MSM Sulfur vs. Sulfur


Sulfur and Methyl-Sulfonyl-Methane sulfur are commonly misunderstood substances. Many people confuse MSM sulfur with regular sulfur but the two are very different.

While they are both sulfur, the forms are different. MSM sulfur can be regarded as organic sulfur and thus 100% safe. This kind of sulfur can be safely and efficiently digested and absorbed by the human body.

Regular sulfur is also known as sulfur oxide and is processed into sulfuric acid. This form of sulfur is inorganic and is toxic to the human body. This kind of sulfur cannot be digested or absorbed by the human body.


This is the kind of sulfuric acid that doctors used to prescribe to people back in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. It caused many adverse reactions, especially to people’s skin. When applied externally to the skin, the skin tries to excrete the poisonous sulfur from the blood. As the body’s largest organ of elimination, the skin eliminates sulfuric acid because it is dangerous inside the body and is potentially fatal.

Sulfuric acid was used in topical ointments and creams to treat arthritic conditions and because the toxic substance was applied to the skin, it traveled into the bloodstream and then the blood used the skin to attempt to eliminate the toxic substance.

Many people refer to sulfuric acid as sulfur, so when they hear about MSM sulfur, they equate MSM sulfur with sulfuric acid, resulting in a risky situation.

Sulfur vs. Sulfuric Acid

It’s very easy to tell MSM sulfur from sulfur oxide. MSM Sulfur has a white color and sulfur oxide has a yellow color. This yellow color becomes clear when it is processed and made into sulfuric acid, an industrial product.

Sulfur. A nonmetallic, multivalent, tasteless and odorless chemical element mainly occurs in yellow crystalline form or in mass volume, especially in volcanic areas. Its atomic number is 16 and its atomic weight is 32.06. It is used to produce sulfuric acid and is used for the following industrial purposes:

  • Metallurgy
  • Rubber vulcanization
  • Petroleum refining

Sulfur has the ability to treat the following conditions:

  • Gout
  • Rheumatism
  • Bronchitis

Organic sulfur, along with elements such as zinc, silicon and biotin, are beauty elements that are beneficial to the skin. They help foster the structural integrity of the skin.

Dietary Sources


Sulfur is the key substance that makes garlic the “king of herbs.” However, there is a controversy with organic sulfur though specious in nature. The sulfur in onions is not responsible for making people cry when cutting onions. Onions produce a chemical irritant called Syn-propanethial-S-oxide, which stimulates the eye’s lachrymal glands so that they release tears.

Syn-propanethial-S-oxide starts out as a substance called Lachrymatory-factor-synthase, a previously undiscovered enzyme discovered by the Japanese in 2002. When an onion is cut, lachrymatory-factor-synthase is released into the air. The Synthase enzyme converts the amino acids into Sulfenic acid. The unstable Sulfenic acid rearranges itself into Syn-ropanethial-S-oxide and this substance releases into the air and comes into contact with our eyes.

So it is not the sulfur that makes the eyes water when cutting onions. It is another substance.

MSM sulfur is considered dietary sulfur. It is chiefly derived from the lignin of pine trees. Lignin is a molecule in plants that is part of a plant’s cell wall. MSM sulfur or Methyl-Sulfonyl-Methane is a relatively new dietary form of sulfur that is found in human tissue. It is a naturally occurring nutrient found in the human diet, especially plant-based diets. It gets into the diet via the sulfur cycle which occurs when ocean plankton release sulfur compounds that rise into the ozone where ultra-violet light makes MSM and Di-Methyl Sulfoxide return to the surface of the Earth through rain. The plants concentrate MSM and eventually return it to the Earth and the sea. Evaporation into the air results in its return to the Earth.


MSM sulfur supports healthy connective tissues like tendons, muscle and ligaments and thus is helpful for health challenges such as arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, gout and muscle pain. MSM sulfur is actually considered the building blocks of protein. The substance also removes toxins from the blood and lymphatic system.

Sulfur, in its organic nature, is present in all cells in sulfate form. When sulfur comes into contact with sodium, potassium, magnesium and selenium, the sulfate forms.


Sulfur is found in human hair, skin and nails.

Many amino acids have sulfur as a component. MSM has many functions that are very important for human health and overall wellbeing.


Sulfur is also needed for insulin production and is greatly recommended for so-called diabetics.

Those with arthritic conditions and athletic injuries respond well to MSM when it is ingested orally. MSM is imperative for healing because it accelerates the healing process. Many professional athletes consume MSM sulfur when they are injured and need to recover quickly.

