A Crucial Missing Nutrient – Sulfur

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I have posted important information about organic sulfur in several previous posts on this blog.  Since posting the most recent of them I have received a number of new questions, which I want to address here.

Let’s start with a bit of deeper background than you’ll find in my previous blog posts about sulfur:

Why Is Sulfur Important? 
Sulfur is a natural element, which used to be present in significant quantities in our food.  Our bodies cannot create sulfur.  We must get it from our food or from supplementation.  We also cannot store it for any significant length of time.

Sulfur is an element that is a required “building block” for a number of essential amino acids and proteins that we must have.

Sulfur also is crucial to keeping our bodies free of toxins.  Our livers take dangerous chemicals and combine them with sulfur.  This process, which is part of the “methylation cycle”, converts these dangerous toxins that the liver collects from all over the body into “sulfates”.  These “sulfates” are far less chemically active than the toxins originally were, making them safe to eliminate in our waste.

Sulfur also is crucial in facilitating the transfer of oxygen and CO2 back and forth across the cell membranes all over your body.  When the sulfur levels are too low, this transfer is impeded, leading to serious specific health problems, as well as an overall lack of energy and generally poor health.  This can even weaken our resistance to disease.

OK, so sulfur is important.

Why Can’t We Get Sulfur From Our Food?
Well, we do get some, but not enough.  Up until about 60 years ago we were able to get all the sulfur our bodies needed directly from our food supply.  The soil, being naturally fertilized on a regular basis, was rich in sulfur.  The plants grown on the soil were likewise rich in sulfur.  And even animals that grazed on the land and ate the grasses that grew on the sulfur-rich soil provided meat that contained abundant sulfur.

About 60 years ago all that changed.  Industrial fertilizer was introduced and heavily promoted.  While it offered some seeming benefits, such as lower costs and initially higher production, it also led to some serious problems that have drastically affected the health of all living beings, including human beings wherever it was introduced and adopted.

Lower costs and higher productivity – sounds like a winner, right?  Possibly not!  The problem is that natural fertilizer is rich in the organic sulfur that is so essential to our health.  In contrast, the industrial or “synthetic” fertilizers substitute nitrogen for the sulfur.

This seems to be OK for the plants.  They seem to grow quite well with nitrogen-based fertilizers.  In many cases the plants seem to grow faster with the nitrogen-based fertilizers than they do with the sulfur-based fertilizers.  But the produce grown on soil where industrial fertilizers are used are not nearly as nutritious, don’t taste as good, and they are terribly low in organic sulfur.

There seem to be other problems with produce that has been fed synthetic fertilizers, as well.  The plants have proven not to be as hardy and not to be as resistant to disease.  And some plants do not reproduce as well.  But the drive for quick profits in today’s world seems to supersede these considerations most of the time.

The bottom line is that the soil, on average, contains less than 4% of the organic sulfur that it contained 60 years ago.  This is all due to the pervasive use of industrial, nitrogen-based synthetic fertilizers.

Of course, the produce, including meat raised on grass that is grown on such soil, is correspondingly low on organic sulfur.

As a result, almost all of us, especially those living in the so-called “developed world” or “industrial world” are highly sulfur-deficient.

And in most cases, even switching to all organic produce will not overcome this problem.  If you take soil where these synthetic, nitrogen-based fertilizers have been used for any significant length of time and start using all organic fertilizers that is a great step in the right direction.  However, it will be quite awhile before the soil and the crucial sulfur levels recover.  It takes years of careful organic farming, with intelligent soil management and appropriate crop rotation to build the sulfur levels back to where they belong.

Since most organic produce is grown on soil that has been “re-claimed” from the jaws of industrial farming, the soil is still quite deficient in organic sulfur.  Perhaps a few decades of organic fertilizing will change this.  But for now, you can count on most organic produce to still be far too low in sulfur content.

So What Can We Do?
For the long term, it makes sense to buy organic food as much as possible and to support smaller scale, locally owned and operated organic family farms.  Besides providing you with food that tastes better and is overall more healthy, over time this will help to restore the health of the soil.  It also sends a message to Big Agriculture that we do NOT support their policies and methods, which consistently place profits above health and sustainability.

For the short term, it makes sense to manually add the missing sulfur back into our diet.

