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Use of natural source MSM for maintenance and protection of articular cartilage

Published: 2002-12-31

Use of natural source MSM for maintenance and protection of articular cartilage
The following is a short summary of the presentation of the study `Use of natural source MSM for maintenance and protection of equine articular cartilage. This study was presented at the 3th Annual Nutraceutical Alliance Symposium at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. The authors of this study were M. Hurtig of the Comparative Orthopaedic Research Laboratory (University of Guelph) and W. O´Neill (nutraceutical alliance).

The study was executed to identify fundamental anti-inflamatory characteristics of MSM in an in vitro model of equine degenerative joint disease. Alavis-MSM was used. Articular cartilage of fourteen horses, euthanised for reasons unrelated to joint disease, was used to set up pro-inflammatory models to similate arthritic conditions. The researchers found that inclusion in the culture media had a therapeutic effect on GAG loss, though this effect was transient and mild. MSM Reduced the production of prostaglandin production. There was no effect of MSM on elaboration of indwere are discussed especially the potential of MSM to protect against inflammatory mediators.

Probably more information regarding this, and other studies presented at the nutraceutical alliance symposium will soon be found on http://www.nutraceuticalalliance.com