MSM sulfur can be used to promote:

  • Hair growth
  • Nail growth
  • Structural integrity of the skin;
  • Insulin production
  • Healing of damaged tendons, ligaments and muscles, broken bones and pain
  • Healing of arthritis, bursitis, rheumatism, osteoarthritis, sprains and blindness
  • Fertility enhancement, especially for males
  • Blood purification
  • Detoxification of the cells
  • Removal of parasites and worms
  • Nourishment of the male and female gonads

Sources of Sulfur

Sulfur is a very important element for optimal health and wellbeing and is a highly recommended by Make sure Vitamin C is consumed with MSM sulfur because Vitamin C is dependent upon sulfur for absorption.

Sulfur-rich foods include:

  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Kale
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Lentils
  • Soybeans
  • Turnips
  • Beans
  • Wheat germ

Sulfur-rich plants include:

  • Horsetail
  • Alfalfa
  • Chaparral leaves
  • Burdock root
  • Dandelion leaves and root
  • Catnip
  • Garlic
  • Red Raspberry leaves and berries
  • Lobelia
  • Juniper berries

This substance can also be found in the following facial skin clays:

  • Bentonite Clay
  • French Green Clay
  • Moroccan Red Clay

And because sulfur is widely available, it can be used in chakra balancing. Sulfur is a beautiful yellow color which means its a beneficial stone to use for the 3rd chakra, solar plexus.

The 3rd chakra of the human energy system deals with issues of personal power, intelligence, ambition, drive, self-esteem and self-image and ego.

Sulfur should never be used to make an elixir, unless of course the sulfur piece is placed in a glass container or jar and placed in a bowl carrying the water (elixir), called the ‘indirect method.’ The properties of the sulfur will still impact the water this way and is best used externally.

Sulfur can be directly applied to the body for purposes of chakra balancing. It will not adversely affect the skin in this way. During chakra balancing sessions, clothes are usually worn so the sulfur piece sits on the clothing material and not directly on the human skin.


Related Questions

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    Q: I have used MSM sulfur, and recommended it to a friend because it worked wonders for me. It seemed to have worked quickly. If a person is allergic to sulfur, what else would be beneficial for them for Arthritis?


    MSM Sulfur is not pharmaceutical grade sulfur which is toxic to the skin! Many people unjustly give MSM sulfur a bad rap for sulfur oxide!

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    Q: I'm trying to narrow it down as to which product you recommend out of the HAIR SKIN NAILS FORMULA with added sulfur, or the straight up MSM SULFUR. Which of these products are more beneficial for growing male thinning hair? thank you


    Go with the MSM SULFUR !

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    Q: Is your MSM Sulfur, a good source for hair re-growth?


    Yes, Msm Sulfur, is a great herbal product to promote hair growth? Often referred to as the "Beauty Herb". Please read our article entitled Hair Problems.

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    Q: How do I rid myself of these little white blotches that pop up on the skin. I've been told it has something to do with sulfur shortage in the body. I would like your input if possible. By the way, the question and answer section was some good reading. Thanks, I?m over and out. p.s. ( do I have to order products, is possible to come there direct and purchase?)

    A: Try our Blood & Lymphatic Formula. Cleansing the blood is a great way to heal adverse skin conditions.

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    Q: My question is about hair loss. I am a 45 year old African American female. I started losing my hair about 15 years ago. I specifically remember unusual symptoms before it started to fall out. First, my entire scalp had a burning sensation, and it was very tender to the touch. It was very difficult to brush, comb and wash. Then after that, I am not sure how much longer after, but a dry patch of skin developed toward the back of my head (approximately 1 inch in diameter). I was able to peel it off and pull it through the strains of hair (very weird). That happened a couple of times and not too long after that, my hair started to fall out in large amounts for a fairly long period of time. At the moment I would say that I am mostly bald with hair mostly around the edges. Also I would like to mention that hair started to grow on my chest BUT I started to lose hair in my vaginal area. Sorry if some of this sounds sketchy but it's been 15 years!! I will try to give you a little bit of my history. I am 5'8" and 135lbs. I would say that for the most part, I have been an athlete all my life. My menses were very irregular sometimes and/or absent for long periods of time. When my menses were present, I had very bad cramps and clotting. My menses are now very regular and I hardly have any cramps, my flow is light and very little clotting. I would have to say that it is now a pleasure to have my "period". This also might be a result from switching my diet to a vegetarian diet. I have been a vegetarian for about 16 years. I would say 20% is dairy, but after reading your articles, I am trying my best to become vegan, hopefully even a raw foodist. I also eat tofu. I have never had hair problems growing up. I did get relaxers, but only twice a year. I have had my appendix removed when I was in elementary school. My bowel movements are usually once a day. (I know it needs to be 3.) So anyway, I have been to a couple of medical doctors to no avail, so now I am coming to you. I just received the following products from your company today (10-06-08). I am looking forward to using them. - MSM SULFUR - ELECTRIC GREENS CELL FOOD - COLON FORMULA - HEALING HERBAL TOOTH POWDER - HAIR OIL One last note: I have had maybe one cold in the last 3 years. I can't remember the last time I had the flu. So thank the Lord, my health has been pretty good. Thank you for reading about my situation and hopefully you can shed some light on what is going on with my body.


