Public awareness of MSM as a food supplement is more likely to be found among advocates of alternative health care rather than those who rely on conventional medicine. Explaining the relationship and difference between MSM and organic sulphur is the purpose of this report.
What is MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane)?
Methylsulfonylmethane is a natural substance found in many foods such as meat and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli. Methylsulfonylmethane is produced commercially and marketed as a nutritional supplement under its popular acronym, MSM.
As specified by its (CH3)2SO2 chemical structure, MSM consists of two methyl group molecules (CH3) bonded with a sulphur dioxide (SO2) molecule. The transfer of methyl groups from one substance to another is called methylation and occurs mostly in the liver. A number of important bodily functions occur during methylation and require various cofactors and nutrients such as folate to work in an optimal manner.Pronunciation Aid:
Methyl = rhymes with Ethel
Sulfonyl = sul + phono
The Dietary Importance of Sulphur
Sulphur is one of the six building blocks of life (the others being carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, and phosphorus). Sulphur in bioavailable form helps to make cell membranes more permeable so that the oxygen that sulphur transports through the lymphatic system can more easily enter the cells. Sulphur’s role as an oxygen transporter facilitates cellular regeneration and healthy gene expression.
Starting in the mid-1950s when the first ammonia-based fertilizers became readily available, commercial farmers began to dispense with the use of organic fertilizers like manure. The adoption of inorganic fertilizers is one of the factors that has severely reduced the amount of sulphur in farmland soil, so that this essential nutrient is largely absent in conventionally grown crops that are used for food. Due to the lack of sulphur in our diet, many diseases that were virtually unheard of a few generations ago have reached near-epidemic levels.
How is Organic Sulphur different from MSM?
Organic Sulphur is somewhat of a misnomer in that it is not an organic form of raw sulphur mined out of the earth. Sourced from the lignans of the Louisiana maritime pine tree, Organic Sulphur is an unadulterated form of MSM that comes out of the precipitator as odorless, white crystals. Commercial manufacturers typically crush their sulphur crystals into a powder to expedite packaging and production. This common procedure reduces MSM’s potency by as much as 85%. Inclusion of anti-caking agents such as magnesium stearate and silicon dioxide degrades the product even more. Pill and capsule formulations of MSM invariably contain one or more of these additives, as noted by this screenshot:
How can I tell whether I’m taking pure Organic Sulphur?
Take a moment to answer these five questions:
- Do you feel that you have more energy?
- Are you more “regular” (not constipated)?
- Are you sleeping better?
- Do you have dreams during sleep (dreaming is when cellular regeneration takes place)?
- Do you dream in color?
If you can answer ‘yes’ to at least four of the questions, it may be a sign that your body is responding favorably to organic sulphur. Individuals taking conventional MSM supplements may notice a laxative effect and not much else.
Sulphur has been called the “Beauty Mineral” because of its relationship to the health of our hair, skin, and nails. If you are taking organic sulphur, try this simple exercise:
Take photographs of your face spread out over a period of time and look for positive changes in your appearance. Photograph yourself from the top of your head to the base of your neck. Compare the views. Taking pure organic sulphur orally on a consistent basis has been found to reduce or even eliminate scars.
Quick Facts at a Glance
• Sulphur is a part of every cell in the body
• Two sulphur-based amino acids, methionine and cysteine, may be present in certain foods that we eat
• Sulphur-based amino acids help regulate protein metabolism
• Vitamins B1 (thiamine) and B7 (biotin) are sulphur-based vitamins
• Glutathione, the master antioxidant that the body synthesizes from three amino acids with the aid of sulphur, helps remove free radicals from the bloodstream and reduce oxidative stress
• Due to its chemical composition, Organic Sulphur can serve as a methyl donor to facilitate biological functions
• Except for small amounts that are stored in the joints, hair, skin, and nails, sulphur exits the body via the bowels, so to maintain an fresh supply throughout the day, take a dose of Organic Sulphur at roughly 12 hour intervals
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