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Sulfur: not like other minerals

Published: August 14, 2015

Fish is a good source of sulfur
Fish is a good source of sulfur
Sulfur like other minerals is considered essential to your health and is an inorganic element. However, unlike other minerals sulfur is taken up by your body as a component of organic nutrient molecules.
These molecules include methionine (an essential amino acid), cysteine (a non-essential amino acid) and the vitamins thiamin, biotin and pantothenic acid.
During digestion sulfur remains part of these molecules. Within your body these sulfur containing compounds are used for various metabolic processes, but at some point they will be metabolised freeing sulfur for use in the synthesis of new organic compounds.
Some sulfur is excreted.
Your body contains approximately 175 g of sulfur which identifies sulfur as a major mineral.
Although sulfur is an essential nutrient, sulfite (a sulfur metabolite) is an allergen and people with sulfite sensitivity should avoid sulfur containing foods.
Link to the full article to learn more about sulfur, its recommended intake, potential deficiency and toxicity, food sources, metabolism, function, and sulfite allergy.

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Diet  Weight  Allergies  Food Choices  Minerals 

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