Organic Sulfur is present in the cells of all living organisms. Sulfur is the sixth most abundant mineral on the earth and one of the most necessary minerals needed by the body for overall human health.
Per Wikipedia: “The sulfur cycle is the collection of processes by which sulfur moves to and from minerals (including the waterways) and living systems. Such biogeochemical cycles are important in geology because they affect many minerals. Biochemical cycles are also important for life because sulfur is an essential element, being a constituent of many proteins and cofactors.” [i]
Many experts in agriculture have proven that the sulfur cycle was broken decades ago when farmers switched from using manure as a fertilizer to chemical based fertilizers. In addition, the widespread use of industrial pesticides has been proven to disrupt and kill a wide range of beneficial soil microbes that are present in the roots of all plants that are responsible for drawing nutrition (including sulfur) up from the soil.
The mass introduction of fortified foods and processed foods has only exacerbated the problem as the diminished nutrition levels in most food crops today is processed and stripped out even further. This is done to promote shelf stability so packaged foods won’t go stale, rot or spoil as quickly. The result is that most people alive today are nutritionally deficient, especially in minerals such as sulfur, magnesium, chromium, selenium, silica, calcium, and potassium that all perform vital roles in our bodies when it comes to protecting us from disease.
Organic sulfur, also known as methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), has a long history as a therapeutic mineral for a wide variety of ailments. It is the reintroduction of sulfur to the diet that has shown to make the biggest impact on human health. Organic Sulfur is a naturally occurring mineral that provides the body with bioavailable sulfur and methyl groups that are used in the healing and repair processes. It is these healing and repairing abilities that make it an optimal choice to help you recover from a wide array of health challenges including soft tissue and joint injuries.
Conditions That Organic Sulfur Can Be Used For
Organic sulfur (MSM) is used for: chronic pain, osteoarthritis, joint inflammation, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, bursitis, tendonitis, musculoskeletal pain, muscle cramps, leg cramps, migraine headaches, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, hangover, allergies, parasitic infections of the intestinal and urogenital tracts, scleroderma, scar tissue, stretch marks, sun/wind burn, eye inflammation, oral hygiene, periodontal disease, wounds, cuts and abrasions, chronic constipation, sour stomach, ulcers, diverticulosis, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), mood elevation, obesity, poor circulation, type 2 diabetes, liver problems, Alzheimer’s disease, lung disorders including emphysema and pneumonia, autoimmune disorders, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and just about any ailment known to man.
Health Canada’s Natural and Non-Prescription Health Products Directorate has just approved the following health claims for the raw material sold by our North American supplier:
- Helps to reduce joint stiffness associated with osteoarthritis. Helps to temporarily improve joint function in osteoarthritis.
- Helps to maintain skin health.
- Helps to temporarily reduce muscle pain and discomfort immediately after exercise.
- Supports antioxidant capacity after exercise. Reduces cell membrane damage after exercise. Reduces exercise-induced oxidative stress. [ii]
Below is further information on some of the more notorious benefits of Organic Sulfur.
Detoxifying The Body
7 Lights Sulfur Defense contains 34% of organic sulfur making it a beneficial nutrient for helping to regulate and regenerate healthy cells. Sulfur has an essential role in the production of glutathione — an important antioxidant in the body that is involved with detoxification and supporting a healthy immune system.
Glutathione is important for scavenging free radicals and activating Natural Killer cells that stimulate white blood cell function. A study published in Frontiers of Immunology found that glutathione’s role in producing NK cells help to fight off infections.
Glutathione is highly involved with eliminating toxins from the body. A study published in a Biometals journal found that glutathione helped to inhibit heavy metal toxicity.
With concentrated levels of sulfur, Sulfur Defense helps to encourage glutathione regulation that is essential to overall health and detoxification, as well as inhibit inflammation and oxidative stress that leads to metabolic dysfunction.
