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What is Organic Sulfur and Why You Need it?

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You are probably familiar with sulfur in high school chemistry. But what is organic sulfur? Why would anyone want to add something that has an unpleasant smell of rotten eggs to their dietary regimen?  

It turns out that organic sulfur is neither a drug nor a vitamin, but rather a nutrient or food that our body needs to function properly.

Organic Sulfur is also known as methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), has a long history as a therapeutic mineral for a wide variety of health challenges. It’s the third most abundant mineral in the human body after calcium and phosphorus and is essential for health. With nearly half of all sulfur is found in the skin, muscles, and bones.

Sulfur is found in the cells of all living organisms and plays a critical role in the oxygenation and detoxification of all cells. It’s one of the basic building blocks used throughout the body to make a variety of biomolecules such as enzymes, collagen, amino acids, hormones, neurotransmitters, and much more.

Unfortunately, we don’t hear sulfur being mentioned often, it’s all but forgotten as a critical nutrient in recent decades.

I found it to be very shocking that a Minimum Daily Requirement to avoid sulfur deficiency doesn’t even exist despite the fact sulfur is needed for many functions in the body and to maintain optimal health.

In this post, I will share with you the following:

  • The difference between elemental sulfur and organic sulfur
  • Why is organic sulfur important?
  • What exactly is organic sulfur?
  • What is dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) used for?

So without further ado, let’s dive right in!


Elemental Yellow Sulfur Vs. Organic Sulfur

Before I began taking organic sulfur, I used to think yellow sulfur and organic sulfur were the same things. I thought it was strange to add rotten egg smell supplement to your dietary regimen. Back then I didn’t really understand the benefits of organic sulfur and why it was important for my body.

Upon further research, I began to understand that sulfur actually exists in two forms in nature. Often times, people confuse organic sulfur and yellow elemental sulfur to be the same.

Hopefully, with a little bit of explanation, it will clear up some of the confusion.

Elemental Yellow Sulfur

Elemental sulfur is produced by volcanic activity in the atmosphere. It (also known as sulphur) is a yellow, tasteless, odorless, non-metallic element. In nature, it occurs as a pure element in the form of a yellow crystalline solid or as sulfide and sulfate minerals. 

Although sulfur is infamous for its rotten egg smell, the odor is actually characteristic of hydrogen sulfide.

What Is Organic Sulfur And Why You Need It - yellow sulfur

Elemental sulfur is not toxic, but many simple sulfur derivatives are, such as sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide.

When sulfur reacts with oxygen, it forms a sulfur oxide. This is a very dangerous substance that can cause damage to the eyes, nose, and lungs. It can also cause coughing, difficulty breathing and damage to the heart and kidney when inhaled.

Exposure to sulfur oxide in high concentration can even result in burns on the skin. Sulfur oxide is also flammable, which when ignited, can trigger an explosion.

Needless to say, these sulfur derivatives are very dangerous and poisonous to the body and should not be consumed.

Organic Sulfur or MSM

On the other hand, Methylsulphonylmethane (MSM) is an organic sulfur compound found in all living plants and animal tissues. It’s produced by the volcanic activity in sea water.

Organic sulfur is odorless, bitter, white and crystalline that is highly soluble.

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This form of sulfur is bioavailable, meaning it can be absorbed and utilized in the body for healing and repairing.

It’s these healing and repairing abilities that make organic sulfur an optimal choice to help you recover from a wide array of health challenges.


Why is Organic Sulfur Important?

Organic sulfur should be found in the foods we eat. However, the extensive application of pesticides and chemical-based fertilizers mandated by the U.S government in 1954 have significantly interfered with the natural sulfur cycle.

Today, our soils are severely depleted of a comprehensive range of minerals and nutrients, including organic sulfur. As a result, the majority of the foods we eat are greatly sulfur deficient.

In addition to sulfur depletion in our soils, we are also consistently bombarded on the regular basis with chemical, food, and environmental toxicity coming from genetically-modified foods, refined and processed foods, preservatives in the food, artificial food coloring, radiation, air-borne pollutants, chemtrails that poison our air, water and soil with toxic metals, pharmaceutical products, and personal hygiene products.

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In today’s modern society, we have to deal with a load of toxins more intense than ever before. There is no possible way you can expect to receive sufficient sulfur or other essential minerals and nutrients to ward off these toxins from diet alone. 

Unless you grow your foods organically or buy organic foods and drink natural non-chlorinated and non-fluoridated water, you may not be getting enough sulfur to keep the body at its optimal level of health and vitality.

It already takes a lot of sulfur to remove just the internally generated waste products each day. There is not much sulfur left to deal with the toxins we are exposed to daily.

