Food Sources of Sulfur:

  • Beans, dried
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Dairy products
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Garlic
  • Horseradish
  • Kale
  • Legumes
  • Meats
  • Onions
  • Organ meats
  • Poultry
  • Soybeans
  • Turnips
  • Watercress
  • Wheat germ  

Herb Sources of Sulfur:

  • Garlic
  • Horsetail

Other Sources of Sulfur – Brand Names:

  • Amino acids – Cysteine, cystine, lysine, and methionine 
  • MSM (methylsulfonylmethane)
  • Alpha-lipoic acid
  • Chondroitin
  • Glucosamine sulfate
  • Glutathione
  • N-acetylcysteine  (NAC)
  • S-adenosyl-L-methionine (SAMe)
  • Proteofood (Standard Process Labs) 

Signs of Sulfur Deficiency:

  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Back pain
  • Circulatory problems
  • Constipation
  • Dry skin
  • Inflammation
  • Migraines
  • Skin disorders
  • Stress
  • Urinary tract disorders
  • Various musculoskeletal disorders  

What Sulfur Does

  • Aids in necessary oxidation reactions in the body
  • Coats intestinal tract so parasites lose ability to hang on
  • Constituent of bones and teeth
  • Contributes to fat digestion and absorption
  • Controls acidity in stomach ulcers
  • Disinfects the blood
  • Helpful in stopping urinary tract infections and constipation problems
  • Helps the body to resist bacteria
  • Helps the liver produce choline
  • Helps with hypersensitivity to drugs
  • Important for carbohydrate metabolism
  • Increases blood circulation
  • Increases body’s ability to produce insulin
  • Increases energy, alertness, mental calmness and the ability to concentrate
  • Necessary for developmental and neurological processes
  • Needed for the manufacture of many proteins, including those forming hair, muscles, and skin
  • Needed for the synthesis of collagen
  • Needed to regulate blood sugar
  • Permits muscles to heal
  • Protects against toxic substances, harmful effects of radiation, and pollution
  • Protects the protoplasm of cells
  • Reduces muscle cramps and back pain
  • Relieves allergies to food, and pollens
  • Removes inflammation
  • Scavenges free radicals
  • Slows down the aging process
  • Speeds wound healing
  • Stimulates bile secretion  

Cautions & Comments About Sulfur:

  • Moisture and heat may destroy or change the action of sulfur in the body.
  • Sulfur is the key substance that makes garlic the “king of herbs”
  • Those with sulfur allergies are supposed to stay away from sulfur supplements. I’m allergic to sulfites and I’m perfectly fine with Phytopharmica’s Glucosamine Sulfate (a time-released formula). I don’t ever seem to need MSM though and a little garlic goes a long way, so maybe if I overdosed on all the things containing sulfur, I would not do well. On the other hand–skin cases respond quite well to sulfur, and I’ve always had that weakness. Who knows. . .  

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