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Sulfur: A Nutrient for Supporting Cartilage

There is no official minimum sulfur requirement, but some consider it an essential nutrient for humans. This nutrient is widely available in foods and you can easily get adequate amounts from your diet.

Sulfur is an important part of several amino acids (the building blocks of protein), especially methionine and cysteine. It helps the body resist bacteria, cleanses the blood, and protects the protoplasm of cells.

Key functions of sulfur include:

  • Important in enzyme reactions and protein synthesis. It is a major component of substances that occur around body cells and in cartilage and skin, where they serve a protective and structural function. Sulfur is an important part of the substances that support tissues in the body. These substances, such as glucosamine or chondroiton sulfates, are used to help joint and arthritis pain.

  • A major component of one of the main antioxidant protectors called glutathione. Sulfur is a component of various enzymes that help the body eliminate and deactivate many kinds of toxins.

In addition, sulfur has been used

  • Over the centuries in skin salves for treating the skin parasite scabies and for psoriasis and eczema.

  • For treatment of allergies and joint problems, such as arthritis in contemporary medicine.

Sulfur occurs primarily in protein foods, including eggs, milk products, meat, and fish. It is also found in some legumes and in some of the more odiferous vegetables, such as onions, garlic, cabbage, brussel sprouts, and turnips.

Not much concern exists for sulfur deficiency or toxicity.

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