Is Sulfur Dangerous?
Is Sulfur Dangerous? No, Sulfur is vital to your health. However, read below regarding toxic food additives and chemicals containing sulfur. After calcium and phosphorous, sulfur is the third most abundant mineral in your body. Sulfur contributes to protein structure, so it determines the makeup of your muscles, skin and bones. It determines tissue elasticity, so its deficiency plays an important part in aging.
Sulfur also determines proper structure and biological activity of enzymes.
Sulfur directly effects your energy levels. It makes up iron/sulfur proteins in mitochondria, cell powerhouses. Also Sulfur causes Vitamin B1 and biotin conversion, needed for converting carbohydrates into energy.
Sulfur is used to create molecules for your metabolism.
The insulin molecule consists of two amino acid chains connected to each other by sulfur bridges, without which the insulin cannot function.
Your body detoxifies also using Sulfur.
Sulfur has a direct effect on all our bodies’ processes and overall health, so it makes sense to consider deficiency in sulfur dangerous!
Surprisingly, U.S. Food and Nutrition Board (FNB) hasnt updated its recommended daily allowances (RDA) for Sulfur in over 20 years!
Sulfur Intake and Overdose
Is Food Additive Sulfur Dangerous? Access sulfur gets excreted in urine, so you dont really need to worry about overdosing on Sulfur. However, only two of the 20 amino acids normally present in foods contain sulfur: Methionine and Cysteine. Methionine is an essential amino acid, meaning you need to get it from food sources. Cysteine is a non essential amino acid , because your body produces it. However, you need a dietary source of Sulfur to do so!
When your body lacks a steady supply of Sulfur, your body starts using up cartilage as a sulfur reserve. For this reason dietary supplements containing sulfur (chondroitin sulfate, glucosamine sulfate, MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane), etc.) can be of benefit in the treatment of joint diseases. Inadequate production or supply of cysteine forces your body to tax your brain, typically the most spared organ, as source of glutathione (GSH). GSH is an important antioxidant formed from cysteine, and is also used to create cysteine. In turn, with reduced levels of GSH, your brain suffers reduced antioxidant protection from free radicals in the atmosphere and environment. Your skin absorbs Sulfur readily, so applying Epsom salt(Magnesium sulfate) lotions or taking regular Epsom salt baths can help guard against Sulfur deficiency. Learn more here.
The most biologically available and concentrated dietary sources of Sulfur are animal products: fish and organic and/or grass-fed/pastured beef and poultry are considered “complete” as they contain all the sulfur-containing amino acids you need for protein production. To a lesser extent, eggs, also provide some amounts of Sulfur.
In other words, Sulfur is one of those several vital elements that Vegans may become seriously deficient in. For this reason many vegans experience various health problems unless they include good and adequate sources of Sulfur in their diet regularly.
Good vegan sources of Sulfur include Legumes, Garlic, Onion, Brussel sprouts, Asparagus, Kale,and Wheat germ. To help get the most Sulfur from your vegan diet, keep in mind that dietary Sulfur may be reduced during cooking and pasteurization. MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) an organic Sulfur compound found in fruits in vegetables, and most abundant in grass fed raw milk, easily evaporates. Good reason to include as much raw unprocessed fruits and vegetables in your diet! Learn aboutraw food diet here.
Is All Sulfur Healthy?
Is Food Additive Sulfur Dangerous? Yes, a couple Sulfur containing food additives exist that may cause some confusion regarding Sulfur’s benefits to health.
Sulfur additives are toxic, and have been prohibited in raw fruit and vegetables in the United States. Also, hydrogen sulfide, sulfuric acid and other non-dietary sulfur containing toxic chemicals exist that you should not confuse with benevolent dietary sulfur.
These chemicals are processed differently in the body from organic dietary sources and sulfur supplements, so they are trojans in my otherwise pro Sulfur spiel.
One example, Sodium Sulphite, a preservative used in processed foods, has been linked to headaches, breathing problems, and rashes severe cases,actually death in sulfite sensitive individuals. Another, Sulphur Dioxide, causes adverse reactions, including bronchial problems, low blood pressure, and anaphylactic shock.