Sulfur & Amino Acids
Sulfur is a mineral that is part of the chemical structure of Methionine, Cysteine, Taurine, and Glutathione. Sulfur disinfects the blood, resists bacteria, and protects the protoplasm of cells. It aids in oxidation reactions, stimulates bile secretions in the liver, and protects against toxic substances. Because of its ability to protect against the harmful effects of radiation and pollution, sulfur slows down the aging process and extends life span. It is found in hemoglobin and all body tissues and is needed for the synthesis of collagen, which prevents dryness and maintains elastic in the skin.
L-Methionine is not synthesized in the body and must be obtained from food sources or from dietary supplements. In addition to being a good source of Sulfur, L-Methionine is important in the treatment of rheumatic fever and toxemia resulting from pregnancy. It assists in the breakdown or fats, preventing the build-up of fat in the liver and arteries, which obstructs blood flow to the brain, heart, and kidneys. This amino acid helps the digestive system, interacts with other substances to detoxify harmful agents, aids muscle weakness, helps to prevent brittle hair, and is benefical for allergic chemical sensitivities and osteoporosis. Cysteine and Taurine may rely an Methionine for synthesis in the body.
Because the body uses Methionine to deprive a brain food called Choline, it would be wise to supplement the diet with Choline or Lecithin (which is high in Choline) so the supply of Methionine is not depleted.
L-Cysteine has a high sulfur content. This amino acid is formed from Methionine in the body; however, Vitamin B6 is necessary for this conversion.
L-Cysteine helps to detoxify harmful toxins, thereby protecting and preserving the cells. L-Cysteine is a precursor to L-Glutahione. One of the best free radical destroyers, it works best when taken with selenium and Vitamin E. In addition to protecting the cells from the harmful effects of radiation, it protects the brain from damage due to alcohol and cigarette smoke. Supplementation with L-Cysteine has a cheating effects, removing excess copper from the body. This amino acid also promotes the burning of fat and building of muscle. Because of its ability to break down mucus in the respiratory tract, L-Cysteine or L-Cyctine supplements; each offer the same benefits.
High concentration of L-Taurine are found in the heart muscle, white blood cells, skeletal muscles, and nervous system. This amino acid aids in the fat digestion, heart disorders, hypoglycemia, arteriosclerosis, hypertension, and edema, and acts as a building block of all the amino acids. It is a key component of bile, which is needed for the digestion of fats, the absorption of fat soluble vitamins, and the control of serum cholesterol levels. Epilepsy, hyperactivity, and poor brain function are related to L-Taurine deficiency.
L-Taurine is not found in most animal proteins; therefore, synthesis by the body is crucial. L-Taurine may be synthesized from cysteine, but requires Vitamin B6 for this conversion.
Like L-cysteine, L-cystine has high sulfur content. It aids in the formation of skin and is important in the detoxification. By reducing the body's absorption of copper, cystine protects against copper toxicity. This amino acid is necessary for the healing of burns and wounds after surgery. It promotes healing in respiratory disorders such as bronchitis, and plays an important role in the activity of white blood cells, which fight disease. It assist in the supply of insulin to the pancreas, which is needed for assimilation of sugars and starches.
L-Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant that inhibits the formation of free radicals. It protects against damage from cigarette smoking and radiation, helps reduce the side effects of chemotherapy and x-rays and combats alcohol poisoning. As a detoxified of metals and drugs, it aids in the treatment of blood and liver disorders.