Doing this properly can lead to tremendous health benefits.  For example, I am a very physically active person.  And sometimes I push my body a bit too hard.   I used to often pay the price in sore joints and sore muscles that night or the next day.  Since I have been adding organic sulfur back into my diet, something I have done for the last several years, I almost never have soreness following a tough workout or other heavy activity.

Many people who have suffered from arthritis report that not only are their symptoms greatly reduced when they add organic sulfur to their diets, but in many cases the disease either stops progressing or even is reversed.

Organic sulfur has also been shown to help with balancing brain chemistry, alleviating depression and other mental and emotional problems, including attention deficit disorder, which is so prevalent in our young people these days.

Organic sulfur seems to have anti-carcinogenic properties, as well.  This may be because it supports a healthier immune system, and because it facilitates the transfer of oxygen and CO2 across cell membranes.  (Most cancers do not thrive in an aerobic environment, so it makes sense that anything that enhances the transfer of oxygen could make it harder for cancers to grow.)

The list goes on.  I could list pages of benefits that have been reported by those who add sulfur back into their diets.  A number of my clients have reported very significant benefits.

However, You Must Know This:
Not all sulfur is created equal.  In fact, sulfur as a supplement has been around for almost as long as the problem of sulfur deficiency has existed.  You can go to any health food store, as well as many on-line sites that sell supplements and buy a sulfur supplement in the form of “MSM”.  The full chemical name is: Methyl Sulphonyl Methane.

MSM is quite popular in the health supplement world.  It is frequently combined in capsules with Glucosamine and Chondroitin, which is then sold as an arthritis remedy and general “joint health” supplement.

But there is a problem:  Although some of these supplements probably do provide some benefits, none of them are going to adequately replenish the missing sulfur.

To begin with, nearly all of them are not refined in a way that renders the sulfur high in bioavailability.  That means that your body has trouble using the sulfur.

Secondly, in almost all cases other substances are added to the sulfur, such as anti-caking agents, and other substances that make it easier to package the sulfur in capsules.  But these also seem to interfere with the body’s ability to utilize most of the sulfur.  So you could be taking a total of 12 grams of sulfur each day and maybe getting the benefits of less than a gram.  That is not enough for most of us.

And to get enough, (most adults need a minimum of 8 grams of organic sulfur a day added back into their diets to even begin to approach healthy levels in the body), you would have to swallow handfuls of capsules.  Most of us are not going to do that.  And even if we did, ingesting that many capsules each day would put stress on our digestive systems.

The way to go is to use pure loose organic sulfur, in the chemical form of methyl sulphonyl methane, in a “large matrix crystal” form.  In this form, the organic sulfur appears as crystals that are about twice the size of table salt crystals.  It should have NO additives whatsoever.  And it is crucial that the distillation process to isolate and crystallize the sulfur must not use too much heat, nor must it be over-distilled.  Violating any of these guidelines severely compromises the bioavailability and effectiveness of the sulfur.

That sad fact is that almost all of the MSM products on the market either do not work at all, or at best, work quite poorly. I have personally tested more than 50 different brands and forms of MSM.  So far, I have found 2 that work.  One works moderately well, and the other is simply terrific.

My readers know that the focus of this web site is not to promote and sell products.  That is not what we are about.  Rather, our purpose is to be a trusted source of crucial health information that is mostly not readily available elsewhere.

However, in a few rare cases, where we know that people will have difficulty obtaining what they need for their health from other sources, we make exceptions and directly provide specific products.

To help you with your health, we provide the organic sulfur that was developed to meet the precise specifications of The Cellular Matrix Study, a world leader in research into sulfur and its role in health.  This is the only form of organic sulfur that I have found that really works.  I use it every day.  Because it is so much more carefully distilled and handled it is more expensive than the cheap MSMs that you can buy.  But this is really a case where you get what you pay for.

Each shipment includes detailed instructions to help you get the maximum benefit from the sulfur.  They are simple to follow and have led to great reports from our clients.

There is a link at the bottom of this page that you can use to easily order your Organic Sulfur.  There also are links to several of my previous posts about Organic Sulfur.  There is even a great protocol for instantly reducing most physical pains by using Organic Sulfur in a special way.

Before we get to the links, I want to share the answer to one common question about using the sulfur:  Because it is in loose crystal form, most people take anywhere from a measured teaspoon to a measured tablespoon and drop it into a glass of water.  (I use a tablespoon 3 times a day.  It is almost impossible to get too much.  If you do, your body will simply and safely discard what it does not need.)