    Have you read the 2 health articles on hair ("HAIR PROBLEMS" and "BLACK HAIR, NAPPY HAIR")? If not, please read these articles for remedy and recourse. Also, read our article "SKIN DISORDER = BLOOD DISORDER"."

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    Q: In one of your articles I read on re-building the male reproductive system, you mentioned that a combination of monoatomic gold, MSM sulfur, Zinc, Jackrabbit herbs and others can be used in concert (along with balanced intentions) to do so. I just noticed you have Khemetian Gold. Can this be used in substitute of Monoatomic? Thanks. I love the information; I am learning a great deal and will soon order some things.


    KHEMETIAN GOLD is NOT mono-atomic gold (MAG). Read the ingredients of the product and you will see it does not contain mono-atomic gold but humic and fulvic acid, different substances altogether from MAG. Therefore, Beloved, I wouldn't suggest a substitution. Glad you enjoy all the information! Thank you for your interest in!

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    Q: I ordered the MULTI-VITAMINS AND MINERALS FORMULA, and I can't wait to receive them!!! However, I want a supplement that is "complete". (I guess that's what I mean) So I am asking should I order supplements like vitamin c, zinc, or magnesium to compliment the multi vitamins, or is that enough to cover all areas?


    The more the merrier! Order the additional products for more 'completion.'

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    Q: I was having issues with puss and blood filled boils on my vaginal walls and I constantly went to doctors who told me that It wasn't an STD but they could never tell me what it was. I finally went to a different office and the results of my culture came back stating that I had MRSA. I was then prescribed Bacterium DS, which is antibiotic containing sulfur. I took this and I didn't seem to have any issues for a while. Now I recently had a boil on my finger and on my back and I have a vaginal discharge, which a different doctor has diagnosed as MRSA (which I thought I was rid of). She also subscribed the Bacterium DS but this time the symptoms did not subside. Please let me know what you suggest for this ailment as the boils are painful and the vaginal discharge is causing much discomfort.


    Please read: â€BOILS†and â€VAGINAL ODORS AND DISCHARGEâ€.

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    Q: My 12 year old daughter is losing her hair. Her hairline has significantly receded, and her hairline on the side of her face is behind her ears, are slick. She does not have a perm and has not for about 2 years now. It is ok to use the Hair Nail formula and the MSM Sulfur together? Should I change the dosage? I am also considering the Child Liquid Cleanser and the Green 10-day Cleanser. Can they be used together? Should I change the dosage? Backgroud: She had ringworm when she was about 6, and lost hair. It grew back. She got a perm around 10. After the second application I noticed that those spots that were lost when she was 6 were going bald again. She hasn't gotten another perm. In spite of that, the areas of loss have gotten larger. The natural hair stylist said it could be puberty induced alopecia. Please help...


    Target her nutrition! Put her on HAIR SKIN NAILS FORMULA, MSM SULFUR, IODINE PHOSPHATE, etc.

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    Q: Can you please list the vitamins and minerals in your MULTI-VITAMINS AND MINERALS FORMULA?


    All 102 minerals, all vitamins, and all B-Vitamins.

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    Q: I just place an order, and I want to know can I take the two capsules together? THYROID FORMULA, MULTI-VITAMINS AND MINERALS FORMULA


    Yes, you can take all those formula's together. We ask that you allow 1-2 hours in between taking the supplements. It allows one to digest before taking the other.

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    Q: I heard about your website listening to Kiss98.7 NY..I have a question. If I ordered the following items do they all work well together??? INTESTINAL JANITOR, MULTI-VITAMINS AND MINERALS FORMULAand ENZYMES FORMULA?? See I was diagnosed with eosinophile gastroentenitis and I don't like being on prednisone but that is what they tell me is the only thing that can keep it in remission, and I don't like being on medication. I would like to try natural herbs to get my body back to health instead of killing it with all these medication with horrible side effects. Thanks and I look forward to hearing back from you.


    You could take them all together and yes, they work together. I'd suggest that you first perform the FULL BODY DETOX Cleanse to cleanse the body.

