfortunately, the amount available is too small for extraction for commercial production of sulfur. So all commercially available sulfur products are created in the lab to have the molecule that is identical to the one found in nature.
How does MSM help with headaches?
MSM doesn't work like pharmaceutical painkiller. When you have a headache, you can not expect MSM to work like an aspirin or another analgesic medication that's going to give you an instant pain relief. MSM is not a drug, it's actually a nutritional supplement.
There are compelling reasons to add MSM to your supplement protocol, especially if you’re dealing with pain or inflammation. It can also be used to provide pain relief to headaches. Just keep in mind that MSM is not going to give you pain relief in ten minutes.
Below you will learn what MSM can do, and can't do for headaches.
- MSM is useful mainly for chronic headaches related to tension and muscle spasm.
- Migraine basically has a vascular causation. It's often involved with muscle spasm and tension in the neck, which can contribute to pain. MSM is worth trying for its ability to reduce muscle spasm.
- MSM can also be used topically to provide additional pain relief. You can apply cream, gel, or lotion to the back of the neck where you feel the tension. This helps to reduce spasm of the skeletal muscle tissue under the skin where it's applied. MSM also appears to act within the skin tissue to reduce the tension in the surrounding area, and some of it even enters into the bloodstream to provide additional pain relief.
In my other article, I talked about how MSM can cause headaches in some people. I think it's important that you are aware of the initial detox phase so you know what to expect. When you take MSM for the first time, you may or may not experience detox symptoms such as insomnia, headache, or gastrointestinal upsets.
Some people don't experience any symptoms while others do. This is because everyone is different and will react to MSM differently. You can follow the tips in this article to minimize these symptoms. The initial detox phase may be uncomfortable, however, you want to continue taking MSM and these symptoms will go away once your body gets used to MSM.