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Health Benefits of Sulfur (and Why You’re Probably Deficient)


Robyn Openshaw, MSW - Jan 25, 2019 - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links


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What do Iceland, Italy, Finland, and Greece have in common?

Just some of the lowest rates of obesity, heart disease, depression, inflammatory diseases, and autoimmune diseases in the entire world.¹ Not to mention, some of the oldest and healthiest  people on the planet.

But what happens when you take those Icelanders, Italians, Finlandians, and Grecians and transplant them to the United States or Canada? Those health benefits — even if the same diet is maintained — begin to disappear.

Why? In part, because countries like Italy, Greece, Finland, and Iceland are extremely rich in sulfur, the so-called “miracle mineral.”

And while it’s true that most people in the United States are severely deficient in sulfur,² you don’t need to pack your bags for Europe quite yet. You can fix the problem without going anywhere.

Keep reading to learn more about the incredible health benefits of sulfur, symptoms of sulfur deficiency, foods that are high in sulfur, and whether or not you should supplement with organic sulfur, or MSM (methylsulfonylmethane).

In this article:

What Is Sulfur, and Why Is It Important?

Sulfur is an essential mineral that our bodies require to function properly.

Photograph of a man and woman in exercise gear running on the beach, from "Health Benefits of Sulfur, and Why You're Probably Deficient" at Green Smoothie Girl.

The health benefits of sulfur are key to making sure your body’s systems run smoothly

But before you wrinkle your nose as you imagine a yellowish, foul-smelling substance, you should know that there are two main types of sulfur:

Sulfur oxide is that stereotypical, smelly, yellowish chemical element that belches out of volcanoes and is often used in manufacturing as sulfur oxide to refine petroleum. Not only can your body not use it, but it’s toxic and even fatal in high doses.

Organic sulfur, on the other hand, is white in color, completely odorless, and completely non-toxic. This naturally-occurring sulfur compound is used by all living things to transfer oxygen from the air you breathe and the water you drink, into your cells. It’s also critical to making glutathione, an antioxidant our bodies make to protect us from free radicals. The technical name for this organic compound is methylsulfonylmethane or MSM for short.

So, where does organic sulfur or MSM come from? The short answer is, the foods we eat (like broccoli, arugula, and garlic). The human body can’t produce sulfur on its own, so our cellular health depends on consuming enough organic sulfur each day.

Unfortunately, the longer answer is that crops in the US (and many countries abroad) have been sulfur deficient since 1954, thanks to mandated use of chemical pesticides in agriculture, in the United States. Pesticides, fertilizers, and massive crop yields strip the soil of minerals and make it more difficult for plants to draw sulfur out of the ground.

Since the chemical fertilizer boom in 1954, disease rates in the United States have risen by about 4,000%. Finland, on the other hand, outlawed chemical pesticides and fertilizers in 1985 — and saw its disease rates drop by 90%

Photograph of rows of cabbage plants, from "Health Benefits of Sulfur, and Why You're Probably Deficient" at Green Smoothie Girl.

The ground our food grows in has to be well-balanced and pesticide-free for us to enjoy the health benefits of sulfur

Uses and Health Benefits of Organic Sulfur (MSM)

The health benefits of organic sulfur/MSM are inextricably linked with the health benefits of getting enough oxygen. Not air, mind you. Oxygen.

You might be breathing air just fine, but whether or not the 20% oxygen in that air (or the 90% oxygen in water, for that matter) makes its way to your cells is a totally separate matter.

Organic sulfur grabs up oxygen from water and air, then ports it across your cell membranes so it can be used to produce energy and flush toxins. Unlike other vital minerals, your body can’t store organic sulfur. But guess what can? Plants (unless, of course, those plants have been treated with fertilizers and chemicals, more on that below).

Our bodies use sulfur to produce glutathione, a powerful antioxidant that scavenges for free radicals (e.g.,dangerous chemicals we breathe, eat, or absorb) that pose a threat to our cellular health and can cause cancer and disease.

