In this blog post i’m focusing on one of the well-used ingredients in my “animal care kit” – MSM!
MSM or Methylsulfonylmethane. Is an organic Sulphur containing compound. That’s often used to help with maintaining healthy joints.
It’s often used to help both animals and people.
So what is MSM?
MSM is a natural occurring substance. And is found in fruits, vegetables, grains, animals and humans.
Why is MSM used with animals?
Although MSM is naturally occurring in foods. A lot is often lost during the preparation process. Or even in the growing process of fruit and vegetables (depending on the method of production). Deficiencies in Sulphur can result in many issues. Including reduced functioning of cells, tissue and enzymes in the body. Inorganic Sulphur is poorly absorbed. Organic, biologically active Sulphur is important for the health of every living organism. MSM is the natural source of biological Sulphur to which we are adapted through our evolution. It’s believed MSM has the following benefits:
- Relieve pain
- Allergy relief
How is MSM used?
It’s used in both supplements and skincare.
It’s generally considered safe to use. However, as with all medicines – it’s important to get your Veterinary Surgeon’s approval before using. This is essential if your horse, dog (or other animal) is on other medication. Your animal may not need MSM even though it seems a great idea! So DO check with your vet!
Choosing an MSM product..
Whether you want to use a supplement or skincare product, choose as high quality product as you can. The quality of MSM can vary a lot. And in extreme circumstances some poorly produced MSM products can even have a risk of contamination and toxicity.
You can find supplements that combine MSM with Glucosamine or Chondroitin (or both!) – which are ingredients also themselves used as joint health supplements.
If you want your animal to have MSM through his/her food sources. Then choosing a diet that is raw and organic will be helpful to ensure more of the naturally occurring MSM is retained. Good grass and apples are a good source for horses.
Here at Taranet..
I use both skincare and supplements containing MSM to help my horses and dogs. These also combine Aloe Vera, with the supplement also containing Glucosamine and Chrondroitin. If you’d like more information, please email me at info @ taranet .co. uk
Have you used MSM products with your animal? Which were they and did they help?
Until next time,
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