Sulfur, we need it, but some of us cannot use it therefore creating complications.
Sulfur, a component of bones, is used in the structural make up of proteins, immunoglobulins (immune cells) and enzymes, metabolism of fatty acids, neurotransmitters and glycolysis, acts as an anti-inflammatory for the musculo-skeletal system and is also required for the health of the liver, hair, nails and skin.
Sulfur is an important constituent of Thiamine (Vitamin B1) and Biotin as well as being found in insulin, glycoproteins and cartilage. Sulfur in the body exists primarily as a constituent of the amino acids Methionine and Cysteine. Many people, however, are intolerant to this mineral and often have a sensitivity to foods which contain high amounts of it, especially foods such as cabbage and garlic. Individuals may also be sensitive to sulfur containing pharmaceutical medications such as antibiotics and anti-inflammatories. Some have an impaired ability to oxidize and detoxify Sulfur compounds due to impaired conjugation of sulfation pathways in the liver.
Dietary sources of Sulfur
EGGS: Egg Yolks
FRUIT: Apple, Raspberries, Strawberries, Blackberries, Dates, Figs, Banana, Grapefruit, Pineapple
HERBS: Chives, Burdock Root, Mustard, Eyebright, Horseradish, Parsley, Dandelion, Burdock, Catnip, Echinacea, Ginsengs, Chilli
MEAT: Poultry, Pork, Beef
NUTS: Brazil Nuts
SEA VEGETABLES: Kelp
VEGETABLES: Cabbage, Potato, Celery, Beans, Avocado, Broccoli, Lettuce, Turnips, Brussels Sprouts, Onions, Spinach, Cucumber, Watercress, Parsnip, Cauliflower, Carrot, Fennel, Radish, Asparagus, Garlic
Autism and ADHD has been linked to impaired suflations.
Natural tips to help remove excess Sulfur from the body
Improving liver function and the phase 2 metabolic pathway in the liver may help to ensure that excess amounts are properly metabolized and excreted – molybdenum and choline are important amino acids needed for this pathway.
Increasing your fibre intake in through psylium may help to bind to Sulfur and increase it’s excretion from the body.
Improving kidney function is also important, high amounts of sulfur may cause damage to the kidneys. Healthy kidneys will help ensure better elimination of excess sulfur.
Food for thought!