Sulfur: properties, benefits, curiosities

Lo sulfur is an indispensable chemical element in the construction of connective tissue. Important for hair growth, it is useful for the well-being of the skin and for give strength to the organism. Let's find out better.

> What is sulfur

> Properties and benefits

>  Daily requirement of sulfur

> Sulfur in food

> Excess or deficiency of sulfur

> Curiosity and history


What is sulfur

Sulfur, from Sanskrit, sulvere, in Latin is sulfur, is an element which, in the periodic table, has the symbol S and atomic number 16; its best known and most common form is the crystalline one with an intense yellow color.

It is a mineral present in the form of sulphides and sulfates in many other minerals, and is often found pure, in its native state, in regions with active volcanoes and hot springs. It is an essential element for all living things.


Properties and benefits 

Sulfur is an essential component of the human organism and for all living beings, where it is present in two amino acids, cysteine ​​and methionine, and consequently in many proteins, some vitamins such as biotin and thiamine, coenzymes, insulin, glutathione, one of the most powerful and important of the antioxidants produced by the body.

Sulfur is an essential element for the construction of connective tissue, essential for the formation of cartilage, hair, hair and nails, and forms part of the bile acids.

In oligotherapy it is used together with other minerals to remedy those drops in concentration and mental tone that can compromise the academic achievement of the youngest and the self-esteem of children but also favor depression in adults.

Referred to as the "anti-allergic salt", it is used to prevent and treat allergic syndromes in childhood and old age.


Daily requirement of sulfur

For sulfur, there is no recommended daily requirement. This, in fact, is easily absorbed with food and our body is able to meet basic needs with about 850 mg of sulfur per day.


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Sulfur in food

The metal is present in greater quantities in products and foods of animal origin such as meat, fish, eggs and cheeses.

In the plant world, the richest sources of sulfur are represented by:

  • garlic,
  • onion,
  • cabbages.

But also legumes, asparagus, wheat germ.


Excess or deficiency of sulfur

Deficiencies and excesses of dietary sulfur are rare cases, however it is possible to identify particular clinical pictures, linked to certain dysfunctions.

A deficiency of sulfur in the body can result loss of skin tone, appearance of joint pain, restlessness and insomnia.

An excess of sulfur can cause a noticeable loss of calcium in the bones, sulfur in fact tends to counteract the absorption of calcium in the organism with consequent poor growth.


Curiosity and history

Known already in ancient times, it was used as a medicine since the 3th century BC, as we still do today. In the XNUMXth century, the Chinese invented gunpowder which is a mixture of potassium nitrate (KNOXNUMX), coal and sulfur. In the country, the extraction of sulfur began in Sicily starting from the beginning of the XNUMXth century, in the solfataras of the Caltanissetta area.

Here the landscape looks like a territory of barren and yellowish hills (except in spring, when the wheat tinges them with intense green), where you can still see and visit the abandoned sulfur mines.


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