Unsurprisingly, ongoing studies³ show that organic sulfur has a wide variety of uses and health benefits:

Healing Scar Tissue, Stretch Marks, and Fibroids

Organic sulfur helps heal old scar tissue, stretch marks, and fibroids for the same reason it drastically improves the health of your skin. Oxygenated cells are better able to repair damage to cells and multiply and regenerate with healthy cells.

Slowed Aging and Wrinkling

Sulfur is sometimes referred to as “the beauty mineral.” And when you consider that the skin or epidermis is actually an organ made up of millions of cells, that makes sense. Skin cells that don’t get enough oxygen are dull, susceptible to damage, and lose their elasticity. Change that dynamic by infusing your skin cells with oxygen, and the result is beautiful, healthy, supple skin–with fewer wrinkles!

Cancer

Unlike healthy cells, cancer cells don’t need oxygen to function properly. Infusing healthy cells with oxygen can mobilize a more effective immune response while slowing tumor growth and even killing cancer cells. Studies have documented that organic sulfur can fight cancer (including breast cancer,4 bladder cancer,5 and liver cancer6) by reducing tumor size — without the side effects of chemotherapy. Organic sulfur has also been documented to help the body scavenge for free radicals and lower oxidative stress7 through better glutathione production.

Acne, Rosacea, Psoriasis, and Liver Spots

Cells that are infused with oxygen are healthy cells. The inflammation and accumulation of waste, toxins, and damaged cells that create skin conditions like acne, rosacea, psoriasis, and liver spots can be significantly improved with organic sulfur.8

Photograph of a young woman examining the acne on her face, from "Health Benefits of Sulfur, and Why You're Probably Deficient" at Green Smoothie Girl

The health benefits of sulfur include an improved complexion.

Heart Health

An ongoing, large-scale study of organic sulfur3 showed that sulfur can have incredible benefits for cardiovascular health. The study documented that 54 patients with scheduled open-heart surgery canceled those procedures when their EKGs displayed healthy results after only 6 weeks. How? Organic sulfur helps blood cells repair and regenerate, breaks down plaque deposits, and eliminates scar tissue.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome, GERD, and Leaky Gut Syndrome

Organic sulfur can help with a number of digestive problems.9 Sulphur helps the cells in the gut lining regenerate quickly, which puts a stop to food particles “leaking” out into the bloodstream, triggering an immune response and inflammation. Sulphur also reduces inflammation and swelling in the intestines, esophagus, soothing GERD and IBS. While there aren’t yet any studies to document sulfur’s benefits for Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, there’s a great deal of anecdotal evidence!

Hemorrhoids

Organic sulphur has been clinically proven to significantly improve pain, bleeding, and swelling from hemorrhoids,10 especially when taken with tea tree oil.

Alzheimer’s Disease

Sulphur shows incredible promise for treating Alzheimer’s disease, in part because it blocks the absorption of aluminum. Dr. Ronald Roth has shown11 that patients with early Alzheimer’s disease are very deficient in sulfur, while patients with later stages of the disease are almost completely deficient. One recent report11 reads: “While some drugs or antibiotics may slow, or if it should happen halt the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, sulfur supplementation has the potential of not only preventing, but actually reversing the condition, provided it has not progressed to a stage where much damage has been done to the brain.”

Arthritis and Osteoarthritis

Clinical trials show a great deal of promise for inflammatory joint disorders. One 12-week trial12 showed that, compared with placebo, organic sulfur was effective in bringing down pain and swelling, while improving range of motion. Organic sulfur helps cells get back to functioning normal–which means more collagen, less inflammation, and less painful fluid buildup.

Hair Loss, Depigmentation, and Breakage

Organic sulfur is one of the best ways to make your hair stronger, thicker, shinier, and vibrant in color (you may be able to say goodbye to gray hair!). And if you suffer from alopecia or hair loss, sulfur can be the key to reversing the condition. Sulfur helps struggling, unhealthy cells start producing keratin, collagen, and pigment again–three things that are absolutely vital to healthy hair.

