How Does Sulfur Help in Treating Arthritis?

Sulfur is an indispensable ingredient in our nutrition. Besides, it is found in our every cell and is structurally and functionally important to 150 compounds, including hormones, enzymes, antibodies and antioxidants. It is found in the muscle, skin, bones, nails and hair.

In our body, it is found as a naturally occurring compound called methyl-sulfony-methane, or dimethyl sulfone or MSM. It occurs as a pure white crystal with a bitter taste. At a very basic level, it helps in the smooth functioning of the body processes, including the skin, hair and nails. At higher levels, it can also treat asthma, arthritis, allergies and digestive disorders.

MSM and its related compounds DMSO and DMS are the source of all the humans needed by plants, animals and humans. It can be used to treat a variety of ailments, chiefly arthritis.

It does this by treating arthritis and other forms of joint inflammation, maintain the flexibility of the joints and elasticity of the connective tissue. It also improves blood circulation, reduces arthritic pain and scar tissue, breaks up calcium deposits associated with arthritis and prevents cartilage degeneration.

Nutrients for arthritis

Glucosamine

Glucosamine sulfate (GS) and chondroitin sulfate (CS) help in building and maintaining healthy joints and connective tissues. Glucosamine gives flexibility to the connective tissue and arteries by providing a framework for collagen, and softening arteries to prevent blood fats from being deposited and building up. It should be taken in doses of 500 mg three times daily and can give results in about 4-8 weeks.

DMSO

Dimethyl Sulfoxide is known to permeate the living tissue and stimulate cellular processes. It can help in arthritis treatment by blocking pain, reducing inflammation, killing bacteria and funguses, reducing blood clotting, improving circulation, neutralizing free radicals, stimulating the immune system, and quickening the healing of wounds.

Bromelain

This is an enzyme derived from the stem of the pineapple plant that can be useful in treating arthritis symptoms such as acute inflammation from accidents, surgery and chronic inflammation such as inflammatory diseases of arthritis, hemorrhoids, thrombophlebitis and gastrointestinal diseases of ileitis, diverticulitis, gastritis, colitis and ulcers. For best results, dosages of 900-1,100 mg. per day in divided doses should be given. This can be tapered down as the child’s condition improves.