A lot of articles that show off “Ten Best Health Foods” or “5 Healthiest Foods For Weight Loss” or “Top 12 Ways to Eat Better” feature the same foods again and again.
The common themes you’ll see are to eat diverse colors. Taking in a wide range of dark greens, bright reds, vibrant oranges, deep blues, lots of tasty browns and some yellow now and again.
Those colors (unless you are eating artificial junk food) mean you are very likely eating a diverse health food profile of quality vegetables, fruits, beans and nuts.
Filled with all the health food worlds favorite things:
- Good Fats
There is something else crucial to your health, often mentioned, completely under appreciated.
The power behind some of the most powerhouse health food…
Sulfur Is Essential
First off, we admit the bullet points earlier are a bit misleading… sulfur is not only a mineral… it’s also part of vitamins biotin and thiamine, a component of many enzymes, all proteins, and your most effective antioxidant glutathione! It’s all built with sulfur.
Now let’s go back to science class and check the periodic table of elements. Sulfur or S is found directly below Oxygen or O on the period table, meaning it is in the same family (known as chalcogens) and share some similar properties, including being vital for life.
Within your body, sulfur is found in all cells and relieves pressure on cells by removing fluids, toxins, and heavy metals.
What Sulfur Does
Part of a multiple health body functions, sulfur is multifaceted. The truth is even without the science the health benefits of sulfur have been used for over a thousand years.
Ancient Egyptians were using garlic, a sulfur rich food, to prevent and cure diseases before we had a clue what sulfur was. We’ve come a long way since then, but garlic and other high sulfur vegetables are still noted and being studied for cancer prevention, reducing blood pressure, improving cholesterol levels, lowering risk of stomach, colon, prostate, and breast cancer.
In fact, if you’ve known anyone with cancer you’ve probably heard of the notorious “Budwig Diet”. Dr. Budwig developed a leading anti-cancer diet that uses milk protein and flax seed oil to provide your body with rich sources of sulfur and L-methionine.
Sulfur Deficiency Symptoms:
- Immune Dysfunction
- Memory Loss
- Lung Inflammation
- Joint problems
- Increased allergies
- Brittle nails and hair
- Poor circulation
- Faster aging skin
- Issues with blood sugar
- Poor digestion of fats
Your body’s number one antioxidant and detoxifier is glutathione and it’s creation is reliant on sulfur as it relates to methylation cycles and the transsulfuration pathway.
If that wasn’t enough, those concerned with heavy metal poisoning will find mercury binds aggressively to sulfur, and helps move it out of body tissues.
Keeping in mind that if you are already mercury toxic to the point of health issues you need to be seeing your doctor!
Those of us who just want to be sure any trace amounts keeps on moving and making it’s way out of us will want to keep a sulfur rich diet.
This is the metabolic pathway that allows homocysteine from the methionine cycle to provide sulfur for cystathionine formation which is then used as part of the glutathione synthesis pathway.
“The transsulfuration pathway connects methionine and glutathione biosynthesis. In the methionine cycle, methionine forms S-adenosylmethionine which serves as a methyl donor, generating S-adenosyl homocysteine. This is converted to homocysteine, which is subsequently converted back into methionine.” 1
The component pieces that ultimately become useful antioxidants in your body get there in some wildly interconnected ways, and often can work through multiple pathways. Some pieces remain crucial… for example folate absorption and conversion to methyl-folate is part of the MTHFR gene and methylation cycle which is connected to methionine leads to the transsulfuration pathway connected by cysteine… and the whole thing needs sulfur. Sulfur is one of those keystone ingredients of health.
Foods That Contain Sulfur
Getting enough sulfur is important and despite being prevalent in many vegetables, it’s particularly important for vegetarians and vegans to be sure they are getting an appropriate amount.
The omnivorous folks will find eggs to be a top choice for amino acids that provide solid dietary sulfur.
Sulfur is easy enough to get from food, so it’s preferred to supplement glutathione itself as opposed to the sulfur, and eat your quality proteins and vegetables for sulfur content.
- Brussel Sprouts
- Meat Protein
- Nuts & Seeds
- Pak Choi
- Red Peppers
- Swiss Chard
Amino Acids That Contain Sulphur
Use Sulfur For Health
Watch in the future when you put together high quality health food lists for the sulfur connection. You’ll find it. The health benefits are extraordinary and the foods are diverse and delicious.
Even garlic alone is known for being such a powerful health food and is absolutely delicious! Your cells will be stronger, your joints, skin, and nails will look better, and your ability to detoxify and produce glutathione will be enhanced.