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Sulfur in Our Diet for Health

Updated on June 30, 2013

If you have never heard of sulfur being good for health, you may be wondering ...

"Sulfur? Isn't that the rotten egg smell?"

That's right. Eggs does contain sulfur. And when it rots, bacteria liberate hydrogen sulfide from sulfur-containing amino acids and causes the rotten egg smell.

Obviously, you do not want to eat rotten eggs. But freshly cooked eggs are healthy and a great source of sulfur for the body.

Why does the body need sulfur?

Sulfur is so under-rated. Did you know that sulfur is the 8th most common element in the human body by weight. After oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium, phosporus, and potassium, comes sulfur. So that is what your body is made out of.

Sulfur in Glutathione

Stephani Seneff Talks about Sulfur

Stephanie Seneff writes about the importance of sulfur quite a lot. In one of her papers, she writes...

"... low blood serum levels of two sulfur-containing molecules are a characteristic feature of a number of diseases/conditions. All of these diseases are associated with muscle wasting, despite adequate nutrition. The authors have coined the term "low CG syndrome" to represent this observed profile., where "CG" stands for the amino acid "cysteine," and the tripeptide "glutathione," both of which contain a sulfhydryl radical..."[1]

Dr. Mercola interviews her in the below video...

Sulfur Deficiency Linked with Alzheimer's

Take a look a this chart on showing the chemistry of Alzheimer's patients. They are way low in sulfur. Sulfur is an aluminum antagonist. That means that sulfur and aluminum compete against each other. Having more of one will block the other. You want sulfur. You do not want aluminum. That may also be why some Alzheimer's patient have elevated aluminum levels in the brain.

Sulfur in Foods

Eggs are an excellent source of sulfur and so is leafy green vegetables. Onions and garlic contain sulfur as well, but difficult to eat enough volume of them as we can with eggs and leafy greens.

Read why crushing garlic and chopping onions will enhance the sulfur compounds that are released.

In particular, kale, broccolli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, and asparagus contain sulfur. Cruciferous vegetables are rich in glucosinolates, which contain sulfur.

Note that a diet that consist mainly of grains, bread, and cereals (sounds familiar?) may be deficient in sulfur.


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      krushnach80 4 years ago

      yeah and sulfur have anti fungicidal properties .