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Dr. Kevin Robinson of Nutraceutical Business Review spoke with Tim Hammond, VP of Sales & Marketing, Rodney Benjamin, Director of R&D and Technical Support, and Jane Duvauchelle, Sales Director, at Bergstrom to discuss the company‘s insights and recent research supporting the use of OptiMSM® for areas beyond joint health.

Bergstrom Nutrition, manufacturers of OptiMSM®, today announced that its trademarked MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) has undergone thorough testing and audit and is officially registered with Informed-Sport® and Informed-Choice® to be free of banned substances.

Bergstrom Nutrition, manufacturers of OptiMSM®, the world’s purest and only GRAS-designated MSM (methylsulfonylmethane), announced today it has been approved as a member of the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the dietary supplement industry’s leading trade association.

OptiMSM® by Bergstrom Nutrition was recently featured in a seminar at Vitafoods Europe 2013. The seminar discusses how OptiMSM can help to reduce oxidative stress. Watch the video seminar.

Giant Sports Products LLC is set to “shock and awe” with their third product SKU set to dominate the sports nutrition industry’s pre-workout category with a product aptly named, Metabolic Bioshock®. The product is set to make its debut towards the end of September 2013. Giant Sports Products has “shocked” the entire sports nutrition industry with their meteoric rise and presence in the industry based on the company selling high quality, cleverly formulated products backed by hard science and exceptional palatability.

On the heels of last week’s distribution agreement with American International Chemical to distribute its branded methlsulfonylmethane (MSM) into the Canadian market, Bergstrom Nutrition is looking to grow existing relationships and uncover new sources of untapped demand for its flagship OptiMSM ingredient.

Bergstrom Nutrition partnered with American International Chemical (AIC) to distribute its methlsulfonylmethane (MSM) in the Canadian marketplace. "We are thrilled to partner with AIC because it will further Bergstrom Nutrition's distribution in the Canadian market," said Tim Hammond, vice president of sales and marketing for Bergstrom Nutrition. "This venture into Canada perfectly emulates our goals to uncover new market demands and provide consistent service and product to our OptiMSM customers in Canada."

Bergstrom Nutrition, producer of OptiMSM®—the world’s only GRAS-designated proprietary and patented MSM (methylsulfonylmethane)—is pleased to announce that it has named Tim Hammond vice president of sales and marketing. Hammond has worked at Bergstrom Nutrition for over five years, most recently serving as its director of sales and strategic relations. Hammond oversees all aspects of Bergstrom’s strategic planning and competitive analysis for marketing and sales while facilitating management in all of the arenas, including product development.

As mainstream consumers grow increasingly interested in health and fitness, the demographic turning to sports and exercise supplements has continued to expand. And within this growing trend, post-workout nutrition is getting attention as the critical component for optimizing exercise and sport performance results. “While the advantages of physical activity are clear, strenuous activity also increases the risk of oxidative stress, which can lead to inflammation, as well as wear and tear on joints, tendons, ligaments, muscles and other connective tissue," said Tim Hammond, director of sales and strategic relations for Bergstrom Nutrition.

Choosing carefully what you put in your body during all phases of training results not only in better performance, but also enhances the long-term effectiveness of your training,” he says.

The stages. Tim Hammond, director of sales and strategic relations at Bergstrom Nutrition, Vancouver, WA, believes a pre-workout supplement “is an absolute MUST for anyone who is serious about their training or competition.” It helps athletes fuel up before training or competing, which he says is “critically important because a fully fueled body can mean the difference between a great workout and a shortened workout.” Plus, choosing the right nutrients may even reduce the chance of muscle injury.


Steve interviews Rod Benjamin, the Director of Technical Development at Bergstrom Nutrition. Bergstrom Nutrition is a supplier of proprietary, branded, and trademarked ingredients, like OptiMSM.

Listen to find out MSM’s role in human nutrition, as Rod discusses the history and benefits of MSM and what makes OptiMSM superior. He explains where MSM is found in nature and how OptiMSM is produced and purified in order to be identical to the MSM found in nature.

More MSM, Less Soreness

The benefits of MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) just keep getting stronger. A recent study funded by OptiMSM producer, Bergstrom Nutrition, offers new information regarding how the nutritional supplement helps reduce muscle soreness after increased exercise or new activities.The study has been published in April’s issue of The FASEB Journal (Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology).

Bergstrom Nutrition and OptiMSM were featured in the June issue of The article, titled "Bergstrom Nutrition sees sports nutrition potential for MSM" discusses the potential benefits of OptiMSM in the exercise market.