Close-up photograph of gray hair, from "Health Benefits of Sulfur, and Why You're Probably Deficient" at Green Smoothie Girl

A healthy amount of sulfur in your body can preserve your hair’s pigment as you age.

Oral Health

Organic sulfur can make a big difference in your oral health. By taking an organic sulfur supplement, and adding sulfur to your toothpaste or powder, you can cut down on the buildup of plaque and prevent gingivitis, halitosis, and oral cancers as cells in the mouth regenerate and flush out toxins.

Respiratory Disorders

Respiratory disorders like asthma and allergies happen when the airways become constricted and inflamed. Organic sulfur helps lower that inflammation, reduces fluid retention, and lowers swelling in the airways and lungs.

Metabolic Disorders, Obesity, Diabetes, Hyperglycemia, and Insulin Resistance

Cells that have access to enough oxygen are cells that can make the right amount of insulin. Studies show that organic sulfur improves metabolic disorders leading to obesity13 by regulating insulin production, as well as helping cells break down and use sugar and carbohydrates more effectively.

Osteoporosis

Bone loss and brittleness is one of the leading causes of breaks, fractures, and tissue loss–especially in aging women. Organic sulfur helps cells in the blood, bone, and marrow produce and regenerate healthy tissue,14 to avoid bone fragility.

Endometriosis

While organic sulfur has not been officially studied in relation to endometriosis, the anecdotal evidence is strong. Organic sulfur can help women who suffer from endometriosis (scar tissue and inflammation that builds up in the uterus) by lowering inflammation, speeding up production of healthy cells, and flushing out toxins and dead cells.

Muscle Spasms and Pain

Because organic sulfur lowers oxidative stress, it can help muscles recover from injury and stress more quickly.15 Studies show that a mere 10 days of supplementing with organic sulfur16 can make a big difference in muscle repair and pain management.

Mood Disorders

Organic sulfur is incredibly beneficial for mood disorders like depression, PMS, ADHD, ADD, and seasonal affective disorder. Sulphur helps stabilize mood by improving gut health (where the majority of serotonin and dopamine are produced!17) and by helping the body produce glutathione18 (a powerful antioxidant that’s critical to mental stability) more readily. One ongoing study of organic sulfur3 showed that many participants were able to stop taking Ritalin or antidepressants within days of supplementing with organic sulfur.

Hepatitis and Liver Problems

As the only organ in the body capable of fully regenerating itself, the liver can be completely transformed with organic sulfur. As healthy, oxygenated cells regenerate and replace damaged cells, while lowering oxidative stress, the liver can begin functioning properly again.

Glaucoma

An ongoing, large-scale study of organic sulfur3 is showing promise for glaucoma sufferers, by reducing the swelling and pressure on the inner eye as well as helping the eye drain properly. While many medications and drops make it difficult for patients to read or drive, organic sulfur has none of these side effects.

Symptoms of Sulfur Deficiency

After calcium and phosphorus, sulfur is meant to be the most plentiful mineral in the human body, supporting cellular health at every level. However, because of chemical pesticides and fertilizers that break the sulfur cycle in plants, studies show that the majority of us are sulfur deficient.2

A sulfur deficiency can show up as any of the following symptoms:

  • General unwellness, fatigue, and depressed mood as the cells in your vital organs struggle to get enough oxygen.
  • Unhealthy hair (dry, dull or brittle hair, graying hair, or hair loss)
  • Skin problems like acne or rosacea
  • Premature signs of aging like wrinkles and sagging
  • A wide array of diseases and disorders including liver disease, cancer, endometriosis, Alzheimer’s disease, obesity, heart disease, and autoimmune disorders.

Thankfully, sulfur is not only one of the most important deficiencies you can address — it’s also the easiest.

Fresh apricots in a bowl, one apricot just halved, on natural linen cloth and white background, from "Health Benefits of Sulfur, and Why You're Probably Deficient" at Green Smoothie Girl.

Apricots are one of the foods that give you a boost of organic sulfur.

