What natural substance can bind with Sulfur and pull excess amounts out of the body?
Sulfur is a macro mineral present in every cell in the human body. Sulfur is a component of bones, is used in the structural make up of proteins, immunoglobulins (immune cells) and enzymes, metabolism of fatty acids, neurotransmitters and glycolysis, acts as an anti-inflammatory for the musculo-skeletal system and is also required for the health of the liver, hair, nails and skin , Sulfur is an important constituent of Thiamine (Vitamin B1) and Biotin as well as being found in insulin, glycoproteins and cartilage. Sulfur in the body exists primarily as a constituent of the amino acids Methionine and Cysteine.
Recommended daily intake of Sulphur?
The recommended daily intake for Sulfur from dietary sources is 800 mg per day.
Excessive amounts of Sulfur can cause an allergy to the mineral as well as skin irritations and kidney damage. Many people are intolerant to this mineral and often have a sensitivity to foods which contain high amounts of it, especially foods such as brocoli and garlic. Exposure to heavy metals may be a contributing factor to this condition. Individuals may also be sensitive to sulfur containing pharmaceutical medications such as antibiotics and anti-inflammatories. Some individuals have an impaired ability to oxidize and detoxify Sulfur compounds due to two reasons, one is a sensitivity to Sulfur drugs due to impaired conjugation of sulfation pathways in the liver and the other is due to the impaired ability to regulate the amino acids Cysteine and Methionine.
Dietary sources of Sulfur
EGGS: Egg Yolks
FRUIT: Apple, Raspberries, Strawberries, Blackberries, Dates, Figs, Banana, Grapefruit, Pineapple
HERBS: Chives, Burdock Root, Mustard, Eyebright, Horseradish, Parsley, Dandelion, Burdock, Catnip, Echinacea, Ginsengs, Chilli
MEAT: Poultry, Pork, Beef
NUTS: Brazil Nuts
SEA VEGETABLES: Kelp
VEGETABLES: Cabbage, Potato, Celery, Beans, Avocado, Broccoli, Lettuce, Turnips, Brussels Sprouts, Onions, Spinach, Cucumber, Watercress, Parsnip, Cauliflower, Carrot, Fennel, Radish, Asparagus, Garlic
Natural tips to help remove excess Sulfur from the body
- Consider taking another mineral which directly competes with the uptake of Sulfur in the body such as Zinc
- Increasing your fibre intake in the form of psylium may help to bind to Sulfur and increase it's excretion from the body
- Improving liver function and the phase 2 metabolic pathway in the liver may help to ensure that excess amounts are properly metabolised and excreted
- Improving kidney function is also important, high amounts of sulfur may cause damage to the kidneys. Healthy kidneys will help ensure better elimination of excess sulfur