June 26, 2001
ConsumerLab.com Passes Most MSM Products
WHITE PLAINS--ConsumerLab.com (www.consumerlab.com)released its latest product review, passing 15 of 17 MSM (methysulfonylmethane)products. In February and March of this year, ConsumerLab.com purchased 17 MSMproducts, several of which contained other ingredients such as glucosamine orvitamin C. Products were tested to determine whether they contained the MSMamounts stated on the label, as well as for DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide)contamination. Two products that did not pass were found to contain MSM amountsthat were 15-percent and 12-percent less than their labeled amounts. Also, oneof the failed products contained a small amount--0.05 percent--of residual DMSO.While not being a health risk, the presence of DMSO could indicate poor productquality and leave a faint, sulfur-like smell.
"When you're making MSM, you want to make it as pure as humanlypossible," said Tom Haberer, director of sales and marketing at Vancouver,Wash.-based Cardinal Nutrition. The company produces OptiMSM.
This test yielded more positive results than previous ConsumerLab.com tests."The results for MSM are actually better than we have seen for mostsupplement categories," said Tod Cooperman, president of ConsumerLab.com.Later this year, ConsumerLab.com will release test results for phytoestrogen andomega-3 products.
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