Foods With High Sulfur Content

Here’s the thing: Sulfur is supposed to be present in many of the foods we eat. Plants use this crucial mineral to make chlorophyll and for photosynthesis.

Unfortunately, unless the sulfur-rich fruits, nuts, and vegetables you eat are 100% organic and unprocessed, you’re very likely deficient in sulfur–thanks to pesticides, fertilizers, depleted soil, and heavy processing.

The following organic fruits, nuts, and vegetables are high in sulfur:

  • Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, asparagus, cabbage, cauliflower, turnips, bok choy, Brussels Sprouts, kohlrabi, and sprouts
  • Allium vegetables including garlic, leeks, onions, chives
  • Leafy green vegetables like spinach, arugula, and kale
  • Mushrooms
  • Nuts, including walnuts, almonds, peanuts, and brazil nuts
  • Apricots and peaches

While it’s true that meat, eggs, seafood, and poultry do contain high levels of sulfur, many people (including myself) choose to avoid animal products because of their high levels of endocrine disruptors (like dioxins), that wreak havoc on your hormone levels and organs (among other reasons to eat 98%+ plant-based).

So, if you can’t eat 100% organic (either because of financial constraints or availability), how can you get enough organic sulfur in your diet? Let’s talk supplementation.

Should You Supplement with Organic Sulfur?

There’s really no way around it: Most of us should be supplementing with organic sulfur. Even if you eat a 100% organic, primarily raw vegan diet, there’s no guarantee regarding how much sulfur you’re actually getting, as a result of mass-farming practices that deplete the soil.

But taking a sulfur supplement isn’t as simple as driving to your nearest health foods store and snagging a bottle of “organic sulfur” or “organic MSM.”

What Kind of MSM Supplement Is Best?

Choose crystallized MSM (not powdered or tableted pills) for the purest supplement. And just as importantly, make sure it doesn’t contain toxic additives, like anti-caking agents added (they make it more difficult for your body to absorb the sulfur). Look for assurance of “100% natural” and “no fillers.”

Photograph of organic sulfur crystals with a wooden mortar and pestle, from "Health Benefits of Sulfur, and Why You're Probably Deficient" at Green Smoothie Girl.

Organic sulfur crystals can be a welcome addition to your supplement routine

How Much Organic Sulfur Should I Take?

Like many supplements, the FDA hasn’t established a dietary recommendation for sulfur. Remember, organic sulfur is nontoxic and won’t harm you. Your dosage will depend a lot on your health. Cancer protocols using sulfur as a treatment19 call for a much higher dose, while most naturopaths and functional medicine providers recommend about 3-6 grams per day, split up into 2 or 3 doses.

Is Organic Sulfur Nontoxic?

While the recommended dose is typically about 3-6 grams per day (unless part of a cancer protocol, where the dosage may be doubled), the FDA hasn’t established an upper limit for organic sulfur. While dosage amounts higher than this aren’t necessary and do not show an increase in health benefits, initial studies show that even extremely high levels of 200 grams per day are not toxic for mice or humans.3

How Do I Take Organic Sulfur?

Most people dissolve organic sulfur in a glass of water or juice, and drink it two or three times per day. The crystals can be difficult to dissolve, so you may want to heat your water first!

What Does Organic Sulfur Taste Like?

The answer to this question depends on your taste buds! Organic sulfur is highly alkaline–meaning is can have a bitter taste. Whether or not MSM tastes bitter to you, will depend on your taste receptors/how strongly you perceive bitter substances. For some people, MSM is completely tasteless. For others, MSM tastes very bitter and can be difficult to swallow!

I swallow bitters every day before a meal, because it stimulates healthy bile production (super important for liver health, and your liver is central to your overall health), so you can kill two birds with one stone by drinking your MSM in water 15-30 minutes before each meal.

How Can I Mask the Bitter Taste of Organic Sulfur?

If MSM tastes bitter to you, don’t despair. You can try mixing in a little stevia or organic juice to mask the bitter taste with something sweet. Or, alternately, you can purchase empty, vegan capsules to fill with MSM yourself. A more convenient option is to find the crystals already prefilled in capsules.