If the water is at room temperature, much of the sulfur will not go into solution.  Instead, you will find a pile of sulfur crystals sitting at the bottom of the glass.  These will likely remain even after you drink all of the water in the glass.  For some, this is no problem.  They just slurp down the slurry of wet sulfur crystals and swallow them.  Then they drink a little more plain water to finish washing them down.  There is nothing wrong with doing it this way.  However, the sulfur has a somewhat bitter taste and some people find this way not so pleasant.

Here is another option:  (It is the way I take my sulfur.)  Put the amount of sulfur you plan to take into your drinking glass.  Fill the glass just halfway up with drinking water that is at room or cold water tap temperature.  Then heat some drinking water in your teakettle.  When it boils, add enough to the glass to fill it the rest of the way.  Now stir the mixture.  The temperature should now be comfortable to drink, and the warmth of the water will allow all of the sulfur to go into solution.  So when you drink it there will not be any residue at the bottom.  Once the sulfur has gone into solution, it will stay in solution for hours.  So you can take your time drinking it.

The taste will still be slightly bitter.  But that is a small price to pay for the extraordinary health benefits.  I recommend against adding anything to the water and sulfur to try and change the flavor.  The chemistry of sulfur is complex and if you add anything other than good drinking water, there is a chance that you will render the sulfur less effective.   In fact, some things you might be tempted to add, such as orange juice will almost certainly reduce the effectiveness of the suflur to near zero.

Please feel free to e-mail me any questions you may have.  Or even better, please post them as comments below so that others who may have the same questions can benefits from your questions and the dialog we will have to address them.

To your great health!

Jeff Bell

Here are the links to purchase your Organic Sulfur, as well as to several informative posts about Organic Sulfur:

IMPORTANT!  Please note that the shipping and handling costs listed are for fully insured mailing via U.S. Priority Mail, within the continental U.S.A.  If you need to have yours shipped outside the continental U.S.A. please be sure to e-mail us or call us in advance so we can let you know the shipping and handling costs: jeff@MyHealthOptimizer.com or (925) 827 -3895.

The Organic Sulfur we offer is sourced through The Cellular Matrix Study, which is the world’s largest health study of the effects of sulfur deficiency and supplementation. Their staff personally supervises and quality tests all of the Organic Sulfur that we offer.

2 pounds of Organic Sulfur, including insured shipping and handling via U.S. Priority Mail: $78.95, in the U.S.A.

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5 pounds of Organic Sulfur, including insured shipping and handling via U.S. Priority Mail: $169.95, in the U.S.A.

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9 pounds of Organic Sulfur, including insured shipping and handling via U.S. Priority Mail: $283.86, in the U.S.A.

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Links to addtional posts about Organic Sulfur:

Organic Sulfur – A Super Detox And Metabolic Support Agent

Organic Sulfur For Rapid Pain Management

DMSO And Organic Sulfur To The Rescue!

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26 Comments

  1. Jean Allord
    Posted January 4, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Permalink

    Jeff, I noticed you said not to add anything to the sulfur but I was wondering if a few drops of Stevia to counteract the bitterness would cause a problem….?

    Thanks,
    Jean

    • Jeff Bell
      Posted January 5, 2012 at 8:49 am | Permalink

      That’s a great question. I honestly do not know the answer. In general I do not recommend adding anything to the water and sulfur. The main reason is that one of the prime purposes of the sulfur in the body is to detoxify the body. It does this by combining the sulfur with whatever toxins the body needs to get rid of. This process is known as “sulfating” – it actually chemically combines the offending chemicals or elements with the sulfur. For example, if one has a significant amount of lead sequestered in the liver, if there is sufficient pure organic sulfur available, it will be combined with the lead to form lead sulfate, which is far less toxic than almost any other form of lead. This makes it safe for the body to then eliminate the newly formed lead sulfate from the body. (If the body tried to eliminate the lead before it was combined with the sulfur and rendered far less reactive, it would cause damage to any tissues it came in contact with on its way out of the body.

      Sulfur has a very high ability to combine with a wide variety of substances, and a strong propensity to do so. And once the sulfur has combined with such a substance, it is no longer available for any other purpose in the body. Sulfur is also key to building some of the amino acids that the body needs, required to assist the cell membranes in “breathing”, or transferring oxygen in and CO2 out, it is important for other metabolic processes at the cellular level, and it is needed for other crucial metabolic processes and aspects of the body’s biochemistry, as well. So when adding the organic sulfur back into the diet, it is important to make sure it is bioavailable to begin with, and that it remains so when taken into the body.