SupplySide MarketPlace Draws Crowd in East for Natural Ingredient Connections

A record-breaking number of attendees and exhibitors participated in VIRGO's 2013 global expo and conference, SupplySide MarketPlace, The trade show’s move to New York City has proved to be a boon, especially for East Coast representation in nutrition. Tim Hammond, director of sales and strategic relations with Washington- based Bergstrom Nutrition, said the company continues to gain traction at SupplySide Marketplace. “We did not exhibit the last few years it was located in New Jersey,” he said...

In the April edition of Nutraceuticals World, Tim Hammond, director of sales and strategic relations for Bergstrom Nutrition, discusses "The Next Generation of Joint Health Solutions".Read the entire article.

Natural health physician and founder, Dr. Joseph Mercola recently intereviewed Rod Benjamin, director of technical development for Bergstrom Nutrition, about the benefits of sulfur. Since OptiMSM, the world's purest and only US-made MSM, is 34% Sulfur by weight, it offers a cost-effective and efficient source of sulfur.

OptiMIZE your Life with OptiMSM® – A new approach to exercise recovery Natural Product Insider wrote an article about the benefits of OptiMSM® for exercise recovery in the February, 2013 edition of the publication. Check out the article on Natural Product Insider's website.

MSM was featured in the February 2013 issue of Muscle Development Magazine as a powerful antioxidant that aids in decreasing inflammation and joint pain.

VANCOUVER, Wash.— Bergstrom Nutrition and Glanbia Nutritionals will feature a prototype of OptiMSM®, an exercise recovery and joint support protein powder at the SupplySide WestExpo Nov. 5-9 in Las Vegas.

OptiMSM contains a new bioactive called PepForm® BCAA 2:1:1 Peptides and is the only GRAS-designated proprietary and patented MSM (methylsulfonylmethane). A recent proof of concept study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutritionsupports MSM's health claims about exercise recovery. The study found that in addition to contributing to overall joint health and mobility, MSM also supports a reduction in muscle soreness in a dose dependent manner as well as a significant increase in trolox equivalent antioxidant capacity.

VANCOUVER, Wash.— Bergstrom Nutrition and Glanbia Nutritionals will debut a new exercise recovery and joint support protein powder at SupplySide West on Nov. 7 and 8. The prototype utilizes PepForm BCAA 2:1:1 Peptides, in addition to OptiMSM, a patented GRAS methylsulfonylmethane (MSM).

In a recent study in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, MSM facilitated exercise recovery. Healthy men took 3 g/day and recorded reduced muscle soreness and fatigue.

The prototype pairs Bergstrom's MSM with Glanbia's PepForm amino acid product, and the companies claim the combination will offer shortened recovery time and a more effective delivery vehicle for crucial amino acids. For more information about sports nutrition products in the functional food market, read INSIDER features, "The Sporting Life" and "Functional Foods, Drinks Stake Their Claim."

VANCOUVER, Wash. — October 23, 2012 — Bergstrom Nutrition, producer of OptiMSM® — the world’s only GRAS-designated proprietary and patented MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) — is pleased to announce that its proof of concept (POC) study regarding exercise recovery was published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition on September 27, 2012.

Traditionally touted to support overall joint health and mobility, Bergstrom Nutrition recognized a natural progression toward exercise recovery and sports nutrition for MSM. Therefore, a small human POC study was launched which supported a trend for the reduction in muscle soreness in a dose dependent manner and a significant increase in Trolox Equivalent Antioxidant Capacity (TEAC), the first evidence of its kind.

“MSM supports joint health and more. Beyond serious athletes, MSM can also help those who want to stay in shape, play with the kids and generally be a weekend warrior,” said Tim Hammond, Director of Sales and Strategic Relations at Bergstrom Nutrition.

VANCOUVER, Wash. — October 23, 2012 — Bergstrom Nutrition and Glanbia Nutritionalswill feature a prototype of an exercise recovery and joint support protein powder at SupplySide West (SSW). The prototype, featuring OptiMSM® and a revolutionary new bioactive called PepForm® BCAA 2:1:1 Peptides, will be distributed at Bergstrom Nutrition’s booth 19017 at SSW, November 7-8, in Las Vegas.

“We want to return consumers to their active lifestyles faster, by speeding up recovery and abating muscle soreness. While the advantages of physical activity are clear, OptiMSM can support joint, muscle and overall health if any discomfort results,” said Tim Hammond, Director of Sales and Strategic Relations for Bergstrom Nutrition. “We thank the innovative team at Glanbia for their invaluable assistance in the development of this functional protein powder.”

New light is being shed on a compilation of research suggesting that a supplement traditionally used for joint pain and inflammation could aid in reducing the visible signs of ageing if taken orally in daily doses.

