MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) is one of the most popular joint supplements on the market. The reason for this is quite simple: MSM works! This naturally occurring organosulphur compound is one of the best joint health supplements in the world and has been suggested to improve joint flexibility, reduce pain and injury frequency in numerous clinical studies. Some research even shows that MSM helps repair and strengthen your cartilage in certain situations.
The same can be said about turmeric. This Indian spice is linked to a long list of health benefits. One of those is the potent reduction in inflammation, which makes turmeric highly effective at treating joint pain. Turmeric extracts have been shown to help with not only osteoarthritis symptoms, but also contribute to the healing of your connective tissues – promoting optimal joint health in old age.
It, therefore, makes sense that people would want to combine MSM and turmeric at the same time to maximize the benefits.
But is it really a smart idea to take turmeric and MSM together? Is it safe? What can you take with MSM to make it more effective? In today’s post, we answer these questions in detail – starting with a brief summary for those who’re short on time.
The Short Answer:
MSM and Turmeric can safely be taken together if you’re a healthy person. Many joint supplements use both MSM and turmeric together due to their synergistic benefits for joint pain, inflammation, and cartilage repair. However, if you are on any medications or if you suffer from a condition, talk to your doctor before taking turmeric.
Should You Take MSM and Turmeric Together?
The answer to this question is yes, but not always. The reason is that the two supplements have different mechanisms of action and their combined effects are not fully researched. It is possible that MSM and turmeric can be taken together, but it’s important to monitor for any side effects.
Turmeric has been studied extensively and its benefits have been confirmed in many studies. MSM, too, has been the subject of many studies so there’s plenty of information online about its safety and effectiveness, perhaps not as much when taken with turmeric supplements. Still, MSM supplements generally don’t have side effect reports from users, and MSM is naturally produced by our body, so the risk of side effects is considered to be minimal. 
Benefits of Taking MSM and Turmeric Together
Turmeric is a spice that has been used in Indian cooking for centuries. It is also believed to have medicinal properties and has been used to treat arthritis, heart disease, and other health problems.
MSM is an organic compound that can be found in many foods, such as fruits and vegetables, grains, milk and eggs. It is also found in some cosmetics and personal care products.
Taking MSM and Turmeric together has many benefits. The first is that it can be taken as a supplement to an existing treatment regimen. MSM is a natural sulfur compound that can boost the immune system, while turmeric has been used for centuries in Indian cooking and Ayurvedic medicine to soothe inflammation.
The second benefit of taking MSM and turmeric together is that they are both natural supplements. This means they are safe to take together without any adverse effects on the body, unlike some pharmaceuticals which may cause side-effects when taken with other medications.
The third benefit of taking these two supplements together is that they can reduce joint pain by reducing inflammation in the joints and muscles, which increases mobility and reduces stiffness. So, in addition to providing a boost to joint health, MSM and turmeric also work synergistically together because they both contain compounds that help you with inflammation. [2, 3]
The drawbacks of taking these two supplements together are limited, but it’s important to note that they should not be taken with other supplements or medications without consulting your doctor first.
Some people might experience stomach upset or nausea from taking both MSM and turmeric at the same time, so it is recommended that they take them separately instead of together. More on this below.
Side effects of taking MSM and Turmeric together
MSM and turmeric are two supplements that have many benefits. They can be taken together to enhance the effects of each supplement.
However, MSM and turmeric should not be taken together if you have certain health conditions or if you are taking certain medications. You should always consult your doctor before taking any supplements in combination with other supplements or medication.
Turmeric is safe to use with MSM supplements as long as you do not exceed the recommended dosage of turmeric. Turmeric can also be used with other supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin, but it should not be used with high doses of vitamin C or E.
It is also important to mention that the dosage of MSM and turmeric also determines the effects you’ll get from combining these two compounds. Here’s what we mean…
MSM & Turmeric Dosage
The safe effective dosage for MSM is shown to be 500mg per day. Some users take up to 1,500mg of MSM per day or more without experiencing side effects. Studies show that it is a generally safe compound to supplement with, so even larger doses don’t appear to cause issues for most people. However, that is not to say that you should take higher doses of MSM. In fact, more MSM doesn’t lead to any additional benefits. It’s been suggested that 100mg of MSM works just as well as higher doses. As such, it’s best to start low in order to avoid adding unnecessary load to your body.
As for turmeric, the safe optimal dosage is around 400mg per day for managing joint pain and inflammation, but even lower doses are shown to be effective. Around 200mg of turmeric extract (95% curcuminoids) per day is an ideal safe dose if you’re planning on taking it long-term. This way, you’re maximizing its benefits while minimizing the risk of any side effects.
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