When we talk about dimethyl sulfoxide, we’re discussing a highly utilized element in the commercial field, employed in organic chemical synthesis and medical applications. It’s one of the best-known solvents, sometimes even referred to as a “super solvent”. 

Throughout the following lines, we’ll explore what other properties dimethyl sulfoxide can offer. If you’re looking for the best quality, don’t hesitate to rely on our chemical products warehouse. At DC Fine Chemicals, we handle fine chemistry with utmost meticulousness. We look forward to seeing you!

Analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties

Since the 1950s, dimethyl sulfoxide (CAS 67-68-5) became a “super solvent” as its ability to easily penetrate both animal and plant tissues was demonstrated. From then on, emphasizing its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, its application in various fields of chemical research garnered significant interest. 

It comes in a liquid format, organic in nature and soluble in water. The molecule exhibits a pyramidal form and contains hydrogen, carbon, sulfur, and oxygen atoms. Its two electrons at the upper end enable it to dissolve polar substances with electric charges. 

As mentioned earlier, dimethyl sulfoxide has the ability to penetrate animal and plant tissues without causing any damage, possibly due to its rather small and compact structure, and its ability to form hydrogen bonds. Furthermore, its transporting nature varies depending on the concentration of the solution: at concentrations between 70% and 90%, it can penetrate the skin, while at concentrations above 90%, its transportation is reduced. In this regard, molecular weight and charge also play a significant role. 

How is it produced?

To delve into this, one must consider its precursor: dimethylsulfoniopropionate. This compound resides within phytoplankton and, through various decomposition processes, is released into the atmosphere. Once there, bacteria carry out its decomposition, transforming it into dimethyl sulfide. This compound, through reaction with light and oxygen, gives rise to dimethyl sulfoxide, participating in cloud formation. They are regularly expelled in the form of rain, so certain amounts are absorbed by plants or return to the sea when they fall to the ground. 

It’s no wonder then that this element is employed in agronomic crops. In fact, professionals in this sector highlight the significant role of dimethyl sulfoxide in the absorption of pesticides and nutrients through roots and leaves. Once absorbed, it doesn’t accumulate in tissues. On the contrary, it’s incorporated into plants and grains and is quickly metabolized and eliminated. 

In the animal realm, both animals and humans eliminate it through feces and urine, as well as through respiration and the skin. We reiterate its innocuous nature, however, it’s always worth considering the potential risks it may entail, with allergic reactions being the most common. 

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