Sulphur is a pale yellow, non-metallic element. Sulphur from food is absorbed as an organic compound and often metabolism, it is converted into inorganic sulphate and excreted through the urine.
Functions of Sulphur
- The Sulphur in the body purify blood acid, healthy digestion and prevents toxic substances from body.
- It maintain hardness with some elasticity to hair and cartilage.
- It help to maintain blood reaction constant.
- It helps in carrying of oxygen and oxidative processes of the body hence it takes part in tissue oxidation as a constituent of thiamine and biotin.
Deficiency occur when inadequate intake of Sulphur may affect healthy growth of nails and hair.
Food sources of Sulphur are:
- Meat and poultry
- Fish and seafood
- Legumes (especially soy bean, black bean, kidney bean)
- Peanuts, walnuts, pumpkin seeds
- Green vegetables
The high protein diet provides adequate sulphur. In general 800-900 mg/day.