Methylsulfonylmethane is an organosulfur compound with the formula (CH SO It is also known by several other names including methyl sulfone and dimethyl sulfone. This colorless solid features the sulfonyl functional group and is the simplest of the sulfones.
Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is a chemical that occurs naturally in humans, as well as some green plants and animals. It can also be made in a lab.
Laboratory studies have found that MSM has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Sulphur, which is a major component of MSM, plays an important role in making collagen and glucosamine, both of which are vital for healthy bones and joints, and in the production of immunoglobulins, which help your immune system.
For this reason, MSM is also known as dimethyl sulfone and methyl sulfone. A person can get MSM naturally from food, but producers can also make the compound synthetically by combining dimethylsulfoxide and hydrogen peroxide.