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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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