Can Other Supplements Improve the Effectiveness of MSM?

Essential fatty acids like Omega 3, in sprouted bioavailable form, can help your body use and absorb sulfur more readily. Taking a complete, organic mineral supplement can likewise help your cells make the most use of this vital mineral.

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Conclusions about Organic Sulfur (MSM)

If (like most people!) you’ve always associated sulfur with a stinky, toxic yellow gas that’s better off avoided, it’s time to change that association! Colorless, odorless organic sulfur (MSM) is not only completely non-toxic, but it’s vital to your health and wellbeing.

This “miracle mineral” draws oxygen out of the air and water you consume, transporting it across the cell membranes in your skin, bloodstream, and organs to flush out waste and toxins, improve cell function, scavenge for free radicals, and repair damage. The result is beautiful skin and hair, healthier vital organs, and reduced inflammation.

Because of soil depletion and mass use of chemical pesticides, most of us don’t get nearly enough organic sulfur from the plants we eat. By supplementing with MSM, you can enjoy all the health benefits of organic sulfur, ranging from improved acne to avoiding Alzheimer’s.

Read next: What Does Organic Mean? Should I Pay More for It or Not?

Robyn Openshaw, the Green Smoothie Girl

 

Robyn Openshaw, MSW, is the bestselling author of The Green Smoothies Diet, 12 Steps to Whole Foods, and 2017’s #1 Amazon Bestseller and USA Today Bestseller, Vibe. Learn more about how to make the journey painless, from the nutrient-scarce Standard American Diet, to a whole-foods diet, in her free video masterclass 12 Steps to Whole Foods.

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30 thoughts on “Health Benefits of Sulfur (and Why You’re Probably Deficient)”

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  1. Leslie says:

    Where can I purchase this crystallized sulphuric?

    1. Shannon says:

      I use the Organic Sulfur OS. They have a website with good tips such as making sure the water you mix it in has no chlorine.

    2. Penny says:

      From Patrick McGean, call 801-290-2013. I have taken 1 teaspoon, 2 – 3 times a day for 6 years, and have many of these health benefits . . . . (I am a customer and not affiliated with them in any way)

    3. lookingup says:

      I would like to know what brands she recommends also.

    4. GSG Support says:

      Hi Leslie, you can get it from Amazon using these links.
      https://amzn.to/2EyqwMo for the crystals, and https://amzn.to/2GQHvgd for the capsules. Hope this helps.

    5. Rose Butler GSG says:

      Hi Leslie, here is a link to the brand Robyn recommends. https://amzn.to/2EyqwMo

  2. Jo says:

    What about "drunken" raisins? There is sulfur in organic raisins, right? My Gma SWEARS by this old time remedy and I have started on this routine also. I think it does help with joint pain.

  3. Susan Sayre says:

    Thank you Robyn!

  4. Susan Townsend says:

    what brand do you recommend ?

    1. GSG Support says:

      Hi Susan, you can get it from Amazon using these links.
      https://amzn.to/2EyqwMo for the crystals, and https://amzn.to/2GQHvgd for the capsules. Hope this helps.

  5. Shay Thewes OD says:

    I think you need to research the glaucoma information better. First, most glaucoma patients do not have any symptoms, only if pressure is very high which happens in angle closure glaucoma. The article you linked to states that MSM induced (caused) angle closure glaucoma. People believe what you say, so please get your facts correct, all of them. After this, I’m not sure I can believe what you say.

    1. Nikki Hunter, GSG Editor says:

      Hi Dr. Thewes, thanks for your comment and sharp "eye" for the linked article not being the correct one for the glaucoma section. We have updated to the correct link.

  6. Kimberly Vanaelst says:

    I used to put sulfer in my water that I purchased from a Nutritional coach, but do not know where to buy it now. Where can I find this powder?

    1. GSG Support says:

      Hi Kimberly, Robyn recommends the MS PURE Brand.
      https://amzn.to/2EyqwMo for the crystals, and https://amzn.to/2GQHvgd for the capsules. Hope this helps.

