6 Reasons Why Organic Sulfur isn’t Working For You

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If you’ve been reading my blog, you know I’ve been taking organic sulfur (MSM) since 2016. Today, I’m still enjoying the many great benefits of organic sulfur. Check out my story on how this mineral transformed my health.

Organic sulfur has not only transformed my health but also provided great arthritis relief for my father and greatly improved my mother’s heart condition.

Today, my parents are no longer taking prescriptions drugs. They’re in a much better state of health than they have been for years. I am so grateful for what this mineral has done for me and my family. 

If you are taking organic sulfur, I hope you are still enjoying many of its amazing benefits.

If you aren’t experiencing the benefits of organic sulfur or you are not receiving as many benefits as you used to, you could be falling into one of the reasons listed below.

In this post, I will share with you 6 common reasons why organic sulfur (MSM) isn’t working for you.

  1. Not drinking enough water
  2. Drinking chlorinated or fluoridated water
  3. Taking sulfur with other medications
  4. Not taking enough sulfur or only take one dose 
  5. Taking pill or powder form of organic sulfur
  6. Showering right after taking organic sulfur

So without further ado, let’s get started!

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1. Not Drinking Enough Water

Cellular regeneration and detoxification are closely linked with our body’s ability to transport oxygen across the cell membrane. In order for them to occur, two things are needed.

  • Firstly, there must be a sufficient availability of oxygen (The oxygen I’m talking about is from the water we drink, NOT the air we breathe).
  • Secondly, oxygen must be transported into the body cells taking organic sulfur.

Sulfur is an oxygen transport mineral. Its job is to transport the oxygen molecules into your cells. Once sulfur is done transporting oxygen, it then reacts and binds to the toxins it finds and excretes them out of your body through the gastrointestinal system.

Without sulfur, oxygen molecules can’t be transported across the cell membrane and put into the cells to do any good.

So to recap…

  • Water provides oxygen
  • Sulfur helps to transport oxygen into cells. 
  • They work together to help the body detox and regenerate cells. 

How Much Water Should You Drink Per Day?

I use the rule of 1 liter of water per 50 lbs of body weight per day.

1 Liter = 33.814 Fluid Ounce

1 Liter = 1.05669 Fluid Quart

A typical glass holds about 8 ounces of water. Therefore, four 8-ounce glasses are about one liter.

For example, a person weighs 100 lbs should drink about 2 liters, 2 quarts, or eight 8-ounce  glasses of water per day.

2. Drinking Chlorinated or Fluoridated Water

 Why You Are Not Experiencing the Benefits of Organic Sulfur - Chlorine

If you drink chlorinated or fluoridated water, it will drastically reduce the effectiveness of sulfur.

Chlorine and fluoride are detrimental to oxygen transport, they will block the cellular uptake of oxygen, making sulfur less useful. 

How To Remove Chlorine From Tap Water?

1. Off-gassing 

Chlorine is a gas. It readily evaporates when left open to air.

Simply leave water in a container with a large opening and cover it with a cloth to keep it free of dust, let it sit at room temperature for 24 hours and chlorine will dissipate into the air.

The advantage of this method is it’s inexpensive, but it takes a long time.

If you prefer this method. I recommend that you get two containers with large openings, which you can rotate with.


2. Boil the water 

Another inexpensive method to dechlorinate water is to boil the water for about 15 to 20 minutes. This method is definitively much faster than the previous method.

One disadvantage of boiling water is it only removes chlorine. If your water is treated with chloramine instead of chlorine, boiling the water will NOT remove chloramine.

Chloramines are a combination of chlorine and ammonia. It stays active much longer than chlorine, which is why some water treatment facilities have started using chloramine instead of chlorine.

To find out whether your water is treated with chlorine or chloramine, make sure to contact your local water supplier for information on your water.


3. Water filter

A water filter is an effective way to remove both chlorine and chloramine from tap water along with many other impurities and contaminants. There are many different water filters available and the quality also varies greatly. There are pros and cons to each water filter. I encourage that you do your research.

