Thursday, June 9, 2011

How much MSM should one take for hair growth?

Black hair, due to its propensity for dryness, requires extra care to maintain health and promote growth.  For hair growth, it is important to always remember that a healthy diet of fruits, veggies, nuts and grains will provide lasting health, growth and beauty.   Also, remember that drinking plenty of water is important so as to carry nutrients to the scalp. So supplements are not a quick fix if you have otherwise poor eating habits.
But for those who are more adventurous, how much MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) is safe to take for hair growth?

MSM - What is it?

MSM is a naturally occurring nutrient - and is a sulfur compound.  It is found naturally in foods.  It is present in all living organisms.  Foods containing MSM are: onions, garlic, cruciferous vegetables and proteins such as nuts, seeds, milk and eggs.

Sulfur has a long history as a healing agent.  Many people have soaked in mineral hot springs to heal many ailments such as arthritis.  One of the essential funcions of MSM is helping in the formation of keratin, which is essential for hair and nail growth. 

MSM - how much to take?

Many people have started taking MSM, or methylsulfonylmethane, because it  has been touted as promoting hair growth by extendiing the anagen or growth phase.  The amount necessary may vary therefore from person to person since this phase can vary in different people. It is said to be governed by genetics. So, it is important to consider your own growth pattern. 

According to research, MSM has been used widely by patients with heartburn, chronic arthritic pain and asthma.

Many women want to know how much to take to promote hair growth.  This is probably very individualized and based largely upon heredity.  First of all, it is necessary to establish guidelines as to toxicity. As far as safety:

"Clinical trials have investigated  doses ranging from 1,500mg/day to 6,000mg/day....MSM toxicity studies indicate that these large doses do not present safety issues, however, it is possible that they could result in occasional loose stools or other minor effects."

So it seems that at least there are some guidelines for side effects and toxicity.  People have taken up to 2 grams without serious side effects other than loose stools as the body rids itself of the excess.

 Many women are taking about 1,000mg/daily for hair growth. This may vary and each person needs to take into consideration his own growth patterns  But, as with any new medication or supplement, it would be wise to check with your health care practitioner to make sure that it is not contraindicated.


Lawrence, Ronald, " What is MSM?"
"Consumer FAQ"

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