The Short Answer:
You can take both turmeric and MSM if you are an overall healthy person. A lot of joint supplements on the market today use both MSM and turmeric as their active ingredients due to their benefits for joint health. We still recommend talking to your local doctor before taking any supplement for the first time.
MSM, also called Methylsulfonylmethane is one of the most popular ingredients you can find in a joint supplement on the market. The reason for this is obvious, MSM is an ingredient that works. What exactly is MSM beneficial for?
Plenty of studies have shown that MSM helps to reduce joint pain, inflammation, and improve joint flexibility in those who suffer from arthritis. Other research shows that this nutrient helps to repair your cartilage and benefit its overall health.
Practically the same benefits can be expected by taking turmeric. Turmeric is a spice with a very long list of health benefits, including reduced inflammation due to potent compounds within it called curcuminoids. The most potent curcuminoid among all of them is curcumin. Other benefits include lessened joint pain and improved healing of the connective tissues.
So, it makes sense that people would mix both of these ingredients and take them together for maximum benefits.
However, the question is – is it safe to take MSM and turmeric together? What else can you take with MSM to make it more potent? Let’s answer these questions in more detail.
Should You Take MSM and Turmeric Together?
Should you and can you take MSM and turmeric together at the same time? Yes, but not every time. These two ingredients work a little differently and their combined effects are not thoroughly researched yet. These two can be taken together, but the best bet would be to monitor if there would be any side effects or not since every person is different.
Generally, MSM and turmeric shouldn’t cause major side effects when taken in recommended doses. Both ingredients are highly studied and their benefits have been confirmed by a lot of studies. Also, MSM is naturally produced in our body, so that makes the risk of side effects with it extremely small. 
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.
The first benefit of taking turmeric and MSM together is that they can be mixed together in a joint supplement; this makes them easier to consume. Another benefit is that they are both completely natural, and they have been shown to reduce joint aches and inflammation to a significant degree when taken in proper dosages. This improves mobility and reduces stiffness which is associated with arthritis. [2, 3]
Side effects of taking MSM and Turmeric together
MSM and turmeric shouldn’t be taken together if you have conditions or if you are on medication. As long as you don’t exceed the recommended doses, these ingredients shouldn’t cause any major side effects.
It’s also important to know that the dosage of turmeric and MSM determines the effects you’ll be getting from taking these two ingredients together.
MSM & Turmeric Dosage
MSM should be safe to take at a dosage of around 500mg per day. Some people prefer to take up to 1500mg with no side effects at all, but we think you should keep it at around 500mg, or even a bit lower. Several studies have shown that 100mg of MSM works almost like the higher doses. This is where MSM tends to be safe and effective at the same time.
Turmeric, on the other hand, should be taken at around 400mg per daily for optimal results. This is a dosage when turmeric seems to be effective and safe at the same time. If you’re planning to take it in the long run, 200mg per day is enough, but you should take turmeric as an extract that is standardized to at least 95% curcuminoids if you’re looking to get the highest benefits from it.
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