If you want to defend yourself against all of the toxic contaminants we are exposed to daily and supply one of the most crucial minerals your body needs to build, repair and cleanse your cells, then you need to start using organic sulfur daily.

Organic sulfur is one of the most powerful and effective forgotten weapons to detoxify our body by oxygenating cells, alkalizing the blood, removing toxins and heavy metals and speeding up healing. In fact, without enough sulfur in the body, healing would take a lot longer.

It’s important that we supply our body with this nutrient daily as it is not stored by the body. It’s passed every 12 hours after being ingested. So we must continually replenish for optimal health. Without a constant supply of sulfur, we are, in effect, dying each day through cellular degeneration.


What Exactly is Organic Sulfur?

Organic sulfur is found in nature in trace quantities. It is not and can not be extracted from nature. In fact, all organic sulfur is a manufactured product, however, there are different manufacturing processes, some are better than others.

Contrary to some misconceptions, commercially available organic sulfur does not come from wood, plants or fossil fuels. You simply can’t just squeeze organic sulfur from nature. Rather, a chemical reaction is required to make organic sulfur.

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The most “natural” organic sulfur is to mimic the formation, function, and structure of the biological substance. The best organic sulfur comes from a manufacturing process that combines pharmaceutical grade DMSO and pharmaceutical grade hydrogen peroxide.

These are mixed and then put through an elaborate and complex boiling, distilling, evaporating and precipitating process.

This creates a chemical reaction that forms a new molecule called Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM). Once this new molecule forms it must be purified so it can be used for human health. The best process gives an end result of 99.9% pure organic sulfur in large flakes.

MSM is not a drug but an organic form of sulfur and a potent antioxidant made up of:

  • 34% sulfur
  • 34% oxygen
  • 26% carbon and 6% hydrogen bonds

There is a misconception that one supply of organic sulfur is more “natural” than another. This is not true because all organic sulfur products are synthetic and created through a chemical reaction of DMSO and hydrogen peroxide. This chemical reaction forms organic sulfur that is identical to the molecule found in nature.

The major difference comes down to the quality of the raw materials, the purification process, packaging, granular size, environmental exposure, testing levels, specifications and quality of the manufacturing, and country of origin.


What is Dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) Used For?

Considerable research on DMSO was carried out by Dr. Stanley Jacob in the early 1960’s. It all started when he picked up a bottle of a colorless liquid. While investigating its potential as a preservative for organs, he quickly discovered that DMSO has the ability to penetrate the skin quickly and deeply without damaging it.

In his writings, Dr. Jacob refers to many studies and scientific papers relating to the health benefits of DMSO.

The story of DMSO is a sad one. In fact, an entire story about DMSO and its amazing health benefits could be written separately from this article.

DMSO is an organic, natural, colorless, odorless, non-synthesized liquid extracted from lignin, which is a natural substance that holds the cells of trees together. This extraction occurs while manufacturing wood pulp, then the DMSO is processed naturally for use.

DMSO has been represented as a “wonder drug” or a “miracle drug”. It has a long list of primary pharmacological actions, including fighting inflammation, relieving pain, improving blood supply, scavenging free radicals, softening scar tissue, and effects that may benefit autoimmune conditions.

Research has also shown DMSO can benefit people suffering from stroke, head and spinal cord injury, Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s disease, and heart attack and angina.

There Are Two Grades Of DMSO, Industrial, And Pharmaceutical.

The industrial grade of DMSO is suitable for use in common industrial formulations, such as solvent cleaning applications and paint stripping.

Pharmaceutical grade DMSO is a reactive healing agent that has demonstrated excellent health benefits. It’s been used in sports and veterinary medicine for years.

Many people have reported that DMSO is a remarkable long-term solution to joint and body pain, body fungus, herpes outbreaks, warts, arthritis, skin lesions, and many other conditions.

In Fact, there are over several hundreds of pharmaceutical products that require DMSO. Most topical pharmaceuticals contain DMSO and without it, they wouldn’t be nearly as effective.

Organic sulfur (MSM) and DMSO both work in a very similar manner.

Organic sulfur is used primarily internally. DMSO is most often administered by simply dabbing it on the skin, and, alone or as a carrier for other drugs. It helps to transport compounds through the skin and body rapidly and effectively.

I hope you got value out of this article. And if you did, please feel free to share this information with others. If you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments below.

Sources:

http://www.dmso.org/articles/information/muir.htm

http://www.healing-haven.com/Benefits-of-DMSO.html

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3916302

Comments

  1. This is WONDERFUL! I am so happy to have learned from you today. I love alternative remedies and supplements, and I’m an essential oil educator. We have trouble finding oils to really help with allergies, so I am thrilled to hear this all about organic sulfur and how it’s helped you. I am ordering some and have several friends that I will direct to your informative site!

