Posted on Mar 31, 2020, 5 p.m.
While sulfur may smell bad, it helps blood vessels, hair, skin, and the heart to function properly. Additionally consuming sulfur rich foods may help to protect against certain health conditions.
Sulfur is the third most abundant mineral in the body, most people have on average 140 grams. Supplements may help to replenish concentrations, but people usually obtain enough of the element from food.
Fruit is not a very good source of sulfur, only tomatoes, watermelons, coconut and bananas contain sufficient amounts. Vegetables are a better source of sulfur such as cruciferous veggies, as well as bulb veggies like garlic, leeks and onions. Legumes can provide a good amount of sulfur, and vegetarians/vegans can look to beans, lentils, soybeans and tofu for their daily dose of sulfur and protein content. Most animal products contain high levels of sulfur such as meats and dairy, however, eggs contain the most but this also comes with cholesterol.
Sulfur plays a role in the production of insulin, shortages hamper the ability to balance blood sugar, sulfur and insulin deficiencies can render a person to be more vulnerable to diabetes.
Sulfur helps to make skin and hair more healthy and beautiful, it also has links to collagen and keratin proteins that comprise skin, hair and nails.
Sulfur helps to support proper function of the heart and blood vessels as well as displaying antioxidant activity. It may also act as a natural blood thinner, and a review from Nagoya University suggests that it helps to reduce LDL cholesterol.
Those with a sulfur intolerance and those with leaky gut syndrome as well as bacteria clogged small intestines should try to adhere to low sulfur diets. However, most people should benefit from consuming a variety of nutritious foods that contain a lot of sulfur as part of a healthy balanced diet.
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