Popular joint supplement slows aggressive breast cancers
October 27, 2012
Volume 2 | Issue 84
You may know that sulfur has that nasty, rotten-egg smell that none of us wants around. But you may not know that one-quarter of your body weight is sulfur. Most of it is in your muscles, skin, and bones. Sulfur is so vital for your body that it can help prevent and treat joint problems, fatigue, and depression. But new research suggests it can even slow down highly aggressive breast cancer tumors.
A new study out of China wanted to know if the compound methylsulfonylmethane could inhibit breast cancer growth. You may know methylsulfonylmethane as MSM. This organic sulfur-containing compound provides your body with an abundance of sulfur. So taking the supplement would give the researchers clear evidence as to whether it can stop breast cancer or not.
In this study, the researchers wanted to determine the effect of MSM on breast cancer cell survival. So they exposed cells to different concentrations of MSM (100, 300, and 500 mM) for 24 hours. Then they compared these cells to the control cells.
What they found is that the higher the dose, the more the MSM decreased the cells’ ability to survive.
But 24 hours isn’t long enough to prove anything. So the researchers took the next step and gave mice with these tumors the same dosage of MSM for 30 days. They had the same results – the more MSM they took, the more the MSM was able to suppress the cancer cells. The results were so profound that the researchers recommended the use of MSM for the treatment of all types of breast cancer including the highly aggressive triple-negative cancers. Triple-negative breast cancers do not respond to hormonal therapies like Tamoxifen. So this recommendation carries significant weight.
If you have any form of breast cancer, you may want to follow these researchers' advice and add MSM to your diet. You can get sulfur from raw (but not pasteurized) milk, meat, fish, fruits, vegetables (particularly garlic and onions), and grains.
However, you’re not going to get enough sulfur from food to treat cancer (though it may help prevent it). To fight the tumors, you’ll need to take supplemental MSM. You should ask an integrative physician how much you should take. But most dosages will be between 1,000 mg daily and 6,000 mg daily. Take it to bowel tolerance.
An added benefit: If you have arthritis, you may find the extra sulfur helps relieve some of your joint pain.
Your Insider for better health,
Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.
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