Relieving Oxidative Stress and Inflammation
Oxidative stress is an imbalance caused when oxidative damage becomes too great for the body to remove or repair effectively. Oxidative damage occurs when free radicals, usually reactive oxygen or nitrogen species (RONS), come into contact with parts of the cell like proteins, lipids, or DNA. The damaged cell parts are then unable to function normally. Oxidative stress can be caused by excessive exercise, poor diet, toxins, UV light, and many other factors. It is a normal process used for cell signaling, normal cell death, and for killing infectious pathogens. However, when levels become too high, it causes lasting damage to cells and tissues. The body has innate processes for neutralizing oxidation, but it can still be problematic if too much is created or the body isn’t properly supported to address oxidative levels effectively. Inflammation is a response to some provocation that causes increased blood flow, increased capillary permeability, and most importantly white blood cell (or leukocytes) response. Characteristics of inflammation are redness, heat, swelling, and pain. Inflammation is how the body responds to infections, foreign substances, or tissue damage. It is a natural process that helps protect the body. However, when inflammation becomes too extreme in one area it can cause localized damage, or when subtle, chronic inflammation is not addressed it can create harmful pathologies.
Inflammation and oxidative stress are closely related and are in many ways two sides of the same coin. They are inextricably linked because each can be induced by the other. Inflammatory cells release a number of RONS at the site of inflammation, as a way of killing pathogens or signaling for further inflammation. Conversely, RONS induce intracellular signaling cascades that induce inflammatory responses. The complicated feedback loop between oxidation and inflammation needs balance to be effective without creating harm.
Chronic Fatigue & Fibromyalgia
Organic sulfur works incredibly well for minimizing and in some cases eliminating CFS and Fibromyalgia. Studies have shown that individuals with CFS and Fibromyalgia often have protein and sulfur deficiencies. A protein deficiency leads to an enzyme deficiency since the amino acids that are found in protein are used to build enzymes in the body. There are at least four amino acids in the body that require sulfur.
While sulfur is a vital building block of healthy, elastic connective tissue, joints and skin, it is also crucial for mitochondrial energy generation. People who suffer from fibromyalgia often say they wake up in the morning feeling like they’ve been run over by a truck. Fibromyalgia may be part of chronic fatigue syndrome, with pain being a more prominent symptom than fatigue. It causes generalized pain and aching throughout the body, morning stiffness, fatigue, disturbed sleep, and tender spots on the body.
Some of the symptoms that may be improved by organic sulfur (MSM) include the following:
- Reducing muscle soreness and cramps
- Reducing the symptoms of arthritis and controlling degeneration
- Allowing toxins and allergens to be cleansed from the body by increasing cell permeability and reducing water pressure in cells
- Inhibits pain impulses due to anti-inflammatory properties
- Improving and balancing the immune system
- Increasing blood supply and circulation in the body [iii]
Organic sulfur is well documented and proven to be one of the most effective natural solutions for ridding or greatly reducing almost all forms of allergies, whether they are caused by dust, pet dander, pollen, or pollution. There are volumes of documented research proving that the massive chemical assault we are under is directly responsible for a dramatic increase in a wide variety of allergies. By helping to rid the body of these toxic substances sulfur helps all the cells of the body work better and keep the system cleansed, thus leading to a reduction or elimination of allergies.
Organic sulfur also binds to the receptor site of mucosa and makes the mucosa impermeable to irritants including allergens and parasites. Sulfur has a tremendous natural antihistamine effect on the body. Some of the most noticeable benefits with organic sulfur are with seasonal allergies as the results can generally be felt within a few days.
If you’re a skeptic and you want documented proof of organic sulfur working for allergies before jumping onboard then you will be interested in knowing that a clinical trial was actually conducted and it is posted on the U.S. NIH website at this address: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12006124
Here is a synopsis of the study:
RESULTS: Day 7 upper and total respiratory symptoms were reduced significantly from baseline (p < 0.01 and p < 0.005, respectively). Lower respiratory symptoms were significantly improved from baseline by week 3 (p < 0.001). All respiratory improvements were maintained through the 30-day visit. Energy levels increased significantly by day 14 (p < 0.0001); this increase continued through day 30. No significant changes were observed in plasma IgE or histamine levels. The results of this study are promising. It would be worthwhile to conduct a larger, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study to establish further if MSM would be a useful agent in the treatment of symptoms associated with SAR.
The results of this study suggest that MSM supplementation of 2,600 mg/day for 30 days may be efficacious in the reduction of symptoms associated with SAR. Furthermore, few side effects are associated with the use of this compound. Recent acute and sub-acute chronic toxicologic data on the same source of MSM as used in this study, further validate the safety of this product.
