Saturday, 5 December 2009


Well, I know from the response I have had from this article over the last year that there are a lot of you out there suffering from painful joints. If you are one of the many people who suffer from some form of joint pain, then the fact that there are natural treatments to alleviate or even remove symptoms will be very good news.

There are two major ways in which things can go wrong in the joint:

- The cartilage that should buffer the ends of the joints can be worn away. This is primarily wear and tear damage and can be caused by sporting activities, certain types of work, or being overweight. The ends of the bones then rub painfully together, causing inflammation and pain. Sometimes the bones will eventually fuse together, causing immobility of the joint. This type of damage is usually identified as osteoarthritis.

- The ends of the bones, synovial membrane (the lining of the joint which secretes lubrication), and cartilage can all be attacked by the body’s immune system, if it goes badly wrong and starts mistaking the body’s own tissues as enemies instead of bugs and germs. This is known as an autoimmune disease, and is identified as rheumatoid arthritis.

Dealing with the pain is vital, as untreated pain can cause many other symptoms such as poor sleeping patterns, decreased mobility – and bad temper!

At Elixir Health Foods, we have had very good response from people taking MSM for their joints. MSM is the most concentrated source of sulphur available, and actually stands for Methyl Sulphonyl Methane, so you can see why we abbreviate it!

Sulphur is found in most body tissues and approximately half is concentrated in the muscles, skin and bones. However, sulphur concentration in arthritic cartilage has been shown to be about one-third the level found in normal cartilage. In one study, patients with x-ray evidence of degenerative joint disease given MSM had an 82% reduction in pain after six weeks, compared to 18% reduction in those given placebo pills. In fact, they have documented that MSM lessens inflammation, reduces pain, improves blood supply and lowers muscle spasm in inflammation or in any painful condition, such as tennis elbow or carpal tunnel syndrome.

Basically, MSM is extremely safe. It is actually one of the least toxic substances in nature, similar in toxicity to water. However, as MSM can have a beneficial detoxing effect on the body, remember to drink plenty of water whilst taking it.

To buy MSM tablets: click here or on any of the coloured links above.  If you wish to speak to a customer advisor, you an telephone us on 01208 814500 for further information. We're always there to help.

Well, would you believe it, this is the last you will hear from me before Christmas. Doesn’t it come earlier every year? Mind you, it struck me last year that it could have been worse – at least he only had ONE son! On that note, I wish you all a very happy Christmas and a prosperous new year.

By Randi Henderson, Elixir Health Foods

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