Here is an article that explains the pros and cons of different water filters.


How To Remove Fluoride From Tap Water?

Most water filters are designed to eliminate contaminants, but NOT all will effectively remove fluoride from tap water. Water filters such as Brita, Pur, and other common filters will NOT remove fluoride.

There are three types of filters that can eliminate fluoride from your tap water:

1. Reverse Osmosis Filtration System

  • Reverse osmosis uses pressure and a semi-permeable membrane to remove contaminants from water. This system can eliminate as much as 95% fluoride in your water.

2. Activated Alumina

  • Activated alumina is a highly processed manufactured material including alumina. With activated alumina, water passes through a bed of aluminum granules. The granules absorb the contaminants, remove about 90 percent of fluoride, and leave the minerals in the water.

3. Deionizing

  • Deionizing is the removal of all ionized minerals and salts (both organic and inorganic) from water through the process of ion exchange. This eliminates contaminants and fluoride, leaving behind clean and pure water, similar to distilled water.
  • If you want to use deionized water, make sure you add your own minerals, using Himalayan salt or Dr. Willard’s Water or something else.

3. Taking Sulfur With Other Medications

If you take sulfur with medications, supplements, or vitamins, the fillers and anti-caking agents that are commonly used to manufacture pills and capsules will reduce sulfur’s effectiveness. 

6 Reasons Why Organic Sulfur isn't Working For You - medications

I recommend that you take sulfur first and wait 30 minutes before taking anything else.

It’s best that you take sulfur on an empty stomach, so nothing interferes with its full utilization in the body.

4. Not Taking Enough Sulfur or Only Take One Dose

If you are not taking enough organic sulfur or only take one dose. You may not experience significant benefits of organic sulfur (MSM).

The general guide after acclimatization is to take 1 teaspoon of sulfur per 100 lbs of body weight twice daily.

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I recommend taking the first dose early in the morning (7 or 8 am), and then the second dose about 9 hours later (4 or 5 pm), preferably on an empty stomach, so nothing interferes with sulfur’s full utilization in the body. 

Here are an article and a video that explain how to take organic sulfur in detail.

5. Taking Pill or Powder Form of Organic Sulfur

Most organic sulfur products that come in the form of pills and capsules that contain silica, fillers, flow agents, and binders can block sulfur absorption, which will make sulfur less effective. 

According to West Coast Organic Sulfur Project, it estimated that 70% of organic sulfur products that are available on the market are imported from China and India where quality could be a concern. 

When choosing for an organic sulfur product, make sure you look for large crystals for maximum effect. It’s also important that you buy organic sulfur products that are made in North America. If you rather take the pill or the capsule form, be sure to check out this article for more information. 

I’ve personally tried many sulfur products. From pill form to powder form. I found this sulfur (MSM) to be the one that made the biggest difference in my health. 

Check out my organic sulfur review for more information. 

6. Showering Right After Taking Organic Sulfur 

I recommend taking shower about 5 hours after taking sulfur. If you shower right after or within 5 hours of taking sulfur, the chlorine in the shower water will deactivate sulfur.

The chlorine exposure is far beyond your drinking water. In fact, inhalation and skin exposure intake of chlorine is much higher than drinking it.

shower head

When you take a warm bath or shower, the warm water can open up the pores in the skin and cause your skin to become like a sponge.

According to Dr. Mercola, you can absorb more chlorine in a 10-minute shower than by drinking 8 full glasses of the same water.

In this case, chlorine is completely bypassing your body’s natural detoxification processes and enters directly into your bloodstream, which is especially dangerous.

While taking a hot shower, you are also inhaling the water vapor that contains chlorine. The steam inhaled during a shower can contain up to 20 times the concentration of chlorine as compared to water from the tap.


How To Remove Chlorine From Shower Water?

There are several ways to eliminate chlorine and its hazardous derivatives from your shower water.

1. Shower Filter

  • Shower filters are widely available and easy to use. They help to remove chlorine and heavy metals such as lead, mercury, and chromium. Here is a good one to use.