      Will the sulfur combine with the stevia? I am not sure. Since sulfur biochemistry can be complex, and there is much we do not know, I take the precautionary principle and avoid combining it with anything other than the drinking water I use to dissolve it.

      And by the way, if you use amounts of stevia that are sufficient to really make things taste sweet, you may not be doing as well for your health as you think. Take a look at this: http://myhealthoptimizer.com/could-it-be-that-diet-sodas-make-us-fat/

      Hope that helps. If you have further questions about sulfur, please post them. And if you find out anything about this question that I have answerted here, (such as whether or not the sulfur really will combine with or be affected by the stevia), please post that, as well.

      To your great health!

      Jeff Bell

  2. Darci Katz
    Posted February 13, 2012 at 12:39 am | Permalink

    I really find the bitter taste of the sulfur unpleasant when I add it to plain water. Are you sure there is nothing to be done about that? Isn’t there something that I can add?

    • Jeff Bell
      Posted February 13, 2012 at 12:48 am | Permalink

      Hi Darci, Thanks for your question. I appreciate what you are saying. The sulfur is a bit bitter tasting and some people have a harder time than others in drinking it down mixed in plain water. I have more or less gotten used to it. I am hesitant to recommend adding anything that has a strong enough flavor to significantly mask the taste of the sulfur. The problem, as stated in the blog post, is that sulfur has a very strong tendancy to combine with many checmicals. And there is a great risk that it will combine with one or more of the chemicals that are contained in a juice or other substance you mix it with. The result is that the effectiveness of the sulfur will be greatly reduced, or perhaps even fully nullified.

      And the chemistry involved is inherently complex enough so that it could take a great deal of research and sophisticated lab testing to determine to what extent this unwanted combinining or sulfating will occur with any given substance. So to be on the safe side I take my sulfur with plain drinking water. That way I know it works. To a fair extent I have gotten use to the somewhat bitter taste. The longer I use the sulfur the less it bothers me. And then to make it even easier, I make it a practice to close my eyes as I drink my sulfur and water solution and visualize various parts of my body growing more healthy. For example, if I have a bit of a twinge in a knee at the time, I visualize the inflammation in my knee disappearing. I’m sure you can think of similar techniques to help make it easer. Be creative and please feel free to share your techniques as comments here on this site. Thank you!

  3. Cherianne Benoit
    Posted February 23, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    Hi Jeff – I just read your article and I have a question… what is the difference between MSM crystals (the pure form that comes from plants) and elemental sulfur (the yellow smelly stuff)? I have added the yellow sulfur to my diet for a year or so now and had great results, but am confused about the difference between the two. Thank you!

    • Jeff Bell
      Posted February 23, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

      Hi Cherianne, Thanks for a great question.

      There is a very significant difference between what you are taking, which sounds like it is powdered, elemental sulfur, (what is often called “flowers of sulfur”, because it is in a very fine powder form that easily becomes airborne), and pure MSM. The MSM is actually a chemical compound of sulfur, called MethySulphonylMethane. That is one of the primary biologically available and usable forms of sulfur. To get it purely from plants, (the best source), it is distilled from plant lignum to DMSO and then just a tiny bit more to the very first stage of MSM. If distilled beyond that point, it becomes largely ineffective. Or if nearly anything is added to it, such as an anti-caking agent, or chemicals to make it edasier to dissolve, again it will be renedered almost completely ineffective.

      In contrast, the elemental sulfur is often just from rocks or other mineral deposits that are rich in elemental sulfur, which are then mined and crushed and the powdered sulfur is then seperated out by various industrial processes. But we are not iintended to eat rocks, and so it really doesn’t work so well. (The same is true for most calcium supplements, which are basically ground up calcium carbonate – again, ground up rocks.)

      I am a little surprised that you are getting good results from taking the elemental sulfur. That usually does not work out. If you take MSM, and it is pure, properly distilled, and from the right sources, etc. as described in most of my posts on the subject, one of the impportant things that it does in the body is to facilitate the transfer of oxygen into the cells and carbon dioxide out of the cells. (It does many more things, as well, but that is one of the more important affects. The elemental form of sulfur will not help much with that, and if you take pover a certain threshold amount it will actually impede that crucial gas transfer. In fact, beyond a fairly modest amount, elemental sulfur can become quite toxic. So I would be careful with it. Of course, one of the things that elemental sulfur can do that is good is to kill pathogens. It is pretty good at that. But because of the potential toxicity, I would generally recommend some other way to do that if there is an overgrowth of pathogens to be dealt with.