The research, accumulated over a ten year time span, looks into the benefits of methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) which contains sulfur; a component with strong links to dermatology.

MSM is an organic source of bioavailable sulfur crucial to body function and structure found naturally in the body and in all living organisms, but is often overlooked.

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MSM (mehteyaweer) contains a significant amount of sulfur—34 percent by weight. According to recent studies, MSM proves to incorporate and deliver that sulfur to proteins and inflamed joint tissues. The sulfur, in general, helps maintain the structure of connective tissue by forming cross-linkages through disulfide bonds—it helps strengthen the tissues that make up the joint.

Sulfur is critical to good joint health. Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) are the fundamental building blocks of joint cartilage, and GAG molecules are linked together in chains by disulfide bonds. As the name implies, these bonds links between two sulfur atoms. The disulfide bridges reduce conformational flexibility of GAG chains, making cartilage firm and resilient. Cartilage integrity is thus a sulfur-dependent state.

Bergstrom Nutrition produces a MSM product that is safe to use as an additive for food and drink products. Called OptiMSM, this MSM product is distilled for optimal purity and removes heavy metals and other contaminants in its carefully controlled purifying process. Besides aiding in support for healthy joints, studies show that MSM boosts seasonal immune health by helping alleviate certain allergies, supports liver health and metabolism, and has possible applications in the personal care arena, including that for hair, skin, and nail care.

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Bergstrom Nutrition's OptiMSM May Support Skin Health

OptiMSM has been touted for supporting the structural integrity of skin and possibly down-regulating the damaging effects of UV-induced oxidative stress.

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Research Indicates the Role of OptiMSM® in Reducing the Effects of Aging on the Skin

Vancouver, Wash. — July 16, 2012 — Bergstrom Nutrition, producer of OptiMSM® — the world’s only GRAS-designated proprietary and patented MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) — has released further details regarding the product’s possible role in nutri-cosmetic applications. Traditionally used to help reduce joint pain and inflammation, OptiMSM has most recently been touted with supporting the structural integrity of the skin and possibly down-regulating the damaging effects of ultra violet-induced oxidative stress.

Functional ingredients for bone and joint health have withstood the test of time, and better-known ingredients, like glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate, may be as popular today as they were several years ago. But let’s face it: innovation needs to come from somewhere. In the absence of a lot of groundbreaking new research, and with a new generation of consumers entering the fray, bone and joint health ingredients will need to impress in fresh new ways.Read full story

Inside Cosmeceuticals has named Bergstrom Nutrition's OptiMSM their Ingredient of the Week. Read the article.

Bergstrom Nutrition's OptiMSM® is featured in The Rose Sheet's April 16, 2012 issue in a piece titled Anti-Aging OptiMSM Doubles As Preservative. Read the article.

Vancouver, Wash. — April 3, 2012 — Bergstrom Nutrition announces recent evidence suggesting that when personal care products are formulated with at least ten percentOptiMSM®, the need to add preservatives may be eliminated. OptiMSM® is the world’s only GRAS-designated proprietary and patented MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) and has traditionally been used to help reduce joint pain and inflammation.

Bergstrom Nutrition's OptiMSM® is featured in Nutraceuticals March 2012 issue in a story titled Aging GracefullyRead the article.


As the premium supplier of wholesale MSM we've collected lots of research on joint health and bone support and were happy to share our information with Whole Foods Magazine. Read the full article.

Great To Be GRAS: Attaining the status and the role it could play with NDIs Read the full article

Vancouver, Wash., September 15, 2011 — Doctor’s Best, the vitamin manufacturer, has partnered with Bergstrom Nutrition, manufacturer of OptiMSM, the world’s only GRAS-designated MSM (methylsulfonylmethane), as its sole supplier of MSM for the company’s full range of joint health products.

Vancouver, Wash., August 31, 2011 — Bergstrom Nutrition, manufacturer of the world’s only GRAS-designated MSM (methylsulfonylmethane), has earned an important registration recognizing its commitment to extraordinary quality standards: FSSC22000:2010 for food safety and quality management systems. The FSSC registration means Bergstrom Nutrition has achieved all the requirements of ISO 22000 certification as well as additional, specific prerequisite program requirements that apply only to food manufacturers.

Vancouver, Washington, July 26, 2011 - A recently completed clinical trial shows OptiMSM®, the only GRAS and USA-manufactured methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), to be rapidly absorbed, uniquely modifying sulfur metabolism, and appearing to be retained in the body for extended periods of time. The findings of this study align with clinical trials showing a significant joint health-enhancing effect with low doses of MSM.