2. Vitamin C Powder

  • Vitamin C is not only a great immune booster, but it also will effectively and safely neutralize chlorine and chloramine from shower water. There are two forms of vitamin C, Ascorbic Acid, and Sodium Ascorbate.
  • You can use a powder form of ascorbic acid or use a Vitamin C shower filter, either one will work.
  • If you use the powder form, add one teaspoon of either form of Vitamin C to your bath water and wait for about three minutes before you get in the bath so it has time to work.
  • I recommend this Ascorbic Acid brand and this Sodium Ascorbate brand.
  • If you are interested, here is an article that explains the chemical reaction of chlorine and vitamin C.

3. Vitamin C Dechlorination Tablet

  • Vitamin C Dechlorination tablet will neutralize chlorine and chloramines in your bath water. 
  • These tablets are comprised of ascorbic acid, citric acid, and sodium bicarbonate.
  • As the tablet dissolves, the vitamin C will become effervescent and begin to fizz.
  • One tablet can fully neutralize 1 ppm chlorine and chloramine in 100 gallons of water. One tablet is recommended per bath.


There you have it. The six common reasons why you are not experiencing the benefits of organic sulfur (MSM) and the solutions for each.

In order to get the most out of your organic sulfur, it’s critical that you take it correctly and avoid these common mistakes. 

I hope you find this information helpful. If you did, I would really appreciate it if you could kindly share this post with others.

Did you stop taking sulfur (MSM) due to one of the reasons above? Let me know in the comments below. 

Thank you for visiting.


46 Comments on “6 Reasons Why Organic Sulfur isn’t Working For You”

  1. Amazing facts about organic sulfur and its effects.. You have done a great research on organic sulfur.. The best part is you have factual experienced information about it..

    1. Hi Huzefa, thank you for the compliment. I’m glad the information was useful.

      Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

  2. Fascinating article, thank you so much for sharing. I didn’t realize that there were so many factors that could interfere with the performance of organic sulfur, the chlorinated water is something I hadn’t even thought of. Appreciate all your good advice. Cheers, Karen

    1. Hi KD Forsman, thank you for your time and for your comment. I am glad you found the article useful and you are welcome. Let me know if you have any question.

      Have a great day!

  3. I didn’t know organic sulfur had so many benefits, I know people that take it, but many are not sure if its working or not.
    I will pass them this information, i think the main reason its not working for them is because they don’t know how chlorine can affect it.
    Why is chlorine always in the way of our health yet in everything we need.
    But besides that, i’m really thankful i came across your information, I learned not only how to make sure organic sulfur works, but all the amazing benefits you have mentioned in your previous posts.
    I have arthritis, quite severe for my age, doctors have recommended i take pain killers and other medications that have concerning side effects, but i do not want that, so i keep looking and trying for the most natural way to improve my health and today I found one 😀
    Thank you!
    I will continue to learn with your posts

    1. Hi Anne, thank you for viewing my page and for your comment. I am glad you enjoyed the article and found the information helpful. I really appreciate you passing this information to others.
      My father also had really bad arthritis and was put on whole bunch pain killers. He experienced many side effects from those painkillers. I am very thankful of what sulfur has done for my father’s health and my health. Today, he is medicine free. I hope you will also experience sulfur’s many great health benefits. Let me know if you have any question.

      Have a great day!

  4. Hi Hong, these are very revealing information. I think I have two problems here that I will have to solve. One the drinking water which I don’t totally trust, but the open tank trick can be easily realized. We have our drinking water in a plastic cooling tank with the original plastic lid, does that work too?
    Second, our shower water is probably quite a chlorine contaminated, I’ll have to see into these vitamin C filters.

    1. Hi Stefan, if opening of the plastic cooling tank is small, it would likely take much longer for the chorine to leaving the water. I personally recommend any container with a large open as this will allow the chorine to dissipate faster. Big bowl or pitcher would be great options. The vitamin C shower filter or any shower filter that can filter out chorine would do the job. I hope I answered your question. Let me know if you have any other question. I am happy to help.

