Distilled MSM Vs Crystallised MSM
What is the difference between Distilled MSM and Crystallised MSM?
We are often asked this question, so we thought it might be worth sharing the explanation. While both types look and taste the same, the difference between the two lies in the manufacturing process. It is universally accepted that Distilled MSM is the absolute best form of MSM available. MSM is also known as Organic Sulphur (Sulfur).
The manufacturing process for Distilled MSM involves a 4 stage distillation process where steam is captured and impurities fall to the bottom of the tanks. This ensures maximum purity with no chance of entrapped contaminants. This more involved manufacturing process is why the cost is higher. Water content of Distilled MSM is below 0.1% which is indicative of very high quality and 99.97% purity is achieved.
MSM Powder is manufactured using a crystallisation method called centrifuge (fast spinning method) where crystals are captured on the side of the tank. We still call this MSM Powder because the word “powder” has become synonymous with MSM. Both forms of MiSMo MSM are crystals resembling sugar.
Water filtration is also a point of difference for MiSMo MSM. All water used in the manufacture of MiSMo MSM both forms, has been purified using a reverse osmosis process ensuring the highest standards.
When we talk about purity in terms of the manufacturing process this refers to the best quality water of water used and the analysis of the crystals meeting the highest standards possible. This is confirmed by external analysis and each batch is issued with a Certificate of Analysis. Pure also means NO additives which include the extra little ingredients many companies use to keep the crystals from becoming hard. If your MSM is not perfectly clear when dissolved something has been added – gospel truth.
Something extra to note in regards to MSM, is there are also varying grades. MiSMo MSM is the highest grade – pharmaceutical grade, which is a special point of difference for MiSMo MSM. Both MSM’s are also listed with the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration), a government body.
While both products are of pharmaceutical grade quality, and do not differ in the look or taste, it is the manufacturing process where the difference lies.
There are two methods of manufacture, crystallization and distillation. MiSMo’s regular MSM is produced by the crystallization method which is done by centrifuge (fast spinning).
The manufacturing process used for Distilled MSM is more involved and results in a super purified product which is the reason for the higher cost. Described simply, Distilled MSM is a process where steam is captured thereby ensuring the most purified crystals possible.
All commercially available MSM is synthetic and created through a chemical reaction of DMSO and hydrogen peroxide. Since all commercial MSM comes from DMSO — which is produced synthetically using several starting materials (methanol and hydrogen sulfide, or methanol and carbon disulfide) — the origin of the DMSO isn’t relevant. Whichever starting materials used; chemical reactions are required to produce DMSO.
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