One of the nonmetallic elements found in every body cell is sulfur, often considered vital to maintain the body beautiful. Since its highest concentration is found in the hair, skin, and fingernails, it has gained a reputation for keeping skin clear and youthful, hair glossy, and fingernails strong. Many ointments and creams used for the treatment of skin problems, such as acne, contain sulfur. Bodybuilders who want to look their best onstage may want to investigate some of these products, which are sold in most health food stores.
Functions Sulfur helps the liver produce bile, a point of special interest to bodybuilders, since bile breaks down fat that causes a loss of definition. Personally, I found that sulfur made no difference, but not all constitutions are the same, so others may benefit from it. Because sulfur takes part in the metabolism of carbohydrates, it also serves a function in providing energy. Several amino acids contain sulfur, thereby closely relating it to protein synthesis.
Deficiencies and toxicity Deficiencies are rare because it is found in a wide range of foods. Organic forms of sulfur are rarely toxic, but synthetic forms taken in high doses can be dangerous.
Sources Some important sources include blackstrap molasses, brewer's yeast, cheddar cheese, eggs, lean meat, navy beans, nuts, poultry, salmon, sardines, wheat germ, and whole grains.
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