The Facts about DMSO – Dimethyl sulfoxide

What is DMSO?

Dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) is an organosulfur compound with the formula (CH3)2SO. It penetrates the skin very readily, giving it the unusual property for many individuals of being secreted onto the surface of the tongue after contact with the skin and causing a garlic-like taste in the mouth. As DMSO reacts to the ozone in the upper atmosphere it can pick up an extra oxygen molecule thereby making DMSO2 or MSM.

Where does DMSO come from?

Like MSM, DMSO originates in the oceans where microscopic plankton release sulfur compounds into seawater. This Plankton is quickly converted to DMS, a volatile sulfur compound that escapes into the atmosphere. In this suspended, gaseous state, the DMS reacts with ozone and ultraviolet sunlight to create DMSO and DMSO2, known as
MSM. MSM then falls to the earth with the rain, where it is collected and concentrated in plants and subsequently animals.

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