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Study Shows MSM Supplements Reduce Knee Pain and Improve Activities

Joints and MoreAccording to the U.S. Census Bureau, arthritis is the number one cause of disability among adults. It is defined as painful inflammation, aching, stiffness and swelling in or around the joints.  Arthritis can occur in any joint, but usually it affects the hands, knees, hips, neck or spine. The cartilage covering the surface of joints can wear away.

In a study published in the journal “Osteoarthritis Cartilage”, researchers noted that MSM (methyl-sulphonyl-methane) is a popular dietary supplement and they set out to conduct a placebo-controlled trial to find evidence to support its use in osteoarthritis of the knee.

MSM sulfur (methyl-sulphonyl-methane) is a white, odorless, water-soluble element found in nature and in foods such as milk, fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood and meat. Food processing methods such as heating, washing and freezing, all deplete MSM in foods, which makes daily replenishment beneficial. Many people with joint pain may be deficient in MSM. In one study that confirms MSM benefits, sulfur concentration in arthritic cartilage was shown to be about one-third the level of normal cartilage.

The recent study published in the journal “Osteoarthritis Cartilage” was done at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Tempe, Arizona. Fifty men and women, 40 to 76 years of age with knee osteoarthritis pain, were enrolled in an outpatient medical center. Part of the group received 3,000 milligrams (3 grams) of MSM per day, twice a day, for 12 weeks – 6 grams per day total. The other part of the group received a placebo.

The results showed that compared to placebo, MSM produced significant decreases in pain and significant improvement in physical function. MSM use also resulted in improvement in performing the activities of daily living. Important improvements in stress and cardiovascular health were also observed. These are good advantages, as there are many side effects from the usual drugs used for arthritis.

The Arthritis Foundation’s web site lists the most common side effects of the medications used to treat arthritis. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin and ibuprofen can create edema (swelling of the feet) heartburn, stomach ulcers and possibly increased risk of blood clots and heart attack. Corticosteroids (cortisone) may contribute to cataracts, elevated blood sugar levels and bone loss. Injections at the arthritis site can create redness and swelling and increased risk of infections.

One example of a natural arthritis remedy that contains MSM benefits is Joints and More from http://Nutrition Breakthroughs. Joints and More is made from “organic” sulfur (meaning coming from living things) and is a 99% pure, simple molecule, indistinguishable from a molecule of MSM found in nature.

Stanley Jacob, M.D. the co-discoverer and ‘Father of MSM’ says: “MSM is a surprising supplement.  When you start taking it, you may notice a number of good things happening in your life in addition to pain and allergy relief — more energy, cosmetic benefits such as softer skin, thicker hair, stronger nails; as well as decreased scar tissue and relief of constipation.”

For more information, visit the Joints and More web page.

Frequently Asked Question #1 on Sleep Minerals II, Effective Natural Sleep Aid

Greetings to you,

Sleep Minerals II is an effective natural insomnia remedy from www.NutritionBreakthroughs.com. It is the original drug-free calcium and magnesium sleep aidsls for relaxation and better sleep. It contains powerful forms of these minerals in combination with vitamin D and zinc.  The ingredients are formulated in a softgel with healthy oils, making them more quickly absorbable than tablets or capsules and providing a deeper, longer-lasting sleep.

Frequently Asked Question #1:

  1. Can I continue to take my regular calcium and magnesium supplement, or the calcium and magnesium provided in my multiple vitamin/mineral when I start taking Sleep Minerals II? Will I be getting too many minerals?

Yes, it is totally fine to continue to take your regular supplements. These are generally taken during the day, whereas Sleep Minerals II is taken in the evening. The calcium and magnesium in a hard tablet or a capsule is different than the form of minerals found in Sleep Minerals II, and is generally not absorbed as well. So there isn’t a large chance of getting too many minerals.

The minerals in Sleep Minerals II are mixed with healthy rice bran oil and this combination forms a creamy paste inside the softgel. This is why it is assimilated so well into the body and this makes it effective as a natural sleep remedy.

One thing that can happen if you take too many minerals for your system is your bowels may become too loose or you may become groggy in the morning. If that happens, you can reduce your dose of Sleep Minerals, or take less than one softgel if you’re taking only one. This is done by gently biting one end open and squeezing out half or less, and drinking it down. It can also be spread on some food. Save the rest in a baggie or other container.

Here’s to your good sleep!

Best of health,

Jobee Knight
Nutrition Breakthroughs
For more information, visit the Sleep Minerals II web page.

Nutrition Breakthroughs Announces ‘Joints and More’ for Natural Joint Relief, Allergies, Hair Growth, Increased Energy and More

Joints and MoreAn estimated 50 million U.S. adults (about 1 of 5) report having doctor-diagnosed arthritis. Per the U.S. Census Bureau, arthritis is the nation’s most common cause of disability. It is defined as painful inflammation, aching, stiffness, and swelling in or around the joints. Osteoarthritis is the most common form, causing pain, reduced motion, and a decreased ability to perform daily actions. It can occur in any joint, but usually it affects the hands, knees, hips or spine.

Osteoarthritis breaks down cartilage in the joints. Cartilage is the slippery tissue that covers the ends of the bones in a joint. Healthy cartilage absorbs the shock of movement. When cartilage is lost, the bones rub together, make movement more difficult, and joint damage can result.

