Sulfur is a naturally-occurring element that is found in its biologically active form (sulfonyl) in rain water and in many foods that have absorbedrain water– foods such as milk, fruits, vegetables, and even meat. In the form of MSM (short for methyl sulfonyl methane), it is the third most abundant mineral in your body, after calcium and phosphorous.
Bodily functions requiring sulfur to operate include:
Cell division: the reproduction process of human cells, in which one cell divides into two “daughter” cells.
Protein synthesis: the metabolic process that fuels most biological functions, from hair growth to digestion.
Cellular redox and detox: the process by which each human cell maintains its own health and rids itself of toxins.
Antioxidant and immunity defenses: when sulfur works with antioxidants to neutralize harmful metals, free radicals, and inflammatory chemicals.
Disulfide bonds: the process by which components such as glucosamine, collagen, skin, and nails hold tissues together.
When sulfonyl levels are low, cellular activity must continue regardless, but the cells cannot function well. The result is a lower quality of cell production. A few symptoms of low levels of sulfur are:
Higher levels of inflammation
Higher susceptibility to allergies
Physical and psychological stress
Organ and tissue malfunction
Susceptibility to disease
The biological need for sulfur is evident in every human cell. Sulfur compounds work with glucosamine, amino acids, hormones, antioxidants, and proteins that keep each cell running smoothly. Without sufficient levels of methylsulfonylmethane, cells would not be able to perform the most basic functions, such as cell reproduction or detoxification.