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The Value of Sulfur to Good Health


Sulfur is one of four amino acids that performs a number of important protein synthesis and enzyme reaction functions. Sulfur is needed for the proper production of collagen, the protein found in all connective tissues. This element of collagen production makes sulfur an important element in the protection of the joints. In addition, sulfur plays an important role in helping to maintain healthy hair and skin.

Dietary Sources of Sulfur:

High protein foods like meat, fish, poultry, eggs, milk and legumes typically have a high sulfur content. In fact, egg yolks are one of the richest sources of sulfur in the diet. Sulfur is also present in onions, garlic, cabbage, turnips and Brussels sprouts.

Recommended Dailiy Intake of Sulfur:

There is no recommended daily intake established for sulfur, and most diets include plenty of this element.

Sulfur Supplements:

Sulfur is part of some multivitamin and mineral formulas.

Side Effects and Toxicity of Sulfur:

There have been no known incidents of sulfur toxicity.

Symptoms of Sulfur Deficiency:

Sulfur deficiency has only been documented in those whose sole source of food was grown in soil which had been depleted of sulfur. Sulfur deficiency is of little concern to the average person.

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