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Sulfur Rich Foods: Why You Should Eat Them

You've probably never sought out eating sulfur rich foods, unless of course, you are on the Wahl's Diet/Protocol. however, a little known fact is that sulfur is a mineral that is critical to the human body. It helps build amino acids and vitamins and is critical to healthy development of skin, bones, nerve cells and other tissues. Sulfur also helps maintain cardiovascular, joint and liver health and may help to prevent cancer.

More technically:

Sulfur is involved in hundreds of physiological processes.

Sulfur is required for the synthesis of glutathione, one of our premier endogenous antioxidants. .

Sulfur, in the form of disulfide bonds, provides strength and resiliency to hair, feathers, and feathered hair.

Sulfur is required for taurine synthesis. Taurine is essential for proper functioning of the cardiovascular system, our muscles, and the central nervous system.

Sulfur binds the two chains of amino acids that form insulin. It may seem like we bag on insulin a lot, but it's absolutely necessary for life.

Sulfur is found in methionine, an essential amino acid (think meat, eggs, cheese), and in cysteine, a "non-essential" amino acid (think pork, poultry, eggs, milk).

But wait a minute. If sulfur can be found in all the animal foods we're already eating – beef, chicken, eggs, pork, dairy – what's the point of eating all those sulfur-rich vegetables?

There are two reasons, I think, for focusing on "sulfur-rich" vegetables. First, it's helpful to group things. We've got the leafy greens, we've got the brightly colored produce (more on this next week), and we've got the sulfurs. We want to eat things from all three categories, and making the latter a separate group ensures that we won't "overdose" on spinach. It's just a neat, slick way to get the pro-vegetable message across and increase variety of intake. Second, and most importantly, sulfur-rich vegetation tends to come with extremely potent organosulfur compounds that offer a lot of benefit to those who eat them. Animal sources may contain plenty of sulfur-rich amino acids, which we undoubtedly require, but they don't contain the organosulfur compounds.

Sulfur-Containing Supplements

Alpha Lipoic Acid (or thioctic acid) Chondroitin Sulfate *Cysteine DMPS DMSA/DMSO Epsom Salts (baths) Garlic Glucosamine Sulfate *Glutathione Magnesium Sulfate *Methionine Milk Thistle *MSM *N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) Sulfur-containing meds (antibiotics, sulfonylurea, etc) Taurine *These items are not only high in sulfur—they are high in thiols as well.

Medications that Increase Sulfur

Bactrim All diuretics except spironolactone Sulfur Containing Foods

Arugula Carageenan Coconut milk, juice, oil Cruciferous veggies, including: bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, horseradish, kale, kohlrabi, mustard leaves, radish, turnips, watercress Dairy (except butter) Dried fruits Eggs Garlic Legumes and dried beans Lime/lemon juice in bottle Meat and fish Nuts Onions (leeks, shallots, chives also) Wine and grape juice What About Thiol?

There are many who believe thiol content is more significant than actual sulfur content of foods. When a food contains thiols, it can cause elevation of sulfur. When foods don't contain a high amount of thiols, it is believed the sulfur in these foods stays complexed with methionine and does not significantly raise sulfur levels.

Other common foods and supplements not listed on the high sulfur list that are high in free thiols are:

Supplements High In Sulfur

Bromelain Chlorella Cysteine Dairy sourced acidophilus Papain Foods High In Free Thiols

Sulfur Rich Vegetables and Fruits

Artichokes Asparagus Bean sprouts Buckwheat Carob and chocolate Coffee Green beans Jicama Papaya Peas (split and fresh) Pineapple Rutabaga Soy Spinach Turmeric is not high in sulfur or thiols, but has been found to raise levels significantly. I have not been able to find an explanation for this. If anyone has heard of one, I would be grateful for the reference.

Food Additives High In Sulfur

Also pay attention to these food additives:

Sulfur dioxide Sodium sulfite Sodium bisulfite Sodium metabisulfite Potassium bisulfite Potassium metabisulfite