      Have a great day!

  5. Great post again Hong!

    I have only just started using it and feeling great already. I add the lemon or lime for taste.
    Your own story is very inspiring so I just read that too.

    We use a water filter which is great. I try and drink a good 2 to 3 litres a day and sometimes more. So many people are dehydrated and wonder why. Keep up the great posts!


    1. Hi Kevin, good to hear you are also taking organic sulfur. I would really appreciate it if you could kindly keep me updated on the benefits you receive from sulfur. I am glad you find my story inspiring. If you have any question. I am more than happy to assist.

      Have a great day!

  6. Hey great article on organic sulfur and why we are not experiencing the benefits of it. You are very knowledgeable of organic sulfur and it shows.

    I must say I am guilty of not drinking enough water on a daily basis. This alone could very much improve a lot of health related issues. I will have to get in touch with the local water facility to see which chemicals they use to treat our water with. I’m thinking chlorine so all I should have to do is boil the water to clean it.

    Never knew taking a shower could be dangerous to your health as far as inhaling chlorine through the vapors. I will have to look more into getting a Vitamin C Shower Filter.

    Thank you so much for writing this article. It was very informative.

    1. Hi Otis, thank you for visiting my page and for your comment. I am glad my article provided helpful information to you. Boiling water for 15 to 20 minutes helps to remove chlorine but it does not remove things like chemicals, heavy metals and other contaminants. Filter such as reverse osmosis would help. The amount of chlorine inhaled during shower is far than the tap water you drink. Investing in a shower filter is a great way to take care of this problem. Let me know if you have any question. I am happy to help.

      Have a nice day!

  7. Unbelievable! I cannot believe there is so much to know about sulfur and for that matter, other supplements. I’m an engineer but now I feel like I need to talk to you first before I take anything to make sure I’m getting the full benefit of it. It’s a good thing, because you are really making me think.

    1. Hi Rick, thank you for visiting and for your comment. Feel free to email me or leave me a message if you have any question. I am more than happy to help.

      Have a great day!

  8. Man…everything I read about chlorine is just bad news. I recently learned that it can play a role in hair loss…and now this, interfering with sulfur absorption. I do use a britta filter and am contemplating upgrading to reverse osmosis, even though I live in a rental apartment. Also, I appreciate that you give examples of just how much water we should be drinking. I think most Americans are truly closer to the 200 than 100 pound example…so people need to double their intake!

    1. Hi Penelope, thank you for your reply.

      My city water uses so many chorines. The smell is so strong. Sometime I wondered how much chorine they use to treat the water. Recently I have been getting dry and irritated skin and dry hair. And after I read your article, by the way, it was a great article and thank you. It started to make sense. Chlorine is just a terrible thing for our body. And you are right; sulfur needs to be doubled for someone who weighs 200 pounds.

      Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

  9. This has been a very thorough and informative article on organic sulfur. I am very excited to read it. As a teenager, and even as an adult, I’ve always been prone to getting acne. When I was a teenager, the regular supermarket used to carry a face soap that contained sulfur. I used it a lot and it really helped my skin. However, I haven’t seen the soap in years. Also, my mother used to take sulfur at times when I was a small child, but again, I haven’t seen this in the regular store at all. I’m fairly certain that the sulfur she took wasn’t organic, as organic wasn’t really “in” at the time. I am thrilled to read this article, and to find out that organic sulfur is available. You have given useful information to make the most of the sulfur, also. Thank you so much for sharing this!

    1. Hi Angela, I am glad you liked the article. And iy are very welcome for the information. I really appreciate you sharing your knowledge and your story. I know sulfur has helped me with my skin problems tremendously, but I’ve never used sulfur soap before. I will be sharing this information with acne sufferers that I know.

      The name “organic” sulfur is actually misunderstood by many people. In fact, there is no such thing as “organic” sulfur. The reason it is referred to as “Organic” sulfur is because it is a carbon-containing molecule. Carbon-containing molecules are organic substances by definition.

