Sulfur—an essential, but overlooked fundamental of health

SulfurThere is one tiny mineral we may be lacking.

Do we know how essential it is?:

Stephanie Seneff, a senior research scientist at Massachussetts Institute of Technology (MIT), says that the role of the mineral, sulfur, is consistently overlooked by those we depend upon to address nutritional deficiencies.

This essential nutrient, along with many others, is gone or nearly gone from Western and other soils, which have given over to mega, monoculture farms, says Senoff—and many other fundamental natural nutritionists.

Yet sulfur is an “essential element for all life,” according to Dr. Mark Sircus. “Sulfur is an important part of many enzymes and antioxidant molecules like glutathione.”

Glutathione is a ‘sulfur’ enzyme, and one of the most important antioxidants in the body. It is the place where sulfur and selenium meet up to protect us from cancer, says Seneff.

Sulfur deficiency has been linked to stomach, colon, esaphogus, pancreas and breast cancer.

Sulfur bonds are required for proteins to maintain shape, and those bonds determine the biological activity of proteins. Without sufficient amounts of sulfur in the body, enzymes cannot function properly—and this deficiency can cascade into numerous health problems.

Sulfur is also essential for the metabolism of carbohydrates and all metabolic processes.

Sulfur enables the transport of oxygen across cell membranes and is essential for all cells. Sulfur forms sulfate compounds with other essential minerals, such as sodium, potassium, magnesium and selenium, and eliminates heavy metals and regenerates, repairs and rebuilds all the cells in the body.

Our grandparents, before the days of  chemical pesticides and gene-altering GMOs, consumed those minerals, as they farmed and ranched according to nature. But today the natural cycle of life and death has been drastically suppressed and altered.

Dr. Seneff says sulfur deficiency may even be at the root of obesity, because of the essential physiological roles sulfur plays throughout the body. If metabolic processes are clogged up, toxins and fats cannot be eliminated properly—and accumulate in the body.

There is a huge link between healthful sulfur levels and the super-sulfur garlic ‘allium’ family, which includes onions, leeks, scallions and chives. Lesser amounts of food sulfur are also obtained from (unadulterated) meat, fish, eggs, dark, leafy greens and nuts.

The National Cancer Institute, based on large-scale epidemiology studies, says that those who consumed the most ‘garlic family’ and other sulfur foods had a 50 percent less risk of various cancers. A U.S. study of 41,000 women, and a similar study in France concluded that garlic/onion-eaters had 35 percent less risk of breast and/or colon cancer than those who avoided the stinky veggies.

We would do well to learn from history. Hundreds of years B.C., Egyptians recognized the health benefits of garlic, even though they knew nothing about its sulfur content. Garlic (and its secret weapon, sulfur) was the medical foundation of treatment for many diseases.

If you cannot handle the potent allium family, check on organic sulfur supplements and compounds.

Sources: http://drsircus.com, www.westonaprice.org

 

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