Sulfur is an acid-forming mineral. It is part of the chemical structure of amino acids (the building blocks of protein): cysteine (keratin), taurine (component of bile to digest fats), and glutathione (an antioxidant). Sulfur cleanses the blood, helps the body to fight bacteria, and protects cells.
Sulfur is also known as a mineral that enhances skin, hair, and nails. Collagen, important to the elasticity of skin, cannot be produced without sulfur. Keratin, a sulfur byproduct, is needed for healthy hair and nails.
It is used to treat diaper rash, eczema, itchy rashes, and hemorrhoids. Sulfur baths (like hot sulfur springs) may help to ease pain from arthritis. Its antioxidant properties may help to keep skin youthful and protect the body against toxins (radiation, pollution).
Food sources include meat, chicken, fish, eggs, milk products, garlic, onions, cabbage, Brussel sprouts, soybeans, and wheat germ.
Sulfur is available in tablet, powder, cream/lotion, and ointment forms.
Guidelines and Cautions
If a healthy balanced diet is followed, sulfur supplements may not be needed.
Some people are allergic to sulfur (eg, sulfites, sulfa drugs). Sulfites may trigger an asthma attack—sulfa drugs may cause headache, fatigue, gastric upset, and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).
- Before combining sulfur and selenium (may create an imbalance), seek the advice of a medical professional.
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