Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Micro-minerals : Sulphur

Micro-minerals, like minerals, are organic elements present in the soil. Plants absorb them from their growth medium. We need even smaller amounts of each micro-mineral in our diet, but they are just as essential to maintain all nerve and muscle function, teeth, bones and body cells. Micro-minerals are insoluble in water and need to be bonded with a soluble compound before they can be properly utilised. That is why foods are the very best sources.

Functions of Sulphur:
  • Assists with wound healing
  • Builds connective tissue
  • Keeps skin, hair and nails healthy
  • Maintains liver and pancreas
Sources of Sulphur:
  • All foods containing amino acids, for example:
  • Eggs, meat, cheese
  • Rice, quinoa
  • Legumes and pulses
  • Whole grain products
Deficiency symptoms:
  • Weak nails
  • Dull hair
  • Poor skin
Supplements are usually unnecessary provided the diet includes plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Always check with your doctor before taking supplements of any kind. An excess of any vitamin, mineral or micro-mineral can have unpleasant side effects.


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