      I hope that answers your question. Please feel free to continue this dialog if you have other questions, or need further clarification.

      To your great health!

      Jeff Bell

  4. Julia
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    Jeff, do you see any reason not to put the sulfur into capsules and take with water that way?

    • Jeff Bell
      Posted May 29, 2013 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

      Hi Julia,

      Thanks for asking a great question. Yes, there are very good reasons not to try and encapsulate the Organic Sulfur. If this is done commercially, using automated machinery, then anti-caking agents MUST be added to the Organic Sulfur, (mostly sold as “MSM” or “MethylSulfonylMethane”). The anti-caking agents, and just about anything else added to the Organic Sulfur for that matter, actually blocks the uptake of the Organic Sulfur by the body to a large extent. So that is clearly counter-productive and not a good health measure.

      If you encapsulate the Organic Sulfur by hand, (for your own use, for example), then you would need a lot of capsules just for a day’s worth of Organic Sulfur. For example I take 3 tablespoons of Organic Sulfur each day. That would require a lot of capsules. I suppose if the capsules were made out of biologically safe materials, that might be OK. But it would be very time consuming to fill the capsules for each day’s Organic Sulfur, and it could get expensive. All in all, I don’t see it as a good strategy.

      Is your reason for doing so because you find the taste objectionable? If so, try this: Mix the Organic Sulfur into a glass of water. Stir it up and let it fully dissolve. Then squeeze a half of a fresh organic lime into it before you drink it. That should really help, and lime juice will not interfere with the sulfur.

      I hope that helps.

      To your great health!

      Jeff Bell

  5. Julia
    Posted June 3, 2013 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    Hi Jeff,

    Thanks for your response. Yes, the reason I want to capsule it is because the taste is horrible to me. Based on another of your posts referencing the lime, I started mixing it in hot water in a shot glass with lemon or lime (whatever I have on hand), then I “chase” it with a few drinks of water with lemon. I then follow that by drinking a large cup of hot lemon water with stevia. Does lemon or stevia interfere with the sulfur? I hope not! I only started taking it about three weeks ago, so I’m just doing one teaspoon a day in the morning. I plan to start increasing it by half a teaspoon each week.

    I found some vegetarian capsules I was considering, and I would fill my own. One thing I was wondering about is if the capsules would disinegrate quickly enough for it to be absorbed by the body. I will try taking it in a full glass and see how that is, but the taste will need to be almost non-existant for that to be an option for me. People talk about a strong taste, but I had no idea. Whew!

    Thank you!

    • Jeff Bell
      Posted June 3, 2013 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

      Hi Julia,

      Most people who add the organic sulfur to their diet seem to get used to the taste. Frankly, it never bothered me to begin with. I recently learned that there are different human “taste archetypes”, and that some of us seem to like bitter tastes, others like sweet tastes, etc. So perhaps that explains that.

      The lime juice will not lessen the effectiveness of the sulfur at all. And I don’t think that lemon juice, will, either, although I am a bit less sure of that.

      If you really can’t tolerate the taste, then I guess capsules should be fine. The ones you describe do not sound like they will detract from the efficacy of the sulfur. My only concern is that it may get rather tedious to load sulfur into enough capsules to make the optimal daily amount. But if that is what you need to do, I would say, go for it.

      Keep in mind that a healthy 150 pound adult probably ought to take at least a measured teaspoon of the organic sulfur three times a day. I am not sure how many of your capsules that works out to, but it could be quite a few. In which case you might find my post on how to safely and comfortably swallow a whole bunch of pills or capsules at once to be useful. Here it is: http://myhealthoptimizer.com/easily-swallowing-all-those-supplements/

      To your great health!

      Jeff Bell

      • Posted December 4, 2015 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

        Drinking it through a straw also helps for those who have difficulty with the taste. Buy a glass straw if you’re an ultra purist.

  6. Julia
    Posted June 5, 2013 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    Thanks Jeff! I appreciate your input.

