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Sulfur is a mainstay of all proteins, and is therefore an essential
mineral for all people. Cystine,
Cysteine and Methionine are the amino acids inside the body in which
Sulfur is found. The rest
exist in body cells in the form of Sulfates.
Protein contains high level of Sulfur and is a component of
collagen, the protein that strengthens the
teeth, bones and connective tissues. It is also abundant in
Keratin, which strengthens the hair, skin
and nails. Sulfur help to give definition and shape to
tissues. It also plays a key role in changing fat
and carbohydrates into energy. The cells in the body are
provided oxygen by the presence of Sulfur.
Sulfur also helps to produce growth hormones and insulin.
IN THE BODY
Amino acids help to absorb Sulfur in the small intestine,
and are tossed away in urine and feces.
There are no dangers from a lack of Sulfur. The danger lies
with the amount of protein that exists in the body, not the Sulfur levels.
Eggs, beans, dairy, meat, seafood and mustard are great natural
sources of Sulfur. Sulfates can also be found in
water, fruit and vegetables, but not in high amounts.
850 mg a day is enough for most humans.
You cannot overdose from too much Sulfur.
Supplements of Sulfur can be used to loosen constipation
problems, to treat severe acne,
psoriasis and eczema. With scabies, a lotion form of the
supplement is often applied.
If you are suffering from arthritis, bathing in water with
Sulfur can be helpful.
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