    1. Author

      Hi Shelli, I am glad my website has provided you useful information. That’s great that you made the decision to give this wonderful mineral a try. I am confident that you and your friends are going to receive many of its benefits. I love sulfur and every day I am so grateful of what it has done for me and my family. Thank you so much for sharing this information to others and hopefully they can all benefit for it. I also love essential oil, I make face oil, lotions and many other great skin care products for my family, and they love it. Do you have a website about essential oil; I would love to learn more about them.

      Thank you for visiting and have a great day!
      Hong

  2. Thanks for this details and interesting post Hong. Such an amazing natural resource that we should all be using to improve our lives.

    1. Author

      Hi Vince, thank you for visiting and for your comment. I am glad you found value in my article.

      Have a great day!
      Hong

  3. Hi Hong,
    this article was very englightening. I am not a fan of supplements, but you stated clearly that today our soil is depleted because of all the pesticides applied. And also it cannot be replenished as well as it was doable decades ago.
    What I did not know is that our body need sulfur every day. Since there are many other nutrients that your body needs in small portions, I believed that this was a mineral that was needed only at times, but I see that you need it every day.
    I believe you are taking this mineral regularly. Have you noticed any difference, and in what way? I would like to hear about that, or can you link me to an article where you describe that?

    Oscar

    1. Author

      Hi Oscar, thank you for visiting and for your comment. I am glad my article you found value in my article.

      Our body needs sulfur daily. In fact, out of 20 amino acids present in food, only 2 contain sulfur, and neither are stored in our body. One of these amino acids, Methionine, cannot be synthesized by our body and therefore has to be supplied from outside source. Cysteine, another sulfur containing amino acid, is synthesized by our body but needs a steady supply of sulfur in order to do.

      These amino acids are not normally stored in the body and excess amounts are either eliminated through the urine or in the feces or stored in the form of glutathione. Glutathione is one of the most potent antioxidants in the body. It has the ability to neutralize free radicals and to detoxify poisonous compounds. Our body uses up to 750 mg of organic sulfur daily, so we must consume foods containing sulfur everyday to keep our body functioning at its peak performance.

      I take organic sulfur on a daily basis. It has helped me with my food allergies, acne and rosacea. My father’s arthritis pain is completely gone with sulfur intake. And my mother’s heart condition is great improved as well.

      You can read more about how sulfur has transformed my health. You can also check my organic sulfur review if you are interested in the product.

      I hope I answered your question. Let me know if you have any other question.

      Have a great day!
      Hong

  4. All I knew about sulfur was it smells really bad in Yellowstone at the sulfur pits. Who knew it was a health product. Great site and very informative.

    I would love your review and comments on my site as well.

    1. Author

      Hi Curtis, thank you for visiting my site and for your comment. I am glad you found my site informative. I also left you a comment. I enjoyed and learned a lot from your article.

  5. Great articles. Thanks for sharing the information that many of us are not aware of. This is the first time I am aware of organic sulfur as a health product and its benefits.
    I like you DIY lip balm. Looking forward to more DIY stuffs 🙂

    1. Author

      Hello Christine,

      Thank you for your comment and for visiting. I am glad my website helped increase your awareness of organic sulfur and its benefits. I will be posting another DIY recipe sometime this week. So stay tuned or sign up for my email newsletter to have new content sent directly into your inbox.

      Have a great day!
      Hong

  6. Wow I did not realize that organic sulfur was a synthetic made drug. I think that the name of sulfur can confuse things a bit. MSM is usually found in joint supplements along with other supplements to help with joint pain.
    The way that they make organic sulfur doesn’t that have significant environmental effects?

    It is interesting how DMSO has health properties.

    Fantastic post and thank you for the information!

    1. Author

      Hello Missey,

      Yes, all commercially available organic sulfur products are the result of chemical reaction between Pharma grade DMSO and Pharma grade hydrogen peroxide. Organic sulfur is MSM, but MSM is not necessarily organic sulfur. Most MSM pills and capsule have fillers, anti-caking agents, and other ingredients that can significantly decrease the effectiveness of sulfur.

      I personally don’t think the making of organic sulfur have much of environmental effects. But I do believe cutting trees down to make paper is not the best thing for the environment. Once paper industry breaks down trees to make paper, they get about 25 different chemicals from the wood. And DMSO is one of them. Dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) is basically a by-product of wood industry. I think DMSO is not only a great ingredient for used to make a wonderful product that offers so many health benefits, but at the same time it uses up the byproduct or waste product from the paper company, which helps to reduce waste, and therefore it can be beneficial to the environment.

    1. Author

      Hey Gregory,

      I am glad you found my article interesting. Many people associate sulfur being not bad. There are many sulfur derivatives that are toxic, but organic sulfur is a nutrient that our body absolutely needs in order to function properly.