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    Q: Is it possible that the Headache and Pain formula that my mother has currently been on since June of this year could be causing her to have internal bleeding. She is peeing brown at times. Her blood work came back fine. Her kidney are functioning normally. I wonder if there is something that I am giving her to cause this. Currently she is on your Headache and Pain formula, Calcium Formula, Nerves formula, Joint formula, MSM formula, and CNS formula. Everything is normal except for the brown looking urine she has developed for over a month now and it occurs in the morning. Do you know what could be causing this? Am I giving her too many herbs at one time? Please let me know your thoughts. Thank you, I appreciate it.


    No, not at all! Herbs don't cause problems. They help heal them! The morning piss is usually the most toxic one, releasing the toxins and poisons that have been broken down at night during sleep. This is normal and is a sign her body is normalizing itself. There's nothing to worry about. There never is! Her body is healing itself!

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    Q: hi I need advice right now I have a skin disease called hidradenitis suppurativa it’s a skin disease of painful puss like ab cyst that grows under my skin I went to see a physician and the physician diagnose me with a prescription called amoxicillin clavulanate potassium however it keep reoccurring. I had goggled up my condition and there seems to be no healing this condition from what I read happens to affect mostly women and African American women in which I am and to minimize the break outs laser treatment is to be an option but there is no cure the laser treatments is expensive and I don't have that kind of money for that I want a natural way of healing it out of my body what would you suggest that is more natural to take for my condition Thank you.


    All the information you require is in our article â€SKIN DISORDER = BLOOD DISORDERâ€.

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    Q: I would like to know, if you have any skin care programs, for women age 50 and over. I am going to try the detox progarm as soon as possible. I truly believe that I am going to be very happy with the results. I am 51 years old, and I want to look and feel my best. I have a lot of belly fat, and that makes me feel uncomfortable, because some people will ask me, if I am pregnant. This seems very strange to me, because my stomach seems to be the main place, where all the fat is building up. I desire to have beauty inside and out. I want to be completely whole. If you have tips for skin care and body care, please let me know. Some people say that I look like I am in my forties, however, if I did not have all of this extra body fat, I could really believe what they are saying.


    The blood needs to be cleansed in order to enhance your skin and eliminate excess fat.

    We would recommend you perform the Full Body Cleanse which can help improve skin complexion, release weight, and detoxify, purify, rejuvenate, and strengthen the body and all of its eliminative channels.

    We also have a Facial Skin Kit that works to naturally restore the health of skin by helping to remove blemishes, hydrate skin, and even out complexion for resilient skin.

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    Q: When I use the OZ OIL my outer skin is very soft and subtle. However deep down in the skin I feel very itchy. I have been assuming this is the effect of the oil doing its job. After a few weeks I got the feeling that I should try to loofa off the top layers of skin so the under skin could rejuvenate its self. I suppose I am writing because I want to check to make sure that the deep itching truly is a positive healing process before I purchase another bottle. Also to prompt you for any other ideas you might have to help my condition. It is purely beauty based btw I don't have any skin illness.


    The itching is a natural side effect that a healing crisis is taking place. Keep using the Oxy Oil at your discretion.

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    Q: I would like to know what herbs you advise I should take for: healthy skin/even skin tone, hair growth and weight loss. I am pregnant at the moment but I would like to use herbs in approx 10 weeks. I am from England, I'm A 25 year old black woman who is beginning to take my health seriously! what foods do you advise I take out of my diet?


    Please read our "PRE-NATAL HEALTH" article for the answers you desire! This is a common inquiry for us so we created an article on the subject matter.

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    Q: Please tell me what I can do for a skin condition called keratosis pilaris. Which is the hardening of the hair follicles causing them to be red and hard. Also known as chicken skin as told my dermatologist and physicians that say there is no cure for it...which I know is a lie straight from the pit of hell. I have had it all my life & is VERY embarrassing. I have started by ordering your OZ OIL. Is there something else I should do?


    Perform the FULL BODY DETOX for starters. Perform the kit and when you're done, please contact us again and we will direct you in the direction you need to go in for your healing!

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    Q: I'm in my last two days of the full body detox and my skin is just glowing outside of the two huge cystic acne pimples that popped up around day 6. They have not made any signs of going down, despite the facial steaming, Bentonite clay, peroxide, etc. Any suggestions?


    You should perform 1. FULL BODY DETOX. 2. TOTAL WOMAN CLEANSE. Drink FEMALE HEALTH TEA daily. Also, use FEMALE BREAST OIL as well. SUGGESTION: Be patient and don't focus on the pimple. You are creating a block to your healing!

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    Q: I want to know if you have a product for scleroderma. It is a skin discoloration Disease. The symptoms are your skin darkening, hair loss, and arthritis in hands. If you have any products, do you have liquid or small pills? My friend has problems swallowing large pills.