Sulfur is Third Most Abundant Mineral in Human Body
Six chemical elements — C, H, O, N, Ca and P — make up to 99 percent of the human body. Only 1% in various amounts includes the next five elements as potassium, sulfur, sodium, chlorine, and magnesium. Sulfur seems to be not included in this list, but it's the third most abundant mineral in your body and very powerful antioxidant. Sulfur is present in all living tissues. Sulfur is presented two very important amino acids:
methionine (naturally presented in egg whites and fish), which is essential, without it body doesn't synthesize and it must be obtained from an outside source
- cysteine, which needs sulfur at the constant rate and this amino acid is synthesized by our body.
Where we can find Sulfur (up to 0.25% or 140 grams of our total body weight is sulfur) in our body
- in skin, muscles, bones ( half the sulfur in your body).
- hair and nails ( protein keratin, contain a lot of sulfur),
- cartilage and connective tissues
Some of these indicators include signs of aging as wrinkles, sore muscles and joint pain, which may be an indication of a sulfur deficiency.
What's so Special About Sulfur?
Sulfur is critical for body detoxification and self-triggering autoimmunity reaction.
Glutathione is the most important antioxidant that your body produces. Without sulfur, glutathione is rendered ineffective and body blocks productions of this self-building body detoxifier.
Sulfur may protect against exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light, X-rays and radiation, and can be used for in different detoxification applications - sulfurous mud-bath therapy that helps to deal with osteoarthritis, disease what cause of pain and limitations in physical function. Scientists considering that a sulfur deficiency may be a base cause for Alzheimer's disease, which is growing by every year. Sulfur could help detoxicate body from aluminium, clean up ‘foggy mind’, increases memorization and concentration abilities.
Traditional remedies containing sulfur in topical applications (sulfur mud bath, soaps, pomades etc.) are well known as effective remedies for acne and other skin conditions, such as acne, rosacea, seborrhea caused dermatitis and parasites. Sulfur pomade is most popular treatment method for scabies.
Sulfur mineral springs
The sulfur minerals springs are found in many countries all around the world and it has positive therapeutic effects on skin diseases, asthma, neuralgia, arteriosclerosis, and rheumatism in shoulder, neck, and wrist pains. They also have a detoxifying and mucolytic effect. Sulfur has been used medicinally since ancient times and is contained in every cell in our bodies. It helps to keep skin elasticity and maintains youthful skin. Sulfur is a natural antiseptic and is said to encourage insulin production.
Kemeri sulfur spring Lizard (image from http://www.multisports.lv/tag/kemeri/) ’’The conclusion is as follows, that sulfur here is so healthy that after it even aliens comes here from other star systems, perhaps even galaxies. A long journey on the aircraft at the end of neat sulfur certainly not left and have to use some kind of self-made stuff, that sometimes complicate the descent trajectory.’ (From the same page about sulfur spring mythology in Latvia.)
Photo by Inese Kalniņa
Natural medicinal waters containing sulfur compounds are molecules or ions. Both forms are equally active, penetrating the human body through the respiratory tract or through the skin; Hydrogen sulfide gas with a distinctive odor dissolves in water forms a weak acid. After the sulfide mineral concentration settled weak hydrogen sulfide mineral water (H2S 10-50 mg / l), moderate (50 to 100 mg / l), strong (more than 100 mg / l), and in particular the strong hydrogen sulfide mineral waters (more than 250 mg / l ).
European part of the sulfide mineral biochemical formed mainly of gypsum and quaternary peat sediments sulfate reducer bacterial exposure; volcanic areas mineral waters sulfide is a chemical process.
Natural sulfur springs are divided into warm (above 20 ° C) and cold sulfide mineral (20 ° C). Sulfur mineral water very often found is characteristic of organic matter, mainly in the presence of humus. Therapeutic sulfide mineral using hydrogen sulfide bath, inhalation, different cavities (mouth, stomach, vagina, etc.) by rinsing.
Sulphur dioxide is widly used as food preservative, most common is dried fruits for preservation, it is added also in soft drinks and could cause asthma, if used too much.
New scientific reasearch offers various Sulfur ( S ) Nanopowder Applications
Photo by Litha Limetree
- Pesticide applications as a general pesticide and insecticide when applied as a protective coating.
- Rubber production uses it as curing agent and as an effective adhesion promoter.
- Preservative applications of sulfur nanoparticles are used to prevent the growth of mold and as a general antibacterial coating, greatly enhancing the overall shelf-life of flowers, plants, fruits, and other greenery.
- Agricultural applications for its preservative and pesticide traits and as a nutritional supplement, antibacterial protectant for feed, and treatment for livestock skin conditions.
- Medical applications benefit offered to animals can be seen in humans, such as treatment of certain skin conditions. Nano-sulfur has also been used in footbaths and similar treatments.
- Nano-size sulfur particles are useful for modification of carbon nano tubes, and synthesis of nano composites for lithium batteries.
For recent years scientists study how to synthesize sulfur nanoparticles in aqueous media and also study the effect of different surfactants on particle size.
Photo by Litha Limetree, sodium thiosulphate
Scientific research published here https://www.nature.com/articles/srep01910 In Scientific Reports 3, Article number: 1910 (2013) under title ‘Ultrafine Sulfur Nanoparticles in Conducting Polymer Shell as Cathode Materials for High-Performance Lithium/Sulfur Batteries’’ group of scientists (Hongwei Chen, Weiling Dong, Jun Ge, Changhong Wang, Xiaodong Wu, Wei Lu, Liwei Chen) wrote:
‘For Li/S batteries, submicrometer sulfur particles with graphene oxide wrapping and ~10 μm sulfur/polymer composite particles have been prepared and shown promising high and stable specific capacities16,22. Considering the highly insulating nature of sulfur, it is thus intriguing to explore the nanoparticle approach and investigate the size effect truly down to nanometer scales.’
Other research Green Synthesis of Nano-Sized Sulfur and Its Effect on Plant Growth (published at Journal of Agricultural Science; Vol. 8, No. 1; 2016)
Sulfur nanoparticles (SNPs) obtained in the green synthesis from Melia azedarach leaves were applied to the field of soil 100 ppm–600 ppm doses. Group of scientists in conclusion of this article confirm that: ’’A novel approach for green synthesis of sulfur nanoparticles by using Melia azedarach leaves extract in one-pot liquid phase reaction at ambient temperature and atmospheric pressure has been reported for first time. The described approach gives highly crystalline pure sulfur nanoparticles with uniform shape and average particle size of 5-80 nm. The concentrations of Melia azedarach leaves extract and sodium thiosulfate ions are playing an important role in the green synthesis of sulfur nanoparticles. XRD, SEM, and FT-IR support the formation and stability of the biosynthesized SNPs. Thus it can be concluded that plant extracts can be used as simple, low-cost and environmentally friendly biomaterial acting as stabilizing and dispersing agent in the synthesis of SNPs. Preliminary results indicated that SNPs suppress crop disease and subsequently enhance the Cucurbita pepo growth. This enhancement suggests that a result of the reduction of the presence of pathogenic organisms in the soil and the potential nutritional value of SNPs through producing sulfur organic compounds in the plant.’’
Sulfur is very corrosive for metals and is very a huge advantage in electronic applications. For example, silver in present of sulfur become dark yellow or even black.
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