Health Benefits of MSM: Cell Health

Impact #1: Cell health

The human body has roughly 10 trillion cells. This article from explains why each cell needs oxygen.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins have discovered how cells fine-tune their oxygen use to make do with whatever amount is available at the moment.

Too little oxygen threatens life by compromising mitochondria that power it, so when oxygen is scarce, cells appear to adjust by replacing one protein with an energy-efficient substitute that “is specialized to keep the motor running smoothly even as it begins to run out of gas,” says Gregg Semenza, M.D., Ph.D., a professor of pediatrics and director of the vascular biology program in the Institute for Cell Engineering at Hopkins. “This is one way that cells maintain energy production under less than ideal conditions.” A report on the work is in the April 6 issue of Cell.

“Cells require a constant supply of oxygen,” Semenza says, “so it’s vital for them to quickly react to slight changes in oxygen levels.” The protein-swap is how they do it.

In the mitochondria, the tiny powerhouses found in every cell, energy is produced by passing electrons through a series of relay stations called cytochromes until they eventually join with oxygen to form water. This final step is directed by the protein cytochrome coxidase, or COX for short. If electrons react with oxygen before reaching COX, they generate “free radicals” that can damage or destroy cells. The mitochondria are designed to produce energy without excess free radical production at normal oxygen

In short this means that if our cells don’t get enough oxygen then they begin to malfunction producing free radicals. Did you catch that second sentence? “Too little oxygen threatens life.” While this may seem intuitive, we tend to think that if we are breathing then we are getting enough oxygen. Getting air into your lungs safely is task #1. From there the lungs transport it into your blood stream and then into your 10 trillion cells. If your cells aren’t healthy or can receive the
oxygen you will basically be suffocating your body at the most basic and elemental level.

Casinos in Vegas are notorious for pumping pure oxygen onto the casino floors
as it helps people feel alive and awake. We need oxygen.

So how does sulfur fit into this? Well remember that sulfur is one of the few macro-minerals that transports oxygen right into the cell. It also makes each cell wall more permeable for other nutrients.

Hypoxia, or hypoxiation, is a pathological condition in which the body as a whole (generalized hypoxia) or a region of the body (tissue hypoxia, or less commonly regional hypoxia) is deprived of adequate oxygen supply. Variations in arterial oxygen concentrations can be part of the normal physiology, for example, during strenuous physical exercise. A mismatch between oxygen supply and its demand at the cellular level may result in a hypoxic condition.

The signs and symptoms of hypoxia can vary between different people, and by how long the symptoms have been present. Some of them include:

  • Dizzyness or fainting (syncope)
  • Shortness of breath (dyspnea)
  • Confusion, lethargy, and/or lack of judgment
  • Headache
  • Rapid heart rate (tachycardia)
  • Elevated respiratory rate (tachypnea)
  • Euphoria and a sense of well-being
  • Tingling, warm sensations

Lethargy is a feeling of weariness, tiredness, or lack of energy.

We know that many millions of people lack energy. Could it be something so simple as lack of oxygen? The more oxygen you have in your cells the more alive you feel.

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