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What MSM is Better: MSM Powder or MSM Capsules?

Written by Naomi Meza

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Posted on June 01 2022

What is MSM?

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MSM is short for Methylsulfonylmethane and is a naturally-occurring sulfur compound found in all vertebrates, including humans.

Some people may refer to it as methyl sulfone and dimethyl sulfone.

You can typically find MSM supplements packaged in capsules or as a colorless powder.

What Are the Benefits of MSM?

Many people take an MSM supplement because of the benefits it provides the body. While benefits and side effects of MSM vary by person, possible benefits include:

• Addressing sulfur deficiencies since MSM is a key source of sulfur.
• It functions as an antioxidant which promotes skin health and proper detoxification of the liver.
• Having anti-inflammatory effects on the body to address ailments like acne, psoriasis, arthritis and joint pain.
• Boosts energy levels.

 

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What Are Symptoms of a Sulfur Deficiency?

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As mentioned in the benefits above, MSM can help underlying sulfur deficiencies. Sulfur is the eighth most common element by mass in the human body, behind oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium, phosphorus and potassium

Sulfur deficiencies are not often talked about because sulfur is consistently overlooked on a nutrient level.

However, it plays an important role in physiological processes. The symptoms of a sulfur deficiency in the body can present themselves in the following ways: 


• Skin problems like acne and eczema


• Premature aging of the skin causing wrinkles and sagging


• Dry, brittle hair. This can also present as hair loss.


• General weakness and fatigue of the body. You may also experience a depressed mood as your cells struggle to get enough oxygen to function correctly.

 

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Sulfur deficiency can also cause Alzheimer's disease, heart disease, autoimmune disorders, liver disease, and endometriosis.

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Luckily, sulfur is abundantly found in most foods, and a sulfur deficiency is easy to fix using MSM supplements. Buyers may have a hard time choosing between MSM powder and MSM capsules.


Choosing MSM largely depends on what you hope to achieve and the benefits you want to observe in your body.

You can find MSM in powder, capsules, crystals, cream, or liquid.

 

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How do you choose which one to take? Let's take a look at the pros and cons of MSM Powder vs. MSM Capsules.

 

MSM Powder

MSM powder is the most common type of MSM supplement. Some people may not prefer MSM powder because it has a bitter taste to it, but it is the best way to take the supplement.

The powder form of MSM is pure and has fewer additives contaminating the sulfur. MSM powder is suitable for people trying to achieve anti-aging benefits on skin and hair.

The powder also has anti-inflammatory effects and boosts the immune system reducing allergic symptoms.


To take MSM powder, most people mix their dose with water. It is best to use as little water as possible for the best effects, so you get the mixture down in one shot.

 

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MSM Capsules or Pills

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Another popular way to take MSM orally is to take MSM capsules. It is easier to take in the recommended versions and does not have a bitter taste which can be a deal-breaker for most people.

MSM capsules have the same health benefits as other forms of MSM.

However, it may be difficult to find a quality MSM powder because many capsule products contain unnecessary additives, fillers and sometimes synthetic vitamins, which all take away from the health benefits provided by MSM in the first place.

So MSM Powder or MSM Capsules?

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While MSM capsules are more preferred by some, than MSM powder, because they are not bitter, difficult to swallow and are easy to take, MSM powder is best for hair, skin and joint health since the powder has higher potency and is more easily absorbed by the body.

This is especially true of our MSM powder because our powder is OptiMSM.®

This means our MSM is the purest and only GRAS-designated MSM (methylsulfonylmethane).

Our 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.

For this reason, our customers love our MSM powder for its quality, purity and potency. You can shop our MSM powder here and find out why it's a 5-star product in our store!

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