Depending on who you ask, sulfur might be their miracle supplement or something they’ve never tried. It’s the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body and has been used to heal the skin for centuries. Usually when people talk about sulfur for acne they are talking about the topical 10% sulfur cream. It’s been used to help control oil and promote quicker shedding and exfoliation. Just like vitamin C, sulfur is essential for collagen synthesis. If you’re trying to repair scars, taking some MSM (a sulfur containing supplement) with vitamin C (or camu camu) might help to heal the skin faster.
What Is Sulfur?
Sulfur is a mineral, just like zinc, calcium, copper and magnesium. It comes from the earth. We used to get sufficient amounts of it in our diets but because of the processing of our food and the degradation of the soil we most likely don’t get as much as we used to.
What Does Sulfur Do?
Like most minerals, it has many roles in different processes that help create and repair connective tissues, skin, bones, teeth, hair, and muscles. Sulfur also helps in glutathione production. Glutathione is your body’s master antioxidant. It combats free radicals and prevents oxidative damage and inflammation. Dr. Mark Hyman, a four-time New York Times bestselling author, internationally recognized leader in Functional Medicine, and 2009 Linus Pauling Functional Medicine Award winner, says that glutathione “is the most important molecule you need to stay healthy and prevent aging, cancer, heart disease, dementia and more, and necessary to treat everything from autism to Alzheimer’s disease.” Glutathione contains a sulfur-containing amino acid group and eating sulfur-rich foods like garlic, onions and cruciferous vegetables will help improve the glutathione production in your body. You can’t take a glutathione supplement because the acids in your stomach will digest the molecule before it can be absorbed. The only ways to supplement with glutathione would be to either take a liposomal glutathione or take the precursors to the molecule so your body creates more of it. Asparagus has the most glutathione out of any food on earth, so eating plenty of asparagus may boost glutathione levels. Avocados are the second highest source of this antioxidant and I encourage people to eat avocados daily.
- You can look into sulfur ointments for acne and try them out if you want (although I recommend Renu28 instead)
- If you’re going to take sulfur internally, take it in an MSM powder form, following instructions. This may be something to do during scar healing
- Eat a variety of sulfur rich foods, including cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, garlic, onions and eggs.
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