MSM is a natural sulfur-based mineral that has been proven in studies to relieve arthritis, headache, back pain and also helps strengthen hair and nails. MSM is known as “factor N”, to bring cells back to normal. A recent study by the Genesis Center for Integrative Medicine in Graham, Washington found another to add to the benefits of MSM: the effectiveness of a seasonal allergy remedy.
MSM sulfur is a white, odorless and water soluble element found in nature and in foods such as milk, fruit, vegetables, seafood and meat. It is particularly rich in eggs, onions, garlic, asparagus and broccoli. When food is heated, washed, frozen or processed, it runs out in its natural MSM warehouses – making integration beneficial.
Seasonal allergies affect over 23 million Americans every year. Symptoms can include sneezing, watery eyes, runny nose, congestion, coughing, itchy throat and fatigue. The side effects of antihistamines include drowsiness and decongestants can cause insomnia or irritability. The goal of the MSM study was to evaluate whether a natural mineral can reduce allergy symptoms and determine if it has possible side effects.
The study was published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Fifty-five patients with seasonal allergies received MSM at 2,600 milligrams per day. The use of MSM resulted in a significant reduction in upper and total respiratory symptoms within 7 days. Lower respiratory symptoms were substantially improved within the third week. Few side effects have been associated with the use of MSM and no patients have left the study from adverse reactions. In addition, by the 14th day the participants’ energy levels had increased considerably.
The researchers linked that the 2,600 mg / day MSM supplementation for 30 days is an effective and “side effect free” remedy for reducing seasonal allergic symptoms. An unexpected and valuable advantage of MSM has been a significant increase in energy. For this reason, it is best to take MSM early in the day rather than in the afternoon or evening too close to bedtime.
As for vitamin C, some people with allergies have experienced an improvement in symptoms after taking 1-2 grams of vitamin C per day (1,000 to 2,000 milligrams). A buffered form of vitamin C such as calcium ascorbate may work better for allergy or asthma sufferers than regular vitamin C, according to a study by the American Journal of Digestive Diseases.
A group of researchers has shown that vitamin C reduces the tendency of the bronchial passages of the lung to go into spasm (Annals of Allergy), and another study in China has shown that people with more vitamin C in the diet had higher lung volume – in the sense that they could exhale more air than those who eat less vitamin.
Natural remedies can go a long way in providing effective allergy relief without the side effects of medications such as drowsiness or headaches.