      However, the word “organic” sulfur is not to be confused with food items marketed as Certified Organic, Organic, 100% Organic, USDA Organic, or Made with Organic Ingredients.

      In these cases, Organic is a labeling term that indicates a food or a product that have followed all the rules and regulations to meet the organic standard.
      MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) or organic sulfur is not and cannot be produced in a manner to be certified as Organic.
      Let me know if you have any question. I happy more than happy to help.

      Have a great day!

  10. Hi Hong,
    Such an informative information about organic sulfur. I had no idea about how important organic sulfur to our body. In Malaysia, we always facing problem of strong chlorine and I definitely will buy a shower filter from you. Thank you for solving the problem of mine and I will share your sites. Cheers!


    1. Hi Jaden, thank you for visiting and for your comment. I am glad you find the article informative. I hope the shower filter works out for you. And thank you so much for sharing my site. Let me know if you have any question. I am happy to help.

      Have a wonderful day!

  11. Hello Hong,

    What amazing benefits in taking Organic Sulfur. You have done so much research and I find this very helpful. Will be trying it out for myself. As we have a severe drought in our area, the water has to be boiled before use. Many thanks, Jill

  12. Hong, Thank you so much for writing another very informative and encouraging article. I’m going to go through your site here, and buy the Gold Organic Sulfur right now. I truly appreciate your extensive and vast knowledge, and that you share it with everyone. Thank you.

    1. Hi Shelli, thank for visiting and for your comment. I am happy to hear you find this article informative and encouraging. And you are very welcome for the information. I am happy to share things with others that have benefited me and my family. I am so excited that you made the decision to take something that is going to benefit your health greatly. Hopefully you get to see the benefits of organic sulfur soon. I’ve written a sulfur FAQ that I think you might find it helpful. If you have any question, feel free to leave me a comment or send me an email. I will get back to you as soon as possible.

      I will be writing another article sometime this week or next week about how to make the taste of organic sulfur better. Sulfur is bitter and some people have hard time taking it. But I will be providing solutions for those who struggle to get used to sulfur bitterness. Stay tuned if you are interested.

      Have a wonderful day!

  13. Very detailed article!
    I am doing lots of intense heavy weights workouts in the week. Are there any effects of organic sulfur related to my workouts that I should keep in mind?

    1. Hi Juan, thank you for visiting and for you comment. Organic sulfur helps to boost body’s ability to heal and bounce back from exercise and heavy workout. Taking sulfur before exercising seems to reduce muscle damage and increase endurance.

      Here is a great research article that talks about organic sulfur’s anti-oxidant effect and its ability to lower exercise induced oxidative stress.

      Let me know if you have any question.
      Have a great day!

  14. Great article, Hong. Thank you for writing it. I have been taking sulphur, but after reading your article, I now know that I’ve not been taking enough. I also have taken it with my vitamins. A few minor tweaks and I should be realizing more of the benefits. Appreciate the insight!

    1. Hi Lesissa, thank you for viewing my article and for your comment. I am glad my article was able to provide you helpful information. I hope you are able to achieve greater benefits of organic sulfur after making few minor tweaks. Let me know if you have any question. I am more than happy to help.

      Have a great day!

  15. Excellent article. Includes plenty of information about the unbelievable organic sulfur! I hope to avoid mentioned reasons in order to gain the most benefit from it. Thank you.

    1. Hi Amr, thank you for your comment. I am glad you found the information helpful. Let me know if you have any question.

      Thank you for visiting and have a nice day!

  16. What an interesting and informative article on Organic Sulfur. Learned such a lot and I now know that I don’t drink enough water.

    1. Hi John, I am glad you found the article interesting and informative. Let me know if you have any question.

      Thank you for visiting and have a wonderful day!

  17. Very interesting read! I didn’t know how beneficial this was, I’m glad I was able to learn all this!

    1. Hi Hizzy, thank you for your comment. I am glad you found the article helpful and learned something new.

      Hope to see you soon on my website.
      Have a great day!