  7. Bonno Ray says:

    Yo green smoothie girl,

    Great article, but only one comment, the best book on MSM is It’s your liver stupid…..you gotta read it! Anyhow it changed my life. I take daily 2 tablespoons of MSM, it’s called the HL MSM protocol. …high level MSM…one can take up to half a cup every day. I found out it’s best to do it on an empty stomach, keep as long as possible in the mouth with a little water for max effect. And wait half an hour to take other supplements and MSM takes it. Together with DMSO also sulphur, as MSM is made from DMSO…or the other way around, am at work. . DMSO is the best medicine to everything…MSM cleans also heavy metals and does DMSO, great article by the way

  8. Charlotte Starec says:

    How can farms get government grants to get the necessary vitamins and minerals to add to their soil to improve the health benefits of the crops they produce?

  9. Tricia says:

    Doesn’t Pellagrino water have sulfur in it?

    1. Rose Butler GSG says:

      Hi Tricia, San Pellegrino Mineral Water has sulfate in it. It’s not the same chemical structure as sulfur. Sulfur is inert and has all the benefits Robyn mentions in the blog.

  10. Stephanie C. says:

    I was wondering if the sulphur capsules are safe to take when pregnant? Thank you!

    1. Rose Butler GSG says:

      Hi Stephanie, sulfur products are general recognized as safe by dermatologists during pregnancy especially in topical preparations (like for acne). However, for oral preparations, I would refer you back to your practitioner for a final recommendation.

  11. Julie says:

    Thanks so much for this article. I had such bad skin reactions and tried everything. I do mean everything but the only thing that cured me was msm lotion. It was amazing. What had been bothering me for three years was almost non existent after a few days of using msm. Not sure what I had but must have been related to not enough sulfur.

  12. Nina Stark says:

    im going start taking MSM again…thx for this wonderful post!

  13. Dennis S. Janes says:

    Did I miss something? The main page is printable but the article is not.

  14. Toni says:

    I prefer not to shop on Amazon for anything. Sorry that many health supporters get a portion of profits when we link through their websites, but I just bring myself to support the owner of Amazon due to the things that he, in turn, supports. I know I’m just 1 little person, but if every 1 little person would do the same, we might make an impact. Gotta start somewhere!

    1. Rose Butler GSG says:

      Hi Toni, I too like to shop "small" as well whenever possible. Get what you can locally, we get it!! Thanks for sharing.

  15. Shirley says:

    If you are allergic to sulfur in medication would you be allergic to this sulfur?

    1. Rose Butler GSG says:

      Hi Shirley, sulfur and sulfa are structurally different. Most people who are allergic to sulfa containing medications are not allergic to sulfur. Hope this helps.

