The benefits of MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) just keep getting stronger. A recent study funded by OptiMSM producer, Bergstrom Nutrition, offers new information regarding how the nutritional supplement helps reduce muscle soreness after increased exercise or new activities.The study has been published in April’s issue of The FASEB Journal (Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology).
In a previous study published in 2012, it was determined that oral MSM significantly raises the antioxidant activity in the blood. Due to the fact that oxidative stress contributes to aches and pains in the muscle, Bergstrom Nutrition has embarked on a journey to further explore if OptiMSM could alleviate perceived discomfort associated with stressful exercise. “This helps us paint a clearer picture of how MSM works to minimize the muscle damage and soreness caused by exercise, which means less recovery time and a quicker return to daily activities,” said Tim Hammond, Director of Sales and Strategic Relations for Bergstrom Nutrition. “The data also pointed to MSM’s effect on overall wellness as it supports antioxidant activity, helping maintain the body’s natural levels of glutathione — the body’s most powerful protector.”
This study, combined with previous studies, have shown the following:
•Confirmation that acute bouts of exercise can induce oxidative stress
•Daily oral MSM supplementation prior to exercise creates: –Significantly better glutathione plasma levels (increased antioxidant capacity) –Significantly less malondialdehyde (maintained normal levels) –Significantly less protein carbonyl levels (no negative oxidation reactions)
•Significantly less muscle soreness after exercise
•Significantly higher plasma oxidative capacity
•Significantly reduced markers of muscle damage
“The study adds to the growing body of evidence suggesting MSM helps protect cells from damage following acute bouts of strenuous exercise—showing the potential real world application that goes along with supporting data from several previous studies,” said Rod Benjamin, Director of Technical Development for Bergstrom Nutrition. “Most people could care less if they have increased blood markers of oxidative stress; such as higher malondialdehyde, protein carbonyls or glutathione levels. However if you tell someone they are going to experience less soreness after exercising that is something they easily understand and usually find quite desirable.”
ABOUT BERGSTROM NUTRITION Bergstrom Nutrition produces the world’s only GRAS-designated MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) from its GMP compliant, ISO 9001:2008 registered and FSSC22000:2010 certified production facility dedicated to producing only MSM. Bergstrom Nutrition’s processes exceed industry standards for optimal purity, product consistency and safety. The Vancouver, Washington-based company pioneered the use of MSM for human consumption in 1989. For information on Bergstrom Nutrition call 1.888.733.5676, visit www.bergstromnutrition.com, or follow Bergstrom Nutrition on Twitter @BergstromMSM.