    Julia

    • Jeff Bell
      Posted June 5, 2013 at 10:18 pm | Permalink

      Hi Julia,

      Also, I do not see any reason why the stevia should interfere with the organic sulfur. So that should be OK, as well, at least what you describe. However, just to be on the safe side, I don’t think I would mix the stevia directly into the water with the Organic Sulfur in it. That sounds to me like pushing one’s luck a bit.

      Hope that helps.

      Jeff Bell

  7. Jeff Bell
    Posted June 8, 2015 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

    Hi Charolette,

    I am not sure I understand what you are asking for. My mission in life is to help people who are often very ill to recover their health. That takes every bit of time I have to do that work. So I do not have any time left to do technical work around blogging or web sites, etc. But there are plenty of people around who can help you with that and who are far more skilled than I am. I would check into some of the WordPress forums on-line and you should find just what you are looking for.

    On the other hand, if you are looking for help with health issues, please give me more details so that I know what you need.

    To your great health!

    Jeff

  8. Ali
    Posted July 12, 2015 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    I too use flowers of sulphur. I have pure MSM crystals, but find it easier just to blend a tiny amount of FoS into my food each day rather than drink a glassful of bitter MSM several times a day.

    You say that elemental sulphur is made from rocks and we don’t eat rocks, and that is true, however, rainwater runs down through soil and rocks and stones picking up minerals and trace elements on its journey, as does river water from the river rocks and stones. The minerals in soil come from broken down rock and stone, so I have trouble accepting your reasoning on this.

    Sulphur springs – water laced with elemental sulphur, have long been revered the World over as great healing venues. People regularly would take – before the advent of MSM – brimstone and treacle – flowers of sulphur with molasses. Up until 20 years or so ago, you could buy sulphur tablets over the counter.

    MSM has been hailed as the answer to sulphur deficiency, but I can’t help being a bit suspicious of it. You have to take a shed-load of the stuff to get any benefit which seems very odd in itself. Sulphur is a yellow element that smells….of sulphur. Egg yolks are yellow, and smell of sulphur. MSM is clear and smells of nothing….

    • Jeff Bell
      Posted July 16, 2015 at 8:48 am | Permalink

      Hi Ali,

      The biochemistry around sulfur gets pretty complex. I am honestly not sure how well flowers of sulfur compares to really pure MSM as a supplement. I will try to find out.

      By the way, if you want to greatly reduce the bitter taste of MSM, try squeezing an organic lime into the MSM after you have mixed it into the water. As to amount, I take a measured tablespoon of the MSM crystals in a full glass of water, 3 times a day. I have experimented with more and less and that seems to make me feel the best. That is on the high-side, amount-wise for a “normal-weight” adult.

      To your great health!

      Jeff

  9. Leslie
    Posted December 1, 2015 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    Hi, Jeff. I was actually really disappointed when I read your posts about the Organic Sulfur. I was planning on ordering some Flowers of Sulfur, hoping it would help with several health issues. I ran across your post while searching for the purest elemental sulfur I could find. Now I feel like I might be wasting my money (not an option). Can you tell me how long 1 pound of the Organic Sulfur will last at the 3t daily dose? I suspect that I cannot afford it, though. Do you know of any more economical options that are still better than taking the elemental sulfur? I have heard that DMSO can be converted to MSM. Any suggestions would be welcome. Thanks!

    Leslie

    • Jeff Bell
      Posted December 9, 2015 at 10:56 am | Permalink

      Hi Leslie,

      I do not know of any way to safely and effectively use elemental sulfur or “flowers of sulfur” as a nutritional supplement. I doubt it is possible. It would not be bioavailable. And it would not be economical to buy DMSO and then convert it. That is complex and given the base price of pure DMSO would not be economical, anyway.

      If you take a teaspoon of the organic sulfur we offer, 3 times a day, a pound will last for longer than a month. A teaspoon of the organic sulfur we use weighs approximately 3.5 grams. A pound is roughly 453 grams. So if we are using 3 teaspoons a day, or 10.5 grams per day, that should last for 43 days. However, it is possible that a teaspoon, 3 times a day may not be optimal. It depends on your body weight.

      Also, since you started your comment by saying your were disappointed in my blog posts, I thought I would ask what disappointed you? Is there information missing or not accurate? Or is it something else? Please clarify.

      I hope that helps.

      To your great health!

