Are You Sulphur Deficient?

Are You Sulfur Deficient?

Did you know that Sulfur (Sulphur) is the 4th most abundant mineral in the human body? A form of sulfur we can use is methyl sulfonyl methane (MSM). Sulfur is present in the human body at about 140g, mainly in the proteins but there is some in all cells, tissues and joints. Much Sulfur (maybe half) is found in skin, hair and nails. Sulfur is also found in four amino acids, methionine, cystine, cysteine and taurine. Cystine and cysteine can both be made from methionine and taurine. Methionine (an essential amino acid) must be available from the food we eat as we cannot make it in our bodies. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, hence the need for a bioavailable (absorbable) form of Sulfur like MSM. There are lots of different types of proteins in the body, not only in muscles, some of the others are: transport proteins, enzymes, insulin and heparin, an anticoagulant. Taurine is found in bile acids, and the sulfur containing amino acids help form other necessary substances such as biotin, coenzyme A, lipoic acid and glutathione. Sulfur is needed to help the cells use oxygen in energy production, thus helping brain function and all cell activity and it is needed for the immune system because antibodies have several di-sulfide bonds.

Sulfur (in the form of MSM) is called the forgotten mineral by several prominent researchers, and Earl L. Mindell, R.Ph., Ph.D. says that organic sulfur or what we know as methyl sulfonyl methane (MSM) is the kind our bodies can use and absorb. He wrote the booklet “The MSM Miracle” in 1997 (I bought mine from Amazon) in which he states that the reason for writing it is to change its undervalued status by “turning the spotlight on sulfur.”

In the 1800’s Grandma’s “spring tonic” consisted of sulfur and molasses, our more mature readers will perhaps remember it, and younger ones can ask their older family members. It was highly valued to promote wellness and improve skin, hair and nails. MSM was not known then, but Sulfur was known as the “beauty mineral.” Sulfur is absorbed in the small intestine and is necessary for collagen production (connective tissues, muscles etc), it is a part of antibodies (immune system), bile production and cell energy production (cellular level, very basic).

MSM could be the modern version of this age old remedy!

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What are the benefits of ORGANIC SULFUR?

What are the benefits of ORGANIC SULFUR?

In addition to sulfur being associated with the reduction of inflammation and breaking down the plaque in arteries, sulfur is also good for:

-Reducing chronic pain

-Improving cellular uptake of many nutrients including vitamins A, B, C, D, E, amino acids, selenium, calcium, magnesium, coenzyme Q10

-Preventing cancer Reducing or eliminating muscle soreness and cramps

-Detoxification

-Alleviating symptoms of allergies

-Anti-parasitic action against Giardia, Trichomonas, roundworms, nematodes, Enterobius and other intestinal worms

-Improving lung function by allowing your body to more effectively take up oxygen

-Preventing neurological disease by repairing oxidative damage and restoring cell membrane elasticity and permeability

-Preventing and reducing symptoms of autoimmune diseases by fighting chronic inflammation

-Preventing diabetes by promoting healthy insulin function

-Increasing strength and endurance, and reducing stress

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How Does Inflammation Effect Your Health?

By Dr Mercola

Inflammation is always present in diseases such as obesity, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, periodontal disease, stroke, and heart disease. Chronic inflammation can greatly affect the function of the immune system and the brain.

Dr. Joseph Mercola states that the majority of diseases would not even exist without inflammation. What’s more, most inflammatory diseases originate in the gut, including diabetes.

The Link Between Diabetes, Obesity, and Your Gut Health

Obese people are more likely to acquire diabetes because their intestinal bacteria are compromised when compared to slim people. They are more susceptible because the pathogenic bacteria colonize the excess weight they carry.

Cytokines, which are molecules that promote inflammation, are released when harmful gut bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus (staph) and E. coli, stimulate the fat cells. Studies show that this interaction also triggers diabetes, which is one of the side effects of obesity.

Your Oral Health Can Affect Your Heart Health

The health of your mouth may determine the health of your heart. Research shows that there is a link between oral and cardiovascular health, and that the frequency of brushing your teeth has an important role when it comes to heart health. A study found that those who practice good oral hygiene have a lower risk of heart disease than those who brush their teeth once a day. Improving gum health also lowers the risk of contracting periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease triggers heart disease through toxic compounds that enter through the blood stream. Once it has reached the blood stream, it can damage the lining of the blood vessels, which may cause stroke and heart attacks.

That is why keeping your teeth and gums healthy is important for your overall health. Brushing your teeth regularly can eliminate the bacteria that cause inflammation and periodontal disease.

Diet Is a Crucial Factor to Reduce Inflammation

A better way to prevent heart disease and other diseases caused by inflammation is through a healthy diet. You can start by following Dr. Mercola’s Nutrition Plan. You can start with the beginner’s plan, and work your way to the advance phase.

Another way to reduce inflammation is to limit the consumption of the following foods:

  • Sugar/fructose and grains
  • Oxidized cholesterol
  • Foods cooked at high temperatures
  • Trans fats

Optimizing your vitamin D levels and increasing your intake of animal-based omega-3 fats such as krill oil will also benefit your gut health and immune function.

Grounding Can Help Beat Inflammation

Grounding or Earthing can also address inflammation because of its antioxidant effects. Grounding alleviates inflammation because it has blood thinning effect. By simply connecting to the earth, free electrons, which are considered among the most potent antioxidants, are being transferred to your body.

Increasing Your Intake of Probiotics Can Promote Gut Health and Eliminate Inflammation

Increasing your intake of good bacteria is another sure way of improving your gut health. Taking a high-quality probiotic supplement is advised, as well as consuming fermented foods such as:

  • Lassi (an Indian yogurt drink)
  • Kefir
  • Natto
  • Kimchi

Dr. Mercola says that changing your lifestyle is the key to fully address chronic inflammation and achieve optimal health.

 

http://www.drmercola.com/digestive-health/inflammation-affect-health/

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