Weekend Wellness: Sulfer Rich Foods
I’ve been reading a bit on the benefits of sulfur. This isn’t a mineral which I had paid a lot of attention to in the past. However, now that I’m digging in to it a little deeper, I think it’s of the utmost importance to pass along what I’ve been reading! Here are a few good tips from several I’ve come across which I think are easily understood:
What foods even HAVE sulfur? *Note, these are sulfur rich foods..but some of them might not be the best for YOUR dietary needs:
While not all fruits have sulfur in them, there are a few: Bananas, tomatoes, watermelons, and coconuts
Many vegetables have sulfur or sulfur-containing nutrients in them. These vegetables include parsley, kale, bok choy, watercress, collard greens, mustard, Brussels sprouts, split peas, sweet potato, turnips, asparagus, avocados, and spinach.
Also high in the sulfur content are vegetables like shallots, garlic, onions, leeks, chives and other bulb vegetables. These veggies tend to be good sources of sulfur as well as having nutrients that can help with blood clots and cholesterol.
Many dairy products like cheese, milk, and sour cream contain sulfur * be cautious of dairy if you have a lactose intolerance or an allergy to dairy.
Most meats are great sources of sulfur. Beef, chicken, and fish in particular have high levels of sulfur. *Watch meats high in saturated fats.
Many legumes are sulfur providers as well. Lentils, dried beans, soy beans, and soybean products like tofu are great for sulfur.
Egg yolk contains a good helping of sulfur. Unfortunately, it also contains cholesterol; so while it’s not a bad thing in moderation, using eggs as a constant supply of sulfur might not be advised. If you are unsure, it’s best to check with your doctor (which is the case with any additional food or supplement one adds in )
Keep in mind this is just a very broad overview of foods with sulfur. As always, if you are worried about changing your diet, consult a physician before making any changes.
Now that you know what foods HAVE sulfur…why should you care?
First, sulfur is important for our body as its third most abundant mineral. Sulfur is found in every part of the body you can think of: muscle, bone, skin, you name it. The average human being has about 140 grams of the mineral at any given time. On that note, it’s important to have the required amounts of sulfur available when the body needs it.
1. Insulin Production
Sulfur is important for the creation of insulin in the human body. Insulin is the hormone that helps your body regulate its blood sugar levels. Less insulin to regulate blood sugar could lead to diabetes.
2. Arthritis Pain
Sulfur may also be very good to relieve joint and muscle pain. A form of sulfur found in many vegetables, methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), is used by many drug companies in their pain relief drugs. While there isn’t much scientific evidence to back this up, it stands to reason that many people use this form of sulfur and the vegetables it comes in for pain relief.
3. Skin & Hair Health
Sulfur may also be good for your skin and hair. Collagen and keratin — proteins that make up our hair, nails, and skin — rely on sulfur to maintain healthiness. Collagen is what keeps skin supple and elastic as well as helping with connective tissue. Sulfur helps in the creation of collagen. Sulfur is used in many skin and hair care products such as shampoos, skin creams, and face powders to control dandruff, acne, blemishes and so on.
4. Cardiovascular Health
Due to its antioxidant qualities, sulfur is thought to also help with heart disease prevention as it acts as a natural blood thinner and may help lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL or “bad”) cholesterol.
5. Balancing Copper Levels
Many of us have a slightly higher amount of copper than required. Sulfur may help balance the level of copper in our body as multiple studies have shown it interferes with the storage of this metal in livestock. Fewer studies have been conducted on human subjects, however.
6. Cancer Prevention
Consuming sulfur-rich cruciferous veggies may help reduce the risk of cancer, especially of lung, colon, stomach, ovaries, and prostate gland. According to the National Cancer Institute, glucosinates, the sulfur compounds present in cruciferous veggies such as cauliflower, cabbage, and broccoli are known to prevent the growth of cancer cells. They have the ability to inactivate carcinogens and have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Now that you know a little more about sulfur…enjoy the benefits you think this amazing mineral could benefit your health.
Primary source *Foods for Better Health February 17, 2017 article
Body Firm, LLC Nutritional and Lifestyle Coaching
Tammy Parkinson, CLC CNC
www.wholebodyiq.com Nutrition guru