This entire category is more important than most doctors realize. For cancer patients and everyone else who is suffering from advanced stage diseases, sulfur offers a lifeline for many reasons, including helping to get oxygen to the cells.
What do garlic and glutathione have in common? Sulfur! Sulfur is commonly used in Asia as an herbal medicine to treat inflammation and cancer. Organic sulfur has been studied in connection with oral and other cancers and has been found to have remarkable benefit in anti-cancer therapy.
Sulfur is an essential element for all life, and is widely used in biochemical processes. In metabolic reactions, sulfur compounds serve as both fuels and respiratory (