Q. I went through menopause early, at age 42, and was distressed to find my hair falling out. I read that MSM might reverse this problem and started taking it. My hair stopped falling out and has been fine ever since. I know this isn’t science, but maybe someone else can benefit from my experience.

A. MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) is found naturally in many plants and animals. Although it has a reputation for relieving arthritis pain and allergies, research supporting these claims is not strong. We could find no studies in the medical literature demonstrating that MSM can fight hair loss. On the other hand, we have heard from other women with experience like yours.

Animal studies suggest that MSM is generally safe. The PDR for Nutritional Supplements (2001) recommends that pregnant women and nursing mothers avoid taking it.

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