      Nearly half of sulfur is concentrated in our skin, bones, and muscles. In fact, we can’t survive without sulfur.

    1. Author

      Hello Carol,

      I appreciate that you took the time to check out my article. Sulfur is rarely mentioned, but it is extremely important and is absolutely necessary for our body in order to function properly.

      I am glad that you found my article informative. Good to hear that my article informed you something that you never heard about.

  7. Very interesting article, I used to think sulfur is the rotten egg stuff. You article made it very easier to understand. I have the msm pills, is that the same as organic sulfur crystals?

    1. Author

      Hello there Wenwen, I am glad you have found my article interesting. I used to think the same thing until I did more research. Most organic sulfur products that come in the forms of pills and capsules that contain silica, fillers, flow agents, and binders can block sulfur absorption.In fact, pill/capsule forms have shown to be 70% less effective than pure, large flake organic sulfur crystals.

      If organic sulfur is made into pills or powders for resale 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 sterate are added. This processing is extremely detrimental to the organic sulfur and also reduces the effectiveness of sulfur in the body. In order for sulfur to be biologically safe and effective, organic sulfur must be pure and free of all additives. When choosing for an organic sulfur product, make sure you look for large crystals that is produced in North America for maximum effect.

      I personally use the Gold Standard Organic Sulfur Crystals and have experienced numerous benefits. They are the highest quality and purity on the market. It is 99.9% pure, 100% American made that is free of fillers, anti-caking additives, and binders. Most of the organic sulfur products on the market are imported from either China or India where quality could be a concern.

      You can go to this link for more information. I think after you read the sulfur-FAQ, you will have much better understanding.

      If you have any more questions, just leave them in the comment box below or send me an email, my email is hong@organicsulfurforhealth.com, I will be happy to get back to you.

      Thank you

      Hong

    2. Author

      hi there Wenwen, I am glad you have found my article interesting. I used to think the same thing until I did more research. Most organic sulfur products that come in the forms of pills and capsules that contain silica, fillers, flow agents, and binders can block sulfur absorption.In fact, pill/capsule forms have shown to be 70% less effective than pure, large flake organic sulfur crystals.
      If organic sulfur is made into pills or powders for resale 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 sterate are added. This processing is extremely detrimental to the organic sulfur and also reduces the effectiveness of sulfur in the body. In order for sulfur to be biologically safe and effective, organic sulfur must be pure and free of all additives. When choosing for an organic sulfur product, make sure you look for large crystals for maximum effect that are made in North America.
      I personally use the Gold Standard Organic Sulfur Crystals and have experienced numerous benefits. I believe they are the highest quality and purity on the market. It is 99.9% pure, 100% American made that is free of fillers, anti-caking additives, and binders. Most of the organic sulfur products on the market are imported from either China or India where quality could be a concern.
      You can go to this link for more information.
      Thank you
      Hong

  8. Hi Hong, I just knew organic sulfur from this article. What are the symptoms of lack organic sulfur and how much do we need it a day?

    1. Author

      hello Melani, I am glad you took the time to read my article. Out of 20 amino acids present in foods, only two contain sulfur, and neither are stored in our body, so ingesting foods containing sulfur is the way to keep our system balanced. Sulfur is part of methionine and cysteine, which are amino acids needed in the making of proteins. So, if there is too little sulfur, it could lead to reduced protein synthesis.

      Common health complaints associated with low concentrations of sulfur in your body include: Fatigue, depression, high sensitivity to physical and psychological stress, degenerative diseases, acne, brittle nails and hair, convulsions, memory problems, gastrointestinal problems, rash and even slow wound healing,

      Sulfur deficiency in the body may also contribute to obesity, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and chronic fatigue. Insufficient sulfur in your body may also lead to insulin resistance, and insulin is vital for regulating sugar levels in our body.

      Since the mid-1950’s, farming practices have changed. Chemical fertilizers have broken the sulfur cycle. This has caused a tremendous decrease in the sulfur that used to be in our soil, because the fertilizers bind with the sulfur and wash it away before it can get into the foods we eat. Today, almost all of our foods are sulfur-deficient.

      If you grow your foods organically or buy organic foods and drink natural non-chlorinated and non-fluoridated water everyday. Then you have a steady supply of sulfur in your body and you are unlikely to be sulfur deficient. If your diet is primarily refined and processed and thoroughly cooked food, you are likely to be sulfur deficient.

      The amount of organic sulfur to take is dependent on your body weight. The general guide after acclimatization is to take 1 teaspoon per 100 lbs twice daily. You can also check out my other article that explains this in detail.

      If you have any more questions, just leave them in the comment box below or send me an email, my email is hong@organicsulfurforhealth.com, I will get back to you as soon as possible.

      good luck to you 🙂

      Hong

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