Are you aware that a sulfur deficiency causes a variety of health issues? In fact, sulfur is the eighth most common element by mass in the human body, is present in every cell, and health experts say that a deficiency of this key mineral is a very common problem.
How Sulfur Deficiency is Created
Bad farming practices have lead to depletion of our soils leaving our food supply, and most Americans, deficient in this key mineral and many other nutrients. In an article entitled “Could Sulfur Deficiency be a Contributing Factor in Obesity, Heart Disease, Alzheimer’s and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?” author Stephanie Seneff states…
“Modern farmers apply highly concentrated fertilizer to their soil, but this fertilizer is typically enriched in phosphates and often contains no sulfur. Excess phosphates interfere with sulfur absorption. In the past, organic matter and plant residues remained after the fruit and grain were harvested. Such accumulating organic matter used to be a major source of recyclable sulfur. However, many modern machinery-based methods remove a great deal more of the organic matter in addition to the edible portions of the plant. So the sulfur in the decaying organic matter is also lost.”
She also raises the question of the use of water softeners having a detrimental effect on our consumption of sulfur, and I might add other organic minerals. She states…
“It is estimated that humans obtain about 10% of their sulfur supply from drinking water. Remarkably, people who drink soft water have an increased risk to heart disease compared to people who drink hard water [Crawford 1967]. Many possible reasons have been suggested for why this might be true.”
This means that factory farmed animal products, along with our fruits and vegetables, are deficient too. If it’s not in the soil it won’t be in our food. So despite the adequate consumption of purported “sulfur rich foods”, unless one is eating food that was properly grown or raised in or on sulfur rich soil, most people are left deficient in this mineral. To make matters worse, any sulfur that is in these foods is then further destroyed during cooking and pasteurization processes. Many of us continue to exasperate the problem by further removing sulfur and other vital minerals through the use of water softeners.
Symptoms of Sulfur Deficiencies
- Skin problems like rashes, dermatitis & eczema
- Brittle nails and hair
- Hair loss and slow growth of hair
- Premature aging of skin
- Inability to digest foods and fats
- Poor growth of fingernails
- Joint issues like arthritis
- Skeletal & growth problems
- Varicose veins & poor circulation
- Fatigue and sluggishness
- Blood sugar problems
- Parasitical infestations
- and may be a contributing factor in obesity, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Some people mistakenly believe that they are “allergic” to sulfur however that is NOT POSSIBLE. What they’re really allergic to is the man-made, synthetic versions of sulfur, called “sulfa drugs” or an additive that was included within that drug. Many sulfur supplements are man-made sulfur compounds, synthetic versions of the real thing. They are not easily absorbed, which means the body has a hard time utilizing it and therefore the body receives no benefit from their use.
Sulfurs Many Benefits
Organic sulfur is a basic building block or element of the human body and is present in EVERY CELL and is highly beneficial for BONES, SKIN, JOINTS, MUSCLES . . . and almost any condition that you can think of.
Since ancient times sulfur has been highly regarded and known for its many benefits.
- It is highly beneficial in protecting the body against toxins and heavy metals embedded in the tissues and removing them.
- Sulfur is required for the production of collagen, which cannot be made without sulfur.
- May reduce pain in the body by slowing the nerve impulses that send pain signals to your brain.
- Helps create the connective tissue, including cartilage, tendons and ligaments; assisting in joint health
- Sulfur plays a role in many biological processes, one of which is metabolism.
- Sulfur is present in insulin, the essential hormone that promotes the utilization of sugar derived from carbohydrates for fuel in muscle and fat cells.
Supplementing With Young Living’s SULFURZYME
Made from a pure, easily absorbed form of organic sulfur, Sulfurzyme also contains MSM, and Ningxia wolfberry. There are times when supplements should be taken together to increase their effectiveness… taking Sulfurzyme with NingXia Red® is a perfect example. Ronald Lawrence, MD, PhD, an associate professor at UCLA and author of “The Miracle of MSM: The Natural Solution For Pain” states that
“Young Living has the best researched products I have seen in the alternative health industry. Their MSM formula is a mainstay in my medical practice.”
