2017 Company Profiles: Bergstrom Nutrition
For more than 25 years, Bergstrom Nutrition has been the leading manufacturer of MSM and pioneered its use for humans and animals. Bergstrom Nutrition’s flagship brand, OptiMSM has earned the reputation of being the purest, safest and most consistent MSM in the world.
Bergstrom Nutrition’s dedication to uncompromising quality and service, and their commitment to ongoing research to further understand the safety, applications, and mechanisms of action have made them the leading supplier of the highest quality form of MSM—OptiMSM.
The high standards set by Bergstrom Nutrition continue to make OptiMSM, a highly utilized and recommended anti-inflammatory and antioxidant for joint and muscle health, sports performance, skin care and immunity. As studies uncover the benefits of this sulfur-rich nutrient, even greater applications and efficacy will be determined for supplement manufacturers to include OptiMSM as an excellent addition to enhance dietary formulations.
OptiMSM is backed by FSSC 22000 certification, ISO 9001:2015 registration, HACCP/cGMP (current good manufacturing practice) compliance, and more than 25 years of manufacturing expertise.
The OptiMSM Advantage
OptiMSM is produced through a proprietary, multi-stage distillation process that ensures it is 99.9 percent pure product to make it the same as the MSM found in nature. Each batch is third-party tested to ensure optimal consistency, purity and quality.
Manufactured exclusively in the United States, OptiMSM is certified kosher, halal and GRAS (generally recognized as safe)-designated. OptiMSM’s GRAS-designation indicates that Bergstrom Nutrition has met the criteria set forth by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and received the FDA’s Letter of Non-Objection, and is indicative of Bergstrom Nutrition’s commitment to safety and quality.
Key Applications for OptiMSM
Bergstrom Nutrition’s commitment to research along with decades of independent discovery recently culminated in a review published in the March 2017 issue of Nutrients. The full article is titled “Methylsulfonylmethane: Applications and Safety of a Novel Dietary Supplement.” The article provides an in-depth overview and highlights the data, and research supporting MSM and cites 195 references.
An anti-inflammatory, OptiMSM helps lessen pro-inflammatory markers to inhibit inflammation in the body.1 Its anti-inflammatory properties support healthy joints and help minimize wear and tear on the body
Sulfur is a key component of healthy joints and cartilage. OptiMSM provides a concentrated amount of sulfur easily assimilated and used by the body to help support joint health. Through mechanisms to reduce inflammation in the joints, OptiMSM can enhance penetrability properties when combined with other joint supportive nutrients, including glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate.2,3 It also helps protect cartilage by reducing inflammatory markers that break down cartilage.4
Sports supplements include OptiMSM, as research shows it can help alleviate muscle soreness associated with an active lifestyle and prolonged strenuous exercise. By reducing various mechanisms associated with the inflammatory response in the muscles and surrounding connective tissue, MSM can reduce muscle soreness following exercise training.5 It can also help regulate nitric oxide synthase that can lead to elevated inflammatory markers.6
Immune Support OptiMSM benefits the immune system by supporting cell regeneration and permeability that is needed to help the immune response and cells function properly. Taking OptiMSM before exhaustive exercise can even help prevent intensified stress put on the immune system.7,8
OptiMSM can help protect the skin from aging and improve skin texture and elasticity. Clinical studies reduce fine lines, wrinkles and maintain the structural integrity of the skin. It can also help maintain healthy hair and nails.
OptiMSM stimulates specific genes that are responsible for supporting healthy skin connectivity and collagen to maintain firmer skin. It also regulates gene expression that is in charge of improving the absorption of nutrients and distribution of water in the epidermis.
• Tim Hammond, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Europe
• Eric Brown, Sales Director, West Coast, Asia, Australia
• Eric Withee, Sales Director, East Coast, Canada, South America
• Rod Benjamin, Director of Research, Development and Technical Services
1 Ahn, H.; Kim, J.; Lee, M.-J.; Kim, Y.J.; Cho, Y.-W.; Lee, G.-S. Methylsulfonylmethane inhibits NLRP3 inflammasome activation. Cytokine 2015, 71, 223–231.
2 Kloesch, B.; Liszt, M.; Broell, J.; Steiner, G. Dimethyl sulphoxide and dimethyl sulphone are potent inhibitors of IL-6 and IL-8 expression in the human chondrocyte cell line C-28/I2. Life Sci. 2011, 89, 473–478.
3 Kim, Y.; Kim, D.; Lim, H.; Baek, D.; Shin, H.; Kim, J. The anti-inflammatory effects of methylsulfonylmethane on lipopolysaccharide-induced inflammatory responses in murine macrophages. Biol. Pharm. Bull. 2009, 32, 651–656.
4 Kobayashi, M.; Squires, G.R.; Mousa, A.; Tanzer, M.; Zukor, D.J.; Antoniou, J.; Feige, U.; Poole, A.R. Role of interleukin-1 and tumor necrosis factor α in matrix degradation of human osteoarthritic cartilage. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2005, 52, 128–135.
5 Melcher, D.A.; Lee, S.-R.; Peel, S.A.; Paquette, M.R.; Bloomer, R.J. Effects of methylsulfonylmethane supplementation on oxidative stress, muscle soreness, and performance variables following eccentric exercise. Gazz. Med. Ital.-Arch. Sci. Med. 2016, 175, 1–13.
6 Kim, Y.; Kim, D.; Lim, H.; Baek, D.; Shin, H.; Kim, J. The anti-inflammatory effects of methylsulfonylmethane on lipopolysaccharide-induced inflammatory responses in murine macrophages. Biol. Pharm. Bull. 2009, 32, 651–656
7 Van der Merwe, M.; Bloomer, R.J. The influence of methylsulfonylmethane on inflammation-associated cytokine release before and following strenuous exercise. J. Sports Med. 2016, 2016, 7498359.
8 Kalman, D.S.; Feldman, S.; Samson, A.; Krieger, D.R. A randomized double blind placebo controlled evaluation of msm for exercise induced discomfort/pain. FASEB J. 2013, 27, 1076–1077.