The story behind the discovery of CMO (Cetyl Myristoleate) is that a scientist, Dr. Harry W. Diehl, working for the National Institute of Health noticed that lab mice never contracted arthritis. After investigation, he determined that mice produced a rare fatty acid known as Cetyl Myristoleate (CMO) which gave them immunity from arthritis. When the scientist applied CMO to his own arthritic joints he found it completely alleviated his pain symptoms.
CMO is the common name for cis-9-cetyl myristoleate, a compound made in the body of humans and certain animals by the combination of cetyl alcohol and mysristoleic acid.
CMO acts as a moisturizer on dry and brittle joints, cushioning the joints and repairing cell membranes.
Some researchers have been so impressed with CMO they say it may be an alternative to the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for treatment of osteoarthritis. The rational for the use of CMO is that it may inhibit the production of inflammatory prostaglandins and leukotrienes.
While CMO is one of the rarest substances to occur in nature, MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) is one of the body’s most common. This naturally occurring nutritional sulfur makes the body’s cells more permeable, allowing nutrients to more easily flow in and out through the cell membranes. MSM works in two ways to naturally relieve pain. First, it blocks the ‘C’ pain nerve fibers from delivering their chronic pain message to your brain. Secondly, MSM decreases swelling and inflammation.
Researchers at the University of Connecticut were able to use CMO to produce pain relief for 100 percent of patients with joint and muscle pain in one or both knees. A double-blind study at the Joint European Studies Program revealed everyone who took CMO experienced up to 87 percent improvement in pain relief. Additionally, The Journal of Rheumatology reported on a double-blind study of patients with chronic knee osteoarthritis where the CMO group saw significant improvement while the placebo group saw none.
A double-blind clinical trial published in the medical journal Osteoarthritis and Cartilage studied the effect of MSM on patients over 40 with arthritis in their knees. One group received MSM and the other group a placebo. The MSM group experienced a significant decrease in pain. The Journal of Anti-Aging Medicine published a recent study showing that MSM resulted in an 80 percent reduction in pain.