  18. I have never heard of organic sulphur before and had no idea of its benefits. I’m always trying to improve my health and I read your other post. Very informative. I think I will start taking it soon. Thank you!!

    1. Hi Erin, thank you for visiting and for your comment. I am glad you found value in my article. Feel free to check out my other sulfur articles if you are interested. Let me know if you have any question. I will be more than happy to assist.

      Have a great day and hope you see you again.

  19. Hong ; Taking Organic Sulfur has an additional benefit, it will “clean up” the pineal gland in the brain ! No more “Where did I put my keys” or “Why did I go in this room ” ! Clear thinking will become quickly apparent. At night, most people will start dreaming in color and their dreams will be very vivid with pineal gland ” cleanse” ! Donald

    1. Hi Donald, Thank you for visiting and for your comment.
      I appreciate the additional information. Hopefully this information will benefit others as well.
      Have a great day!

  20. Sometimes, I buy jugs of distilled water. Do you know if distilled water is free of all the things you mentioned in your article?

    1. Hi Phil, distilled water does not contain chlorine, fluoride, heavy metals, chemicals and many other contaminates found in tap water. The main risk of drinking distilled water is that it lacks many of the beneficial minerals that your body needs to function properly. I suggest adding Dr. Willard’s water as it contains many trace minerals that your body needs or add some other minerals you prefer.

      I hope I answered your question. Let me know if you have any question. I am more than happy to help.

      Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

    1. Hi Nicole, I am glad you found the article helpful. Let me know if you have any question.

      Thank you for viewing my page and have a nice day!

  21. Hi Hong, How are you?

    Great piece as always! I’m so glad to hear that your parents are no longer taking prescription drugs. In regards to fluoridated water i can’t recall if i told you this, but me, my dad and some other local activists lobbied to get a 50 year ordinance lifted to remove fluoride from our municiple water supply by a 4 to 2 vote of the city council in 2012. One advantage of this, i believe is for the children in our community, as they are in school where their capacity to learn is paramount and fluoride greatly impares learning ability as it calcifies the pineal gland.

    As for chlorine, I refuse to get into my shower without the use of a shower filter and i filter my drinking water as well. I’m just glad i don’t have to buy the fluoride filters that go with my berkey unit anymore. they’re pretty pricy.
    As I understand it, the body uses up sulfur every 12 hours and doesn’t matter if you take tablespoon or 2 tablespoons in one dose, same result. I need to separate my dosages better. I’m having a hard time segregating between doses, meals and supplementation but i’ll figure something out and get that dialed in better.

    You have such wonderful information. I really enjoyed reading this one as i do all your other articles.

    Hope you have a fabulous day and rest of the week,

    God bless, Brad

    1. Hi Brad, I am doing great. How are you?

      I’ve read and heard so many negative things about fluoride. It is certainly not something we want to put in our body. I did hear about how it can clog up the pineal gland and cause all kinds of health problems. I know the additional benefit of taking organic sulfur is that it can help clean up the pineal gland.

      I am glad that you and you father were able make your municipal water fluoride free. I wish my city water is free of fluoride. Unfortunately that is not the case. I have to invest in a fluoride filter, which as you mentioned, can be very expensive. But I look at it this way, health is worth more than anything, so it will be well worth it.

      I also have to get a chorine shower filter real soon, recently I noticed itchy skin right after taking shower. Initially I contributed that to the central heating, but after I did some research. It seems like chorine is the possible cause. I will find out soon.

      In regards to the organic sulfur, you are right. It does not matter how much organic sulfur you take, your body will only use what it needs and eliminate what it does not need. Our body does not store sulfur, which is why we have to continually supplying our body with organic sulfur. The recommended dose is 1 teaspoon per 100 pounds of body weight twice daily to achieve maximum benefit.

      I recommend taking the first dose early in the morning (7 or 8 am), and then the second dose about 9 hours later (4 or 5 pm), preferably on an empty stomach, so nothing interferes with its full utilization in the body.

      Thank you for stopping by and for your compliment. I am glad you found value in my article and that you enjoyed reading it.
      Have a great day and hope to see you soon!

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