MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) Suppresses Breast Cancer
By Michael Mooney,
October, 2012

A new study investigated methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) to see if it inhibits breast cancer growth.

MSM is available as a dietary supplement, commonly used in joint health supplements. MSM contains sulfur. About one quarter percent of our body weight is sulfur.

Sulfur is anti-inflammatory and vitally important for the health of skin, muscles, bones, joints and brain.

Application of it may improve the symptoms of arthritis.

Even bathing in sulfur-rich mud baths can relieve the aches of people with arthritis.

Not enough sulfur over the long-term and people can be tired and depressed. They may have joint pains and might have ruddy skin.

MSM And Breast Cancer - Even Triple Negative
The study first looked at breast cancer cells and found that the higher the dose of MSM the less ability the cancer cells had to survive.

Then the researchers gave MSM to mice with tumors for 30 days and found that the more MSM they gave the more MSM suppressed the cancer cells.

The researchers were so convinced of the results that they are recommending MSM for the treatment of all types of breast cancers, including the very aggressive triple negative cancers, which do not respond to hormonal therapies, like Tamoxifen.

You can get MSM to some extent from diet - it's contained in higher quantities in onions, garlic, egg yolks and meats - but you're not going to get enough from food to treat breast cancer.

Daily dosing for breast cancer, approximated from the study, could be 2,000 mg to 10,000 mg, but human studies are needed to determine optimal dosing.

MSM could also be taken to ward off breast cancer. Daily dosing might be 1,000 mg to 3,000 mg.

Since MSM is a natural organic compound that is non-toxic, higher doses make more sense.

Reference: Lim EJ, et al. Methylsulfonylmethane Suppresses Breast Cancer Growth by Down-Regulating STAT3 and STAT5b PathwaysPLoS ONE 7(4): e33361. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0033361
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