February 05, 2014

Sulphur

Sulphur (sulfur) is a pale yellow, odourless, brittle solid, which is insoluble in water but soluble in carbon disulphide. Sulphur is essential to life. It is a minor constituent of fats, body fluids, and skeletal minerals. 


Functions


The essential amino acid methionine is one of several sulphur-containing components of protein. These sulphur-containing amino acids are reused for the formation of body proteins needed for growth, tissue maintenance and enzyme production. 


Rich Sources

Protein rich foods like dairy, poultry, eggs, fish, kale, garlic, onions, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, horsetail and wheat germ are a source of sulphur


Recommended Daily Intake


There is no recommended dietary allowance for sulphur. Most people get all they need from their diet.


Deficiency 

Sulphur deficiency is rare because it is available in many food sources, and it is also synthesized in the body from the breakdown of proteins. Sulphur deficiency causes difficulty in synthesizing proteins. Sulphur deficiency usually only occurs when there is also a protein deficiency.


Symptoms 


Poor muscle mass and weakness.


Prone to Deficiency

  • Vegan


Overdose 


Over consumption of sulphur-containing amino acids (for example, methionine) will cause you many unwelcome problems most noticeably, sulfur stinks causing halitosis, body odour and noxious flatus. Methionine is metabolized into homo-cysteine  a risk factor for heart attacks, strokes, peripheral vascular disease, venous thrombosis, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and depression. Sulphur feeds cancerous tumors and is known to be toxic to the tissues of the intestine. Sulphur-containing amino acids are metabolized into sulphuric acid which is one of the most potent acids found in nature.


Sulfur Stinks Causing Halitosis



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