Methylsulfonylmethane would challenge most people in terms of pronunciation, but it’s a natural form of sulfur that is not only safe, but an essential nutrient in which many of us are probably deficient. The same goes for methylcobalamin which is a desirable form of vitamin B12. These are just a few examples of many.
Lastly, you have those examples, such as the tocopherols which despite the tricky name are just forms of vitamin E. However depending on the variety of that tocopherol, it may be natural or synthetic, and research questions which ones should even be used at all, and in which combinations. You need to know which is which so you can make an informed choice.
None of us learn all of this overnight. Stay with us here on Reinventing the Supermarket, and over time you’ll develop the knowledge, tools and tactics to make the wisest choices for you and your family. In the meantime, focus on just one product in your pantry or bathroom every week or so, and research every single ingredient, until you know for sure whether its something you really want to put in your mouth or on your skin!