Sulfur is a mineral that is essential for the body’s health. It is found in certain foods and can also be taken as a supplement. Sulfur is involved in many bodily functions, including the formation of proteins, enzymes, and connective tissues.

Sulfur is a non-metallic element that is found in the earth’s crust. It is a yellow, odorless, and brittle substance that has a variety of industrial uses, including the production of fertilizers, detergents, and gunpowder.

How the Body Uses Sulfur

Sulfur is an essential mineral that is found in every cell of the human body. It plays a vital role in many bodily functions, including the formation of proteins, enzymes, and antioxidants.

Sulfur is involved in the production of collagen, which is essential for healthy skin, hair, and nails. It also helps to maintain the structural integrity of joint cartilage and connective tissues.

Benefits of Sulfur-Based Foods and Supplements

Sulfur-based foods and supplements have numerous benefits for the body. Here are some of the key advantages:

  1. Improved joint health and flexibility
  2. Reduced inflammation and pain in the body
  3. Enhanced detoxification and elimination of toxins from the body
  4. Improved skin health and appearance

Food sources of sulfur

Garlic and onions are both sulfur-based foods that have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties and may help improve cardiovascular health.

Eggs are a great source of sulfur and can help support healthy skin, hair, and nails.

Cruciferous vegetables are a great source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, and potassium. Read more about Cruciferous here

Other sources of sulfur include: leeks, shallots, chives, kale, callaloo, spinach, asparagus, okra, lettuce, sweet corn, eggplant, beans, fruits, meats, and nuts.

Supplemental Forms of Sulfur

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is a source of natural sulfur, which is important for healthy bones and joints. MSM supplements are used for: arthritis, joint pain, muscle recovery after exercise, allergy relief, and more. When our cells have access to MSM, they can produce DMSO if/when they need it.

Epsom Salt is magnesium sulfate. Some people add it to bath water or drink a small amount of pure epsom salt in water.

Black Himalayan Salt is a type of salt that has a sulfurous aroma and is used in Asian and Indian cooking. It contains minerals like iron, calcium, and magnesium.

Sulforaphane from broccoli sprout and seed extracts can increase glutathione levels and has anti-inflammatory, anticancer, antimicrobial, anti-aging and cardiovascular health benefits. It may also be able to help eradicate an h. Pylori infection.

N-AcetylCysteine(NAC) is commonly considered a building block of glutathione. Although it does contain a building block of glutathione, which is cysteine, it seems to be stimulating extra glutathione production.

Liposomal Glutathione is a form that insures glutathione is making it into some of our broken/oxidized cells which can potentially allow a lot more metabolism to take place.

Supplements to Support Sulfur

Molybdenum supports our SUOX gene. Cysteine cannot be broken down without SUOX activity.

Riboflavin(b2) is required by glutathione.

Selenium is required by glutathione.

PQQ is an important antioxidant that runs in tandem with glutathione.

Those four are very close to glutathione, but just about every nutrient is somehow involved with proper glutathione production.

Branching Out

The nutrients I just mentioned above are in the sulfur line. But the sulfur line depends on or supports just about everything in our metabolism.

Once sulfur is supported, it can be beneficial to branch out to:

  • Methylation
  • Biopterin
  • Oxygenation

Restoring Long Term Sulfur Imbalance

As we’re unable to process sulfur for long enough, our digestive system adopts bacteria to help keep up with this imbalance. This is referred to as Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth(SIBO).

Although its possible SIBO may resolve itself as we support sulfur with nutrients like molybdenum, there is also a chance we’ll need to direct more attention to this in order to move forward.

As this sulfur and/or SIBO situation is going on its possible we’re offsetting our digestion in general which could potentially offset stomach acid which can allow a common infection to grab hold called H. pylori. So its possible we may need to figure out what’s going on with digestion before we’re able to get sulfur functioning better.