Posted by Kerry Gibbons on October 04, 2004 at 21:35:11:
In Reply to: Difference between your Lignisul and Opti Brand MSM? posted by Rayna on October 04, 2004 at 21:30:50:
From our MSM description link:
Our MSM powder is 99.9% pure powder or granular crystals (your choice) and made in the US or Canada. Our one-pound plastic containers are sized so that you get a full pound of MSM. Orders of 5 pounds or more of bulk powder will be in shipped in plastic bags with a heat seal across the open end to keep it from bursting open during shipment. We add nothing to our powder or granules. Because of that, the powder can vary from a fluffy powder to a powder that tends to clump, sometimes very badly depending on humidity conditions at the time of manufacture and at your location. In general the powder that is available in the winter months is more powder-like whereas the powder that is available in the summer tends to clump up more. This is normal and does not affect the effectiveness of the MSM. The granules or flakes do not have this problem but may take somewhat longer to dissolve due to the particle size. Shelf-life of Lignisul MSM is stated to be four years, while OptiMSM is certified to have a 5-year shelf life. MSM should be stored in a cool, but not cold, dry area, such as on a kitchen shelf.
Lignisul MSM is manufactured by Fine Netraceuticals, Inc. (FNI) at a facility in Alabama (granular) and in Canada (powder) from DMSO obtained from a FNI-owned facility in China. Their DMSO is produced through a chemical reaction. The DMSO is tested upon arrival to the US to strict guidelines prior to manufacture into MSM. Then the MSM is tested by an independent third party for purity and contamination where it is certified as 99.9% pure and free of contaminants and heavy metals. While Lignisul is made in the US, not all raw materials originate in the US. FNI does not currently pay any royalties to the MSM patent holder, MSM Investments Company, LLC., claiming that the existing patents are either invalid or expired. FNI (formerly CarolwoodMSM) won a court decision in August of 2001, which reinforced their position on at least one of the patents.
OptiMSM is manufactured in Washington by Cardinal Nutrition at a facility that Cardinal owns and is dedicated only for making MSM. Their plant is NNFA GMP certified. They obtain their DMSO from the only US-based provider of DMSO. Therefore, OptiMSM is made wholly in the US from raw materials obtained in the US and North America, and is also certified as pure and free of contaminants and heavy metals. Cardinal does pay royalties to the MSM patent holder, MSM Investments Company, LLC., but is not the patent holder itself. Dr. Stanley Jacob, one of the authors of The Miracle of MSM - The Natural Solution for Pain, has given his endorsement to the OptiMSM brand.
Both Lignisul and OptiMSM are made to GMP standards (Good Manufacturing Practices) and both are fine products. We have no reservations about providing either one of them to you, but have tried to provide you with accurate information so that you can decide what is important to you. Both are MSM, and both will provide you with the same results.
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