Bergstrom Nutrition, manufacturer of OptiMSM®, a branded form of methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), recently published an article detailing how the small intestine absorbs MSM, particularly in relation to sulfur. The article, titled “Small Intestinal Absorption of Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) and Accumulation of the Sulfur Moiety in Selected Tissues of Mice,” was published in the December 2017 issue of Nutrients and can be viewed here.
“The study found oral ingestion of OptiMSM® provides the body with a rapidly absorbed, readily available, constant supply of sulfur,” said Tim Hammond, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Bergstrom Nutrition. “The sulfur donated by OptiMSM relieves the bioburden of essential amino acids cysteine and methionine, thereby ensuring sufficient quantity available for critical metabolic processes.”
Randal Buddington, Director of the Institute of Prematurity and Perinatal Research at the University of Memphis, served as the Principal Investigator of the study.
“We recently discovered that MSM provides the sulfur needed for many of the body’s metabolic reactions, including sulfation, which is the process of adding sulfur to molecules,” said Buddington. “MSM allows more of the sulfur-containing and essential amino acid, methionine, to be used for synthesis of proteins and other important molecules rather than as a source of sulfur. This all points to yet another health benefit of MSM and an additional reason to supplement the diet with this ample source of sulfur.”