Sulfur is a mineral that is present in all cells, especially in cartilage and keratin of skin and hair. Food contain sulfur, and the need for this mineral is met when there is an adequate protein in our diet.
Sulfur is important for a healthy hair, skin and nails, it also helps maintain oxygen balance for proper brain function.
Other Function in the Body :
- Purify and tone system and promote bile secretion.
- Constituent of essential amino-acids.
- It is a mild laxative, thus preventing constipation.
- Helps treat rheumatism, gout and bronchitis.
- Use in the treatment of skin diseases.
Symptoms of Deficiency - Sluggishness and Fatigue.
Daily Requirements - 850 mg. / day
Food Sources :
- Garlic, onions, cabbage, cauliflower, legumes, asparagus, dried beans, nuts, chives, fish, eggs.
LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT GARLIC
Today, many countries often rely on garlic in the treatment of tuberculosis, bronchial disorders, lupus, pulmonary gangrene, and inflammation of the trachea. Garlic is widely known as "Russian penicillin",because Russian physicians have long used it for respiratory disorders, giving children with whooping cough garlic ingredients via inhalation. Russians have also used garlic preparations for flu, sore throats, and mouth sores.
Garlic is probably the most widely recognized medicinal herb. Much has been written on the healing effects of garlic and new studies are continually being published throughout the world. Garlic is one of the most researched plant medicines.
Daily use of garlic in the diet has been shown to have beneficial effects on the body, especially the blood system and the heart. Scientific data reveals that garlic reduces glucose metabolism in diabetics, slows the development of arteriosclerosis and lowers the risk of heart attacks. Without a doubt, garlic provides the body with protection against cardiovascular disease.
The Nutrition Committee of the American Heart Association publicly acknowledged garlic's potential in helping to reduce the risk of heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases.
Garlic may also help the body to protect itself from heavy-metal accumulation, which can result from eating fish that may be high in mercury, or whenever you are exposed to smog and heavy air pollution.
Aged garlic extract provides the nutritional composition and therapeutic effectiveness of garlic without producing the offensive smell and irritability to the stomach.
Garlic and its preparations, such as aged garlic extract, have been widely recognized as agents for prevention and treatment of:
- cardiovascular and other metabolic diseases
- atherosclerosis - hardening and/or thickening of the arteries, a process in which deposits of fatty substances, cholesterol, cellular waste products, calcium and other substances that build up in the inner lining of an artery
- hyperlipidemia - an elevation of lipids (fats) in the bloodstream
- thrombosis - formation of a blood clot within a deep vein
- hypertension - condition in which blood pressure is persistently elevated
- microbial infections
Additionally, research data have suggested that garlic decreases fatigue and improves memory.
Research indicates that garlic:
- Increases blood levels of antioxidant enzymes
- Acts as an effective antioxidant against the oxidative damage caused by nicotine
- Protects vascular cells from oxidant injury, protects blood vessels
- Prevents LDL cholesterol oxidation
- Lowers undesirable LDL-cholesterol and triglyceride levels
- Increases desirable HDL-cholesterol levels
- Minimizes or prevents elevations in blood lipids in humans after consumption of a high-fat / cholesterol meal
- Prevents and possibly has a curative role in arteriosclerosis therapy (plaque regression)
- Inhibits lipid peroxidation in the liver, retarding the aging process in liver cells
- Maintains health function of the liver
- Inhibits Candida albicans in animal studies and Cryptococcal meningitis in human trials
The take away message from all this is: eat your garlic, onions, broccoli etc.!