Foods With Methylsulfonylmethane

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Foods With Methylsulfonylmethane
MSM in many of its natural forms (food image by dinostock from Fotolia.com)

Methylsulfonylmethane, otherwise known as MSM, aids many key functions in the body and is essential for healthy living. MSM acts as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antacid. MSM also has been shown to help alleviate cramping and soreness as well as arthritis pain, according to the Iowa State University Extension website. Although MSM is found naturally in the body, there also are many foods that contain the chemical.

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Raw Vegetables

MSM is found in several kinds of raw vegetables. Dark greens, tomatoes and other vegetables that are rich with yellow, orange or red colour are all good choices when it comes to MSM. These include vegetables such as carrots, spinach, peppers and radishes. However, cooked vegetables lose a significant amount of their MSM, so you'll consume more MSM if you eat the vegetables raw.

Foods With Methylsulfonylmethane
Vegetables with MSM (vegetables image by dinostock from Fotolia.com)

Meat

Poultry, fish and meats high in protein, such as lean minced meat, are also good sources of MSM. Like with vegetables, meat loses MSM when cooked, but the daily recommended dosage of MSM is about 1 to 2 grams, so eating a variety of foods with MSM can provide a person with enough of the daily recommended allowance.

Foods With Methylsulfonylmethane
Chicken provides MSM. (chicken dinner image by Liz Van Steenburgh from Fotolia.com)

Eggs and Milk

Along with plenty of protein and nutrients, eggs contain MSM. According to the Egg Farmers of Canada website, Eggs for Energy, nutrients like MSM and protein found in eggs help to build and repair body tissues, fight infections and keep your body fluids in balance. Milk is also a source of MSM, though it loses some of its MSM content when it is processed, so unpasteurised milk contains higher amounts of the nutrient than pasteurised milk.

Foods With Methylsulfonylmethane
A good breakfast of eggs and milk provides plenty of MSM. (eggs and milk image by Jeffrey Zalesny from Fotolia.com)

Fruits

Fruits also contain MSM. The most nutritious fruits are rich in red, yellow or green colour, including apples, strawberries, bananas and grapes. According to Harvard School of Public Health's website, Vegetables and Fruits, "Most people should aim for at least nine servings (at least 4 1/2 cups) of vegetables and fruits a day." In order to achieve this recommended value, the website also suggests keeping fruit where you can see it. This way, you'll be more likely to eat fruit.

Foods With Methylsulfonylmethane
Fruits such as apples and strawberries are sources of MSM. (fruit image by Daughterson from Fotolia.com)

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