  16. MARYAM PASHMFOROOSH says:

    Hello,

    Thank you SO much for your very helpful article. Ive been given my dog in her freshly cooked meal all the cruciferous vegetables you mentioned and I used to live in LA and as much as I would like to say buying organic in Trader Joes or Whole Foods exists, I mean really as you mentioned we know it completely doesn’t any longer. As many organic farmers will tell you that when they’ve taken over a farm that was previously pesticide contaminted farm, the organic farmer is 100% honest what you might be getting is about 30, hopefully 50% organic, but that pretty much 99% of CA produce and food that states it’s organic, isn’t actually 100%. Many farmers say that when they want to be honest and put on the label the exact percenetage they’ve magnified, the FDA and all the USDA etc guidelines are lower than the organic farmers standards so that if your product is at minimum i forget like at least 50% organic, then they will certify is at organic which many org farmers say is completely misleading because then a consumer automatically assumes such as I did for many years spending money on organic that in fact it is 100
    % organic and I can trust buying it. So please may you tell me your suggestion? I don’t have time to go the farmers market at all the different spots as most people don’t have time so yes I just gave up on buying her organic and go to the local persian kosher and halal market/butcher that to me has always had the best most fresh to buy my dog’s items to cook with as well as for myself. But i know there is no more such a thing as organic anything in CALI, those days are gone. I recently moved to the south of France, Cannes and even here where I thought 100% there is zero pesticide agriculture in France and heavily had researched (or so i thought), to make sure there are zero GMO’s or Monsato, but sad reality perhaps not monsato here, but definitely practice of pesticides. But of course when I have time to make it to the daily farmers market, I do feel peppier happier than when i don’t have time and go the many commercial grocerty stores that have now opened up everywhere sadly even in the south of france. So I have realized no such safe place except perhaps as many of my friends have mentioned travelling to italy that italy’s food, everything taste 10 times better. And of course Finland and Greece etc. you mentioned above. So my question is where do i buy and trust to buy a reliable source of organic crystal sulfur. Also so i’m persian and i eat a lot garlic and as of late, i completely haven’t and i’ll be honest been super fatiqued and tired and been dealing w/ some health issues and at 43 my body was given out and having 1 week out of the whole month break from my period symptoms etc and recently discovered fibroids in my uterus. So for examples hadn’t been eating garlic for about a month, then bought like indian garlic naann heavily laced with fresh raw garlic and as soon as I started to eat it, my breath and pardon the tmi (flatulence) smells like sulfur egg which freaked me out because my apartment has no gas components in france (stove is electric) besides my wall water heaters that go on and off and i’m not sure if they’re fueled by water or electricity, i have zero ac or heating hvac componetns or wall heat/ac componetns and i’m freaking out about this egg smell that since i’ve been eating the garlic naan brad only seems to bring about the egg smell after i’ve eaten it. So are sulfur crystals and all foods you mentioned full of good sulfur naturally cause a side effect of egg smell? i’m sorry for my spellings or run on sentences, and also one other thing being on my period at the moment and eating garlic naan could that have something to do w/ egg smell in my breath?? and i’ve also been hacing potatoes w/ turmeric and cayenne and grains and lentils. i’m just trying to figure out because i’m a bit freaked out w/ my recent fibroid news if there’s something in my apartment like in the plumbing causing sewer gases as i hadn’t smelled this sulfur smell before or if it’s spefici to the garlic. Anyways, I truly do hope you’ll answer and again i’m beyond grateful for your article and already made a list to start buying. oh and lastly i was told mushrooms are a moldy food that take away oxygen and as well as peanuts and that almonds have too much arsenic, may you elbaorate because i love all those nuts and foods so i’m just spinning at times with all the conflicting articles out there. especially because many articles said to eat eggs and any foods filled w/ as much vitamin D which most firbroid growth women deeply lack.? Thank you again! Maryam Pashmforoosh sending you love all the way from CAnnes, France.

    1. Rose Butler GSG says:

      Hi Maryam, thank you for reaching out to us. I went to Cannes France when I was 21 and I loved it. It was gorgeous! You are so lucky to be there. I know France may not be perfect (not sure if there are too many untouched perfect places in this world anymore) but they are on the news quite often about being proactive to help their citizens stay healthy. Things like banning the use of Monsanto’s glyphosate, banning the use of certain EMF producing devices in schools etc. I commend them for that. As far as an organic sulfur compound, Robyn recommends this brand in capsules https://amzn.to/2GQHvgd and powder https://amzn.to/2EyqwMo. As far as the egg smell on your breath…are you eating a ketogenic diet? Doesn’t sound like you are but sometimes this may cause fowl breath. Garlic itself as well as cabbage, broccoli and asparagus can also product smelly gas. Try a good quality probiotic and digestive enzymes. Also, make sure you are consuming lots of water and lots of green leafy veggies to help digest any animal products you may be consuming. If you have further concerns, you can consult a functional medicine doctor if they have one near you for guidance. Best of luck for optimal health!

  17. Heather says:

    I have been taking organic sulfur for several years and I have noticed a huge difference in the health of my hair. I do not shed as much hair and my hair is stronger so therefore has less breakage. I buy it through a company in British Columbia.

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