      Jeff

  10. honey
    Posted December 9, 2015 at 5:03 am | Permalink

    dear jeff..
    i am suffering from androgenic alopecia…and i am using 2% of minoxidil topical once a day..will it be ok if i include sulphur supplement or msm in my diet?
    will sulphur react to minoxidil?
    do u know any natural treatment for androgenic alopecia?
    thanks

    • Jeff Bell
      Posted December 9, 2015 at 10:43 am | Permalink

      I do not have any real experience with androgenic alopecia, (otherwise known as male pattern baldness or female pattern baldness for those not into medical terminology). The organic sulfur that I recommend and offer will not interact with the medication that you are taking for this. I can’t speak for other forms of MSM as I have no idea what the manufacturers have put into them. Ours has nothing added, which is the main reason we offer it – it is very hard to find good, pure MSM.

      As far as natural cures go, I am not sure. I would want to look at a nutritional panel for you, and a number of other factors before I could make any sort of recommendations. You might want to consider hormone balance, and, of course, anything you can do to reduce chronic stress would be helpful. And even if these measures did not address the hair issue effectively, which they may or may not, they will help with overall health.

      To your great health!

      Jeff

  11. Donna
    Posted March 31, 2016 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    Hi Jeff,

    Is it just me (and my boyfriend)….but while just starting on the sulfur crystals (mixing in water only) neither of us find the taste at all offensive or strong. I actually went from 1/2 tsp to a full tsp on the first 4-6 oz. glass of filtered water alone to be sure I added enough….fully expecting to writhe in expression, due to what others have said. Nope! A bit medicinal in a slight bitterness, but nothing worthy of needing any sort of mixer or taste reducer. Granted, we as healthy 35-47 year olds take our share of other healthy products that have more extreme taste offensiveness that we no longer grimace at badly anymore either. (As in apricot kernels, Kyolic garlic drops in water, etc!) I read that pure crystals like yours should not have as bad of a taste or smell, so perhaps we just are lucky to take so easily to it? Please share! Thank you in advance.

    • Jeff Bell
      Posted August 14, 2016 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

      Hi Donna,

      First, sorry to take so long to reply. We had a technical problem which prevented me from getting the usual notices for pending questions and comments. I apologize for that.

      I’m glad you find the organic sulfur palatable. So do I. It turns out that some people find a bitter taste to be really objectionable and others sort of crave it. I am in the latter group. It sounds like you are, as well. But there are people who find it really unpleasant. They struggle to get it down. For them, squeezing in 1/2 an organic lime will really help.

      I do have 1 comment that might be helpful for you: From your comment it sounds like you are using 4 to 6 ounces of water. I would use more. I take 1 tablespoon of the organic sulfur at a time. I dissolve that in a full water glass – about 11 ounces of water. I think the increased mount of water makes the sulfur more effective.

      To your great health!

      Jeff

  12. Kathleen Baker
    Posted April 26, 2016 at 7:03 am | Permalink

    Hello, do you sell smaller portions? I am on a budget & cannot spend that much at once. If you make smaller portions to sell I would definately love to try this.

    • Jeff Bell
      Posted May 4, 2016 at 9:30 am | Permalink

      Hi Kathleen,

      I am sorry but I cannot provide the organic sulfur in portions smaller than 2 pounds. The reason is that the costs for shipping and handling would then represent too large a proportion of the total cost, rendering the entire purchase simply too expensive. However, there are other sources that provide organic sulfur, in MSM form, in smaller quantities. Most of these sources do not provide good MSM. But a few of them do. I encourage you to do some searching and look for ones that are in crystal rather than powder form and that are 100% free of any and all additives. Also, try to determine that the MSM is minimally distilled from plant-based DMSO and not from petroleum or other chemical forms.

      To your great health!

      Jeff

  13. Posted November 8, 2017 at 2:45 am | Permalink

    I think this is the most important information for me.

    • Jeff Bell
      Posted November 8, 2017 at 8:34 am | Permalink

      Well, I am not sure it is the most crucial information for you, but it certainly is important for most of us if not all.

      Of course, the massive, (I would say “worldwide”) from natural fertilizer to synthetic fertilizer has been one of the largest disasters to human health ever. More and more people are gaining awareness of this and doing what they can to move back to organic farming methods, both on the production side and the consumer side. But it will take a very long time for the soil to regain its health and for a healthy level of bioavailable sulfur to once again be present in our food. So, for now, adding sulfur in a bioavailable form is a crucial measure for most of us.

      To your great health!

      Jeff Bell

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