Sulfur compounds, either eaten or applied topically, bring shine to nails, hair, and skin, even helping to reduce scarring. Foods rich in sulfur provide elasticity and flexibility to connective tissue. Sulfur may also aid in cell detoxification, blood sugar regulation, and tissue repair.
Methyl-Solfonyl-Methane (MSM) is a natural sulfur compound found in all plant life that is watered by rain. It is destroyed by cooking and pasteurization, so most people get very little in their diets. It can be bought inexpensively as a supplement powder. Foods rich in sulfur tend to be warming or spicy, like garlic, radish, onion, mustard, or hot peppers.
Very little research has been done on the health effects of sulfur, and there is no USDA recommended daily allowance. Sulfur deficiency can mimic a protein deficiency. Possible symptoms of a sulfur deficiency include various skin conditions, asthma, arthritis, muscle pain, nerve disorders, and skeletal disorders.
Eating too much sulfur-rich food can cause fermentation and gas.
Health Benefits of Sulfur
|Antiparasitic||MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane) has been shown to have anti-parasitic properties against giardia.|
|Digestion - General||Important for the proper production of bile fluid. Can alleviate gastro-intestinal upset. Discourages parasites.|
|Hair||Brings strength and shine to hair. Can make hair more curly. Can help prevent and reverse grey hair.|
|Immune System - General||Promotes probiotic (good bacteria) growth and discourages parasites.|
|Joints||Highly concentrated in the joints and joint fluid of healthy individuals. Typically lacking in arthritic joint tissue.|
|Muscles||Reduces cramping and aching in muscles resulting from strenuous exercise.|
|Nails||Brings strength and shine to nails.|
|Skin||Helps heal rashes, wounds, and scars. Can heal acne when eaten or used in a topical cream. Makes skin shiny and radiant.|
|Teeth and Gums||Strengthens and builds tooth enamel.|
Food Sources of Sulfur
|Aloe Vera||N/A||N/A||Outdoor aloe vera plants that are watered by rain have a high concentration of the sulfur compound MSM.|
|Durian||N/A||N/A||Known for it's sulfuric odor.|
|Hemp||N/A||N/A||Found in the unsprouted seeds.|
|Kale||N/A||N/A||Best when eaten raw and juiced or well-blended.|
|Radishes||N/A||N/A||Black radishes have the highest sulfur content of all the radishes.|