Sulphur - an important mineral

Information on Deficiency, Benefits, Food Sources

The greater part of the sulphur present in the human body is contained in the two sulphur­containing amino acids, methionine and cysteine.

Sulphur is a pale yellow, non-metallic element. In the body sulphur is found only in combination with some other constituents of the body. It does not exist in a free state.

Sulphur from foods is absorbed as an organic compound and after metabolism, it is converted into sulphate and excreted in the urine.

Sulphur Benefits - Functions in the Body

Sulphur is essential for the synthesis of vitamin B1. It helps in the digestion of fats and controls the metabolism of carbohydrates. It is essential for healthy hair, skin, and nails. Along with B complex vitamins, it aids the liver in bile secretion.

It is believed that sulphur ejects some of the waste and poisonous matter from the system. It helps to keep the skin clear of blemishes and makes it glossy.

Sulphur creams and ointments have been remarkably successful in treating a variety of skin problems.

Sulphur Rich Food Sources

The main sulphur-containing foods are red gram, green gram, and leafy vegetables. A diet sufficient in protein is generally considered to be adequate in sulphur.

Sulphur Deficiency Symptoms

Deficiency of sulphur may interfere with the healthy growth of hair and nails.