Nutrition

Sulfur

Why it Matters

Sulfur-rich foods play a crucial role in supporting the liver, the body’s main detoxification organ.  The liver has many functions including storing nutrients, removing waste from the blood, and filtering and processing chemicals in food and medications.  Dietary sulfur from foods such as onions, garlic, eggs, seeds, and cruciferous vegetables can enhance glutathione levels in the body.  Glutathione requires sulfur to perform its role as one of the body’s primary antioxidants that supports the liver. If the liver is unable to clear toxins from the body, they can potentially accumulate, and affect other organ systems and overall health.

Putting into Practice

Incorporate sulfur-rich foods into the diet to maximize liver health.

Sulfur-rich foods include:

  • Alliums: garlic, onion, shallots, leeks, chives
  • Cruciferous vegetables: broccoli, cauliflower, kale
  • Protein: fish, poultry, nuts, seeds, eggs

Take Away

             Adding alliums, cruciferous vegetables, nuts and seeds, and small amounts of animal protein and eggs, can support healthy levels of Glutathione which support the bodies detox pathways.