Nutrition Breakthroughs.com of Glendale California is announcing their newest product ‘Joints and More’, which contains a natural form of sulfur known as MSM. According to research studies, MSM benefits include help for arthritis, muscle pain, headaches, and more by elasticizing the cells and reducing pressure and inflammation. The body’s hormones, enzymes and immune system also depend on MSM and it’s used and expended on a daily basis. MSM has also been found to be beneficial for allergies, asthma, muscle pain, heartburn, and hair growth.

A breakthrough book titled “The Miracle of MSM: The Natural Solution for Pain,” was written by Stanley Jacob, M.D., the co-discoverer and ‘Father of MSM’, and Ronald Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D. Together they have treated over 12,000 people with MSM for a variety of conditions at the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland Oregon.

Dr. Jacob says: “MSM is a surprising supplement.  When you start taking it, you may notice a number of good things happening in your life in addition to pain and allergy relief: More energy, cosmetic benefits such as softer skin, thicker hair, stronger nails; decreased scar tissue; and relief of constipation.”  

MSM sulfur (methyl-sulphonyl-methane) is a white, odorless, water-soluble element found in nature and in foods such as milk, fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood and meat. Food processing methods such as heating, washing, pasteurizing, and freezing, all deplete MSM in foods, which makes daily replenishment beneficial. The MSM in ‘Joints and More’ comes from pine trees. Many people with joint pain may be deficient in MSM, for example in a 1995 study, sulfur concentration in arthritic cartilage was shown to be about one-third the level of normal cartilage.

Ellen N. of Littleton, Colorado is a postal mail carrier who developed painful degenerative arthritis in her right knee.  She says: “The orthopedist prescribed physical therapy, knee braces, ibuprofen daily and an eventual surgery.  Someone along my mail route who works for a nutritional supplement company offered me a sample of MSM. I’m a skeptic but figured I had nothing to lose. I started taking three one gram (1,000 milligram) capsules of MSM a day.  I began noticing improvement and it continued.  Soon I had the same spring back in my legs just like before all this started.  I was feeling major relief. Now I’m walking my route faster and even climbed on my roof to trim some trees. I feel like a new woman.”

Regarding degenerative arthritis, which is known for its progressive deterioration, one study was done called “Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), a double-blind study of its use in degenerative arthritis.” (Note: a double blind study is one in which neither the researchers nor the participants know which treatment is being given.) In this summary, patients suffering from degenerative arthritis were treated with either 2,250 mg per day of MSM or placebo. Sixteen patients were enrolled in the study. With the MSM group, the researchers reported natural pain relief with “A better than 80 percent control of pain within six weeks of beginning the study.”

There is no known cure for arthritis. According to Dr. Stanley Jacob, “Steroidal drugs such as cortisone are widely prescribed to reduce the inflammation associated with a wide array of painful conditions. These frequently lead to unhealthy weight gain, high blood pressure and even diabetes….MSM offers a natural way to reduce pain and inflammation without serious side effects.”

For more information, visit the Joints and More page.

The Pros and Cons of Magnesium Vs Melatonin as a Natural Sleep Aid

magnesiumMagnesium has many benefits to good health, one of them being its action as an effective natural sleep aid. Melatonin supplements are also used as a sleep remedy. These two ingredients have different qualities, different health effects, and different possible side effects. James F. Balch, M.D., author of Prescription for Nutritional Healing, writes: “A lack of the nutrients magnesium and calcium will cause you to wake up after a few hours and not be able to return to sleep.”

One of the main symptoms of magnesium deficiency is chronic insomnia that occurs with frequent nighttime awakenings. On the other hand, a high magnesium diet has been found to be associated with deeper, less interrupted sleep, per a study done by James Penland at the Human Nutrition Research Center in North Dakota.

In contrast with mineral supplements, melatonin is a hormone which is produced by the pineal gland, located in the center of the brain. At night or in the dark, the pineal gland naturally releases melatonin to regulate the sleep cycle. The body produces less melatonin with advancing age and while melatonin doesn’t require a prescription, it’s a potent hormone. If too much is taken, it can make it more difficult to wake up in the morning.

Mildred Seelig, M.D., the leading medical researcher on magnesium says: “Many people needlessly suffer pain – including fibromyalgia, migraines and muscle cramps – because they don’t get enough magnesium.”

One study found that magnesium was just as effective as an antidepressant drug in treating depression. Regarding diabetes, researchers at Stockholm’s Karolinska Institute reported that for every 100 milligram increase in magnesium intake, the risk of developing type-2 diabetes decreased by 15 per cent. Other studies have shown that people with migraine headaches have low concentrations of magnesium in their body.

One possible side effect from taking too much magnesium is that the bowels may become too loose. According to the Mayo Clinic, possible side effects of melatonin include abdominal discomfort, anxiety, irritability, confusion and short-term depression. Melatonin supplements can interact with various medications such as blood-thinning medications, medications that suppress the immune system, diabetes medications and birth control pills. Melatonin is best used under the supervision of a doctor.

This news is provided to you by www.Nutrition Breakthroughs. Since 2001, Nutrition Breakthroughs has provided health articles and effective natural remedies. Their mission is to provide nutritional supplements that work well and help people avoid drugs and their side effects.

Since 2009, their natural sleep aid Sleep Minerals II has been keeping that promise — by soothing even the worst insomnia and helping everyone from teenagers, to women with menopause symptoms, to older seniors, to those with restless leg syndrome, to get a good night’s sleep.

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