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Sunday, February 1, 2009

Emergen-C with MSM

May be helpful for osteoarthritis (OA).

Several years ago my daughter-in-law told me about Emergen-C, which she found helpful for bad days with fibromyalgia. Emergen-C touts itself as "An Incredible Energy Booster" and claims the product's potassium boosts energy on a cellular level.

I could use more energy, and as a big fan of DMSO and MSM, when I saw they (Alcer Corp.) had a formula with MSM, I chose it. Limited human studies (1, 2) have indicated MSM has a pain-relieving effect in subjects with osteoarthritis. Since I have OA, I have tried this formula, and have found it useful. When I take it, I have less general pain.

I hadn't taken any for a couple of weeks, as I take various remedies at different times, but today I took some during a webcam visit with my granddaughter. We played a bouncing game we often play, and usually it causes me a lot of neck pain afterwards. However, I'm only feeling a vague version of the usual. It isn't a fair comparison, though, because I bounced more gently than usual. Next time I'll take some Emergen-C with MSM and bounce with my usual vigor. I'll let you know how that works out.

This formula contains 1,000 mg of vitamin C and 200 mg of potassium - plus other vitamins and minerals - in addition to 1,000 mg of MSM. This formula only comes in one flavor, citrus, but there are Emergen-C products without MSM in a wide variety of flavors including Lemon-Lime, Tangerine, Lemon-Cola, Raspberry, Strawberry and more. There's also a Strawberry for Kids formula and one with Glucosamine and Condroitin.

I always prefer powder and liquid remedies to tablets and capsules. I believe they absorb faster and more reliably. I even crush some tablets with a coffee grinder - along with a couple tablespoons of golden flax seeds - and open capsules to add their contents directly to my morning shake. So this fizzy powder is right up my alley.

I mostly use it at home, but since it comes in a box of single-serving foil packs, it's easy to keep one or two in my purse, or pack just a few when travelling.

The MSM formula doesn't taste bad to me, but my son, who liked the smell, definitely did not like the taste. I wouldn't say it's delicious, but then odd-tasting, perhaps-a-little-bitter things don't bother me. This product isn't bitter, but it is odd. But if you've ever tired to take powdered MSM in water, you'd know how comparatively tasty it is! Since it comes in a box of 36 individual packets, if you try it and don't like it, you can easily pass the rest on to someone else.

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