MSM powder has a nasty sulfuric taste. (Photo by Shiny Things)
For the past seven weeks or so, I've been supplementing with a powder containing 1,000 mg of methylsulfonylmethane, 600 mg of glucosamine and 400 mg of chondroitin per teaspoon. The idea was to see whether has other interesting qualities - namely, an effect on hair and nail growth - besides the horrible sulfuric taste.
If you Google "MSM hair growth", you're bound to find dozens of anecdotal claims of MSM's efficiency. My personal experience, however, has been a disappointment. I haven't noticed any difference in the rate of growth of my hair and nails, and definitely not in the strength.
The one study that exists on this subject concluded that 3,000 mg of MSM had a notable effect on the subjects. Thus far, I've been taking only 1,000 mg per day, which might of course be too small an amount to affect anything.
To see whether a larger dosage makes any difference, I'm going to start taking more MSM (and maybe skip the glucosamine and chondroitin). I'll just have to locate a product that is decently priced first - the previous one I tested was too expensive to take in quantities larger than one teaspoon per day. Capsule form would be nice, too, so I wouldn't have to deal with the unpleasant taste of the powder.
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