(Health Secrets) Health gurus have long said that if you give your body what it needs, you will live a long and disease free life. This means making sure you are getting optimal levels of all nutrients, including sulfur. Why the attention to sulfur? It’s because sulfur intake is critical to good health, and we don’t get much of it from our diets due to modern farming methods not replacing it in the soils in which our food is grown, even if it’s organic.
What can sulfur do?
Let’s start with your eyes. A newly released study from France has shown that the lattice-like arrangement of collagen required for corneal transparency is controlled in part by sulfur. This means that sulfur is instrumental in keeping eyes free of cataracts for life. If you are thinking that every older person you know has cataracts, you are probably right. But it wasn’t that way before soils were stripped of sulfur. Back then, cataracts were almost unknown.
But there’s a lot more to sulfur. In healthy people it is present in every cell in the body right along with oxygen, and one of its functions is the transporting of oxygen into cells for use in the mitrochondria, the cellular furnace in which food is burned for energy. Sulfur also makes cell walls more permeable so that nutrients can get in and waste products can get out, the basic feature of a healthy cell. Think of sulfur as the housemaid of the cells, as it cleans out accumulated toxins and restores cellular equilibrium. Without sulfur cells cannot produce the energy needed for a person to thrive. If you are feeling tired and run down, you are probably very low on sulfur.
Through its relationship with oxygen, sulfur is highly instrumental in preventing and healing cancer. Dr. Otto Warburg, a 1931 Nobel Prize winner noted that, “Cancer, above all other diseases, has countless secondary causes. But, even for cancer, there is only one prime cause. Summarized in a few words, the prime cause of cancer is the replacement of the respiration of oxygen in normal body cells by a fermentation of sugar.” This means that cancer cells proliferate in an environment where the cells produce energy without oxygen and one of the byproducts is a build-up lactic acid. A mountain of research has shown that tumor cells use lactic acid for food with which to grow.
In fact sulfur, or the lack of it, plays a big part in many disease states. The Cellular Matrix Study has been underway for more than a decade, with the aim of evaluating the effects of sulfur on cell regeneration. From the beginning, this study has found that people experience tremendous results from supplementing their diets with organic sulfur. The study has documented significant lowering or elimination of the need for taking insulin and blood pressure medication, and osteoporosis has been reversed with sulfur.
Another benefit of having cells that are highly oxygenated is that viruses can’t get a foothold. This means you can also think of sulfur as nature’s flu shot.
Sulfur promotes flexibility in muscles and joints, and helps keep cartilage, blood vessels and skin in top shape. Without optimal levels of sulfur, ligaments and joints deteriorate, blood vessels lose their tone, and skin wrinkles and sags. It is the main ingredient in the best skin creams.
If you decide to supplement with organic sulfur, take some photos of yourself before you begin, and monthly thereafter. You will see a difference not only in your skin, but also in your hair and nails.
With optimal sulfur, recovery from exercise is swift, making it an athletes best friend.
Neuroplasticity is increased with sulfur through its relationship with oxygen. Memory, learning and mood improve when sulfur is at an optimal level. Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia that indicate brain shrinkage are not threats in the well oxygenated brain. Chronic headaches and migraines can be decreased by the improved oxygenation that results from better circulation.
Are you taking drugs? Health advocate Dr. David Jockers says the addition of sulfate groups to molecules in the liver is necessary to detoxify pharmaceutical drugs.
How to increase sulfur intake
Before the advent of factory farming, sulfur was easily available through diet alone. It was found in all plant and animal foods. Today, significant amounts of sulfur can be found in only the highest quality foods, including organic eggs, wild caught fish and grass-fed beef. The allium in garlic and cruciferous vegetables may also have significant amounts, depending on the soil in which they were produced. These include, onions, garlic, broccoli, kale and cabbage.
The most popular sulfur supplement is MSM, which is usually a version of sulfur that has been processed as capsules or loose powder. But this is not recommended due to the fact that much of its potency is compromised during the processing.
The best supplemental sulfur is organic sulfur crystals or liquid ionic sulfur. The later has the advantage of being tasteless and easily absorbed so only a small amount is needed. Both are easily found online.
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