In this book Ronald Lawrence, MD, PhD, gives a regimen for replenishing this valuable element in the body by using Sulfurzyme. Gary Young calls this, “ramping”.
- Begin with the maintenance amount. (For Sulfurzyme capsules, that is 2 capsules 2-3 times daily.) Continue with this amount for 2-3 days.
- Add one additional capsule for the next 2-3 days
- Add one additional capsule for the next 2-3 days
- Continue adding one capsule every two to three days until either the condition goes away, or until you develop diarrhea. (If you develop diarrhea, drop back to the amount that was previously tolerated.)
- Continue at this amount until all symptoms are gone for at least a month
- Begin decreasing the amount of Sulfurzyme in the same pattern as when increasing (ONE capsule less every 2-3 days) until you reach the maintenance amount
- NOTE: If symptoms return, then increase the amount again as before.
Using Sulfurzyme for Detox Rashes
Some people have experienced rashes after using Young Living essential oils and believe that they are having an allergic reaction to the essential oil but this is not the case. It’s a detox reaction and generally due to one of two things…
1) Toxins embedded in the tissues! Anyone using personal care products containing synthetic ingredients such as deodorant, shampoos, conditioners, soaps, shower gels, facial cleansers, dishwashing and/or laundry detergents, cleaners, and yes, even cosmetics can experience rashes. Over time these synthetic ingredients become embedded in the tissues and when essential oils are introduced too quickly, or without first doing a cleanse, a may rash result from the toxins being pulled out of the body through the skin.
The easiest way to eliminate this issue is to eliminate the source of the problem… products that contain synthetic ingredients and then follow up with a cleanse to help rid the body of the build up of toxins already embedded.
2) Deficiency of sulfur! A deficiency of sulfur in the body is the other principal cause of rashes. Gary Young, founder of Young Living mentioned this important fact in a class at Convention… that most of us are deficient in this important chemical by the time we are around twenty years of age – and some are deficient even sooner. Remember, sulfur is also responsible for helping to detox the body so if one is deficient in this element the body isn’t able to detox as it should.
SOURCES OF SULFUR-RICH FOODS
With small changes to diet and behavior one might be able to increase their intake of sulfur-rich foods providing a way to help address these health issues and possibly prevent or reverse them. However, this may not be such an easy or inexpensive thing to accomplish as one would need to purchase sulfur-rich foods from sources that use free-range, natural, organic, bio-friendly practices as they are more likely to have soil that is rich in sulfur and other vital nutrients. Anyone purchasing organic foods is already aware of how much organic foods cost over regular foods.
Chicken, Turkey, Bison Buffalo Meat, Pork, Eggs, and organ meats- but only from organic, “free-range” animals.
Organic raw milk, raw goat milk, raw cheese, yogurt
Seafood (wild caught only)
Salmon, Seafood, Oysters, Halibut, Tuna, Lobster
Nuts and Seeds:
Flax seeds, sunflower seeds, and nut protein
Free-range organic eggs, garlic, onions, daikon radish, asparagus, cabbage, brussel sprouts, turnips, and leafy dark green vegetables like kale and broccoli
How Much Sulfur is Required
Unfortunately the American Food and Drug Administration has not yet assigned a minimum daily requirement (MDR) for sulfur , but your body uses up about 750 mg. of sulfur per day.
Keep in mind that the suggested dosage amounts listed on the bottles of Young Living supplements are meant for maintenance. If you are deficient and need to replenish a mineral or vitamin, you may want to increase the amount listed for maintenance until your body has reached a more balance state.
Since each of us is unique and respond differently the time period and dosage amounts to reach this balance will vary. For some it may take a short amount of time, and for others it may take longer. Be patient, listen to your body, and give it time to respond.
Based upon all this information, I think that it’s safe to say that unless one is very careful about the source of their food or are supplementing with a high quality organic source of sulfur most Americans are deficient in this highly prized mineral.