How MSM is Used in Mountain Ice Sports Recovery Gel
MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane), an organosulfur compound studied for its anti-inflammatory properties, is a key ingredient in our new Mountain Ice Sports Recovery Gel. But how does this potent ingredient help you enhance athletic performance and longevity? Read on to find out!
MSM for Inflammation
Studies suggest MSM has anti-inflammatory properties. Its mechanism is still being understood, but currently it's believed that MSM inhibits the production of NF-kB, a protein complex that controls many of the genes involved in inflammation and has been found to be chronically active in numerous inflammatory diseases. MSM also seems to reduce the production of multiple cytokines (small proteins) that signal the inflammatory response.
These studies have largely centered around MSM's effect on reducing inflammation in those with conditions like osteoarthritis and other long-term joint degeneration. They have relevance for athletes, however, as the stress and friction placed on the joints of athletes wears down the connective tissue between joints, causing pain and inflammation. MSM not only has shown potential in reducing this inflammation, it may also inhibit the breakdown of cartilage itself.
Other Benefits of MSM
- Reducing Oxidative Stress: Studies on other aspects of MSM have been similarly promising. The compound is indicated not only for relieving inflammation, but also for reducing oxidative stress, the imbalance of antioxidants and harmful free radicals in the body. Oxidative stress can have many harmful effects, such as contributing to chronic inflammatory disorders, but even more relevant here is the immediate muscle damage it can cause. Muscle soreness and damage caused by oxidative stress can hinder athletic performance.
- Promoting Healthy Skin: MSM may benefit your skin health by providing necessary sulfur to keratin, the protein that acts as one of the key structural components in your hair, nails, and skin. This promotes strong skin, reduces and prevents environmental skin damage from sources like sunlight, and helps retain necessary moisture. Intense physical activity, especially outdoors, can be stressful to your skin, and MSM may aid in reducing that stress.
- Antioxidant Properties: MSM works in concord with a number of important compounds in your body, including the powerful antioxidant glutathione. MSM plays a part in producing this valuable compound, and athletes know how important antioxidants are. They balance out the free radicals can intense physical activity can generate and reduce the damage caused by these molecules, which may help with muscle recovery.
MSM is found naturally in a number of foods, but in extremely small amounts. To get the full effect of this compound, you'll have to take it as a supplement or as part of a topical sports recovery gel.