The look and feel of your skin can change dramatically with age, as UV rays, poor nutrition, and a decline in hormones can all lead to skin aging. Fortunately, there are nutrients that can help support healthy skin. Organic Sulfur has been recognized as one of these beneficial nutrients, but it hasn’t been until recently that a pilot study examined the parameters around its unique ability to improve skin texture and appearance.
A double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial published in the Natural Medicine Journal recruited 20 women to take 3 grams of MSM per day or a placebo for 16 weeks. Researchers found that MSM helped regulate key genes involved with healthy and younger-looking skin. MSM also reduced the appearance of crow’s feet and improved skin firmness.
The study concluded, “MSM taken orally may be beneficial for skin health and reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. It works by altering gene expression of key genes that affect moisturization and barrier function, extracellular matrix production, and inflammation control.” By regulating specific genes involved with skin health, supplementing with MSM can help support the structural integrity of the skin.
Best Way To Take Sulfur
Organic Sulfur is best taken on an empty stomach or at least 30 minutes before eating so nothing interferes with your body fully utilizing it. The best way to take Sulfur is one teaspoon twice a day. Amounts can be raised or lowered accordingly depending on your state of health and the results you are or aren’t experiencing. A person battling health challenges will want to work up to higher amounts as sulfur deficiency is involved in the disease process. There is over a 30-year history of Organic Sulfur use showing it to be one of the safest substances to ingest even in large quantities without any toxic effects on the body.
Sulfur can also be eaten but most people choose to dissolve the crystals in a small amount (1-2 oz.) of warm or hot non-chlorinated or filtered water, followed by a full glass (8-10 oz.) of water or juice. It is also important to drink plenty of water throughout the day to fully maximize the sulfur results.
What Makes Sulfur Defense Sold By 7 Lights Different From Other Forms of Sulfur Being Sold?
The raw material used in Sulfur Defense is made exclusively in the USA and is manufactured in a single purpose cGMP-compliant, ISO-registered facility to help provide essential traceability. Our supply is the purest and only GRAS-designated MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) on the market. Our North American manufacturer uses a proprietary multi-stage distillation process, and every batch is third-party tested, ensuring optimal purity, quality, and consistency. In contrast, other commercially-available MSM uses crystallization to isolate the MSM molecule. As this crystallized material cools, occlusions can develop that trap contaminants within the MSM and lead to material that may contain heavy metals, residual water, and other impurities. Our raw material is backed by extensive toxicology data and the technical team involved in the production of our sulfur has over 100 years of combined experience in the manufacturing uses and application of MSM.
Is Organic Sulfur Natural or Synthetic?
There has been confusion over the years regarding MSM and its “natural” form. While MSM is naturally found in trace amounts of certain foods, it is too negligible to extract for nutritional supplementation. Some marketers may claim their MSM is 100% natural, but this is not possible because all MSM is created through a chemical reaction between dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). This chemical reaction forms an MSM that is identical to the molecule found in nature.
Variances with commercially available MSM are found in the quality of the raw material, purification process, testing, product form, consistency, and country of origin.
The material used in Sulfur Defense is biomimetic, meaning it is identical to MSM found in nature. It is the only MSM that uses a proprietary four-stage distillation process for purification and third party testing to ensure purity, quality, and consistency.
The production facility that manufactures our sulfur utilizes two primary raw materials, dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). The majority of raw material, DMSO, comes from a United States manufacturer. Since only one North American company manufactures DMSO, it is also sourced from qualified manufacturers in Japan, France, and China to ensure a sustainable supply is readily available. H2O2 comes from a United States company with facilities in the U.S. and Canada.
MSM is a naturally occurring substance found in the human body and many foods. The highest concentration of MSM in nature is in mammal’s milk, but these sources contain MSM in parts per million. Therefore, you cannot extract, isolate or grow the compound.
Commercially available MSM does not come from wood, plants or fossil fuels. You can’t squeeze MSM from a tree, extract it from plants or remove it from petroleum or other fossil fuels. A chemical reaction is required to make MSM.
All commercially available MSM is synthetic and created through a chemical reaction of DMSO and hydrogen peroxide. Since all commercial MSM produced comes from DMSO, and all commercial DMSO is produced synthetically, the origin of the DMSO is insignificant.
DMSO is produced using several starting materials: methanol and hydrogen sulfide, or methanol and carbon disulfide. Whichever starting materials used; chemical reactions are required to produce DMSO.
