Deer velvet is a traditional Chinese medicine treatment. Other names for it include velvet antler and antler velvet. It is made from immature deer antlers, which are covered in velvet-like hair. At this stage, the antlers are made of cartilage. The antlers also contain protein, fat, minerals, and other chemical compounds.
The evidence to support taking MSM for most of these is lacking.
However, there is evidence that MSM may help a bit with the pain and swelling of kneeosteoarthritis. Also, early animal research shows some promise for decreasing joint degeneration.
Limited small studies also show that MSM may help with exercise recovery. But researchers have more work to do to confirm this.
MSM has shown some effectiveness for treating allergies, repetitive stress injuries, certain bladder disorders like intestinal cystitis, and wounds.
People usually take from 500 milligrams of MSM three times daily to 3 grams twice daily for osteoarthritis. However, optimal doses of MSM have not been set for any condition. And quality and active ingredients in supplements may vary widely from maker to maker. This makes it hard to set a standard dose.
Can you get MSM naturally from foods
Very small amounts of MSM can be found in:
Tea and coffee
But the amounts in these foods are a small fraction of the amount in supplements.