Best Form of MSM Supplement: 2020 Guide


You are here because you want to know what the best form of MSM supplement is. Well, you've come to the right place. With so many MSM products available on the market today, choosing the form that best suits your needs can be quite challenging.

Don't worry! This comprehensive article will help you choose the best form of MSM supplement for your needs. In this article, I'll explain the different forms of MSM supplement, the pros and cons of each form, and the form that's considered purest and most effective. 

So without further ago, let's get started. 

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MSM Form comparison Table


  • Low absorption rate
  • Contains additives or fillers 
  • Low amount of pure MSM per dose


  • Adequate absorption rate
  • Contains no additives or fillers  
  • Adequate amount of pure MSM per dose


  • Adequate absorption rate 
  • Some brands can contain additives or fillers, some don't
  • Adequate amount of pure MSM per dose


  • Highest absorption rate
  • Contains no additives or fillers 
  • Highest amount of pure MSM per dose
  • The most effective and purest form of MSM supplement 

Capsules/Tablets Form of MSM

Capsule or tablet form of MSM is an excellent choice for people that have a busy schedule. They are also great for people that have a difficult time getting over the bitter taste of powder or crystal form of MSM.


Although the capsule/tablet form can give you convenience and ease of use, you also sacrifice a little on the quality or the amount of MSM you get per dose. Most capsules/tablets can contain silica, fillers, flow agents, and binders, which can make MSM less effective as a healing agent. 

  • Silica - It's also known as silicon dioxide, is a chemical compound that is an oxide of silicon. It prevents ingredients from clumping together. 
  • Fillers -  It's commonly referred to as bulking agents or carriers. They are used to increase the size of a tablet or capsule. 
  • Flow agents - Flow agents are lubricants and anti-caking agents that are added to supplements to help make the manufacturing process more efficient. 
  • Binder - Binders help to hold the ingredients in a supplement together. Without binders, a pill may break apart or crumble.


  • Convenient to use 
  • Very affordable
  • No bitter taste 
  • Great for individuals with a busy schedule 
  • No worry about possibly making a mess like you would with powder or crystal form of MSM


  • Offers a low amount of MSM per dose
  • Contains additives and fillers
  • Poor absorption 

Liquid Form Of MSM 

The liquid form of MSM is also a great option for people that have a busy schedule. The liquid form allows you to easily add it to water or your favorite beverages or smoothies. You also don't have to wait for the product to dissolve like you would with crystal or powder.

water drops

The ingredients in the liquid form are also more easily and quickly absorbed into your body. The liquid form is not only for internal consumption to benefit a wide variety of ailments.

Some brand are even available to use as eye drops to help remove floaters, improve vision, sooth dry eyes, strengthen eye muscles, and repair damages to the eye. I highly recommend you check out this article for more information. 

Liquid MSM is also great to add to DIY beauty product to benefit the skin, hair, and your overall health. It works to increase the absorption of other ingredients used in homemade products, so you can achieve maximum benefit. I highly recommend you download our free MSM recipes. You can do that by signing up to our blog.


  • Easy to use
  • Contains no additives or fillers  
  • Can be used as an eye drop
  • One bottle of liquid MSM usually lasts for months 
  • The dropper makes dosing easy
  • Fast absorption 
  • Can be used as a hair spray to make hair shiny and soft
  • Can be used as a facial mist to give your face a subtle glow
  • Great to add to homemade products to help maximize absorption of other ingredients
  • Offers an adequate amount of MSM per dose 


  • Slightly more expensive than capsule or tablet 

Powder Form Of MSM 

The powder form of MSM makes it easy to add to your favorite smoothie or beverages. They are also fast dissolving so you don't have to wait for it to fully dissolve. Some brands have anti-caking ingredients added to prevent the powdered ingredients from sticking together.

MSM Powder

There are claims that additives do not affect organic sulfur are not true. If organic sulfur is made into powders, it must be highly processed several times after its manufacture. It has to be ground into fine powder and then flow agents like silica or stearate are usually added. This could be detrimental to the MSM by interfering with the absorption and effectiveness of the supplement. 

The taste of the MSM powder is not very unpleasant. However, you can easily mask the bitter taste by mixing it with juice or other beverages. Some powdered form of MSM have additives or fillers added, while others do not. It's important that you read product label and make sure to use the pure form of MSM to help achieve maximum result. 


  • Affordable price 
  • Can be used in homemade products 
  • Can be added to smoothies and beverages 
  • Offers an adequate amount of MSM per dose
  • Offers more MSM per dose than capsules/tablets  


  • Bitter taste 
  • Some brands can contains additives or fillers 

Crystal form of MSM 

According to West Coast Organic Sulfur Project, the most health-effective form of MSM is the non-processed organic sulfur in its naturally occurring flake or crystal form as shown in the image below.

crystal form of MSM (organic sulfur crystals)

This is the best form of MSM supplement because it provides your body with the most bioavailable form of sulfur. They're the pure and 100% additive-free form of MSM. These crystals remain exactly the way they are when they are naturally formed, so no processing is involved.

In order for sulfur to be biologically safe, effective, and to achieve maximum result, organic sulfur must be pure and free of all additives. 

The drawback of crystal form of MSM is the bitter taste. They also take some time to fully dissolve. The benefit of the crystal is not only its purity, but you are also getting the highest amount of MSM per dose as compared to other forms.The quality of sulfur crystals is far superior than other forms, this also means it's usually more expensive.

Although it's more expensive, considering the crystal form of MSM provides your body with 500% – 2000% more pure sulfur per serving and gives your body the highest absorption rates, it's well worth paying more. 


  • Purest and safest form of MSM
  • Pure crystals contain no additives or fillers
  • Provides the highest absorption rates of any MSM
  • Provides the highest amount of MSM per dose 
  • Most effective form of MSM
  • Provides 500% – 2000% more pure sulfur per serving


  • Bitter taste 
  • More expensive than other brands 
  • Takes time to fully dissolve


Now you know the different forms of MSM, and the pros and cons of each, you should be able to choose the best MSM form for your needs. 

I've tried all forms of MSM supplements. The crystal form of MSM has worked the best for me. Although I did experience positive health benefits from other forms, the health benefits with the sulfur crystals is far more noticeable and profound. 

Be aware that no one MSM brand or form will work the same for everyone. Some people respond better with one form but not the other. The only way to know that is by giving them a try and see which form your body responses to the best. I personally like the crystal form and believe it's the best form of MSM. However, only your body knows what the best form of MSM supplement is. 

I hope you enjoyed the article. Don’t hesitate to leave your thoughts, concerns, or questions in the comments below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

What form of MSM product have you used and how was your experience? I would love to know what you have to share. Let me know in the comments below.

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