There is a misconception that one supply of MSM is more natural than another. All MSM produced for commercial use utilizes the same raw materials—but there is a difference, and that boils down to the purification process, testing levels, specifications and quality of the manufacturing.
Our North American supplier pioneered the distillation process of MSM ensuring the highest levels of purity and safety. Chemical engineers and other experts recognize the multi-stage distillation process used to purify MSM as the superior method on the market. The end product is biomimetic which means the same as that found in nature.
What Are The Differences In MSM Purification?
Commercial MSM is produced from a chemical reaction between dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). In the reaction, the hydrogen peroxide provides an available atom of oxygen to the DMSO, forming MSM, which is also called DMSO 2, and water (DMSO + H 2 O 2 = DMSO 2 + H 2 O).
After the reaction is complete, the MSM must be separated from the water and other reaction by-products. Separation is commonly done utilizing one of two differing processes; either crystallization or distillation. Chemical engineers recognize distillation as the superior separation method for MSM purification and if properly performed will consistently yield a product of 99.9% purity.
Crystallization separates the MSM from the water (parent solvent) by decreasing the solubility of the MSM by cooling the solution. During crystal formation occlusions, small pockets or imperfections, from within the crystal that can entrap impurities present within the reaction mixture. These impurities can come from additional water added during the reaction phase, side reactions, the reactants themselves, or the catalyst which usually contains a strong mineral acid. It is pertinent to remember that one of the primary reactants is DMSO (dimethylsulfoxide). DMSO is a very strong industrial solvent, one of the few that can dissolve most epoxies.
Distillation uses boiling point differentials to separate the MSM from the water and other impurities. Distillation is usually performed using either multiple distillation columns or multiple distillation steps within a single column. Ultimately the purified MSM is vaporized and distilled overhead resulting in an extremely pure final product. Distillation is energy intensive and a more expensive separation technique, but it ensures a product that is virtually contamination-free regardless of the level of impurities in the reaction mixture. Our North American producer of Organic Sulfur is the only MSM producer using distillation for purification.
These two separation processes will both yield MSM that is equally bio-available. Many people take relatively high dosages, some reportedly as high as 6-15 grams per day. The highest level of purity is essential to ensure the end user can achieve desired therapeutic results without having to worry about potential health issues from trace impurities.
Why Is MSM Also Referred To As Organic Sulfur?
MSM is sometimes referred to as “Organic Sulfur” because it is a carbon-containing molecule. Carbon-containing molecules are organic substances by definition.
However, this is not to be confused with food items, botanical or herbal supplements marketed as Certified Organic (a very rigorous process), Organic, 100% Organic or Made with Organic Ingredients. In these cases, Organic is a labeling term that indicates a food or agricultural product is produced through approved methods. MSM is not and cannot be produced in a manner to be certified as Organic.
What Does Biomimetic Mean?
Biomimetic refers to human-made processes, substances, devices or systems that imitate nature. Or another way to say it is that the term refers to a compound that mimics a biological material in structure or function.
How Does MSM Work?
MSM’s mechanism of action is not fully understood. In a very general sense, MSM reduces inflammatory markers and oxidative stress. It does this through various biochemical processes and pathways, but most of these are either oxidative or inflammatory in nature. What is known is that MSM can modulate upstream inflammatory signals (NF-κβ, Nrf2, NLRP3), reduce downstream inflammatory cytokines (IL-1, IL-6, TNF-α), and it supports the process that maintains proper levels of glutathione.
How Long Do I Need To Take It Before It Starts Working?
Human studies have shown that MSM enters the blood very quickly and will start working within 30-45 minutes. Most people will notice the effects of MSM within two weeks of supplementation, but individual results may vary and are dependent on dosage and formulation.
Author: Gregory Ciola
Gregory Ciola began his publishing career in the year 2000 when he released a ground breaking book on the dangers of genetic engineering. The book’s title was, “GMOs – Beware of the Coming Food Apocalypse!”. Gregory Ciola was one of the first biotech whistle blowers in the natural food industry to alert the public to what was happening to a majority of our foods. Ciola also began publishing a hard-hitting national newsletter in 2001 called “CRUSADOR” that was renamed in 2015 to “The Investigator’s Report”. He is best known for his in-depth interviews with well known book authors and leading health experts.