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

Daily requirement

The high protein diet provides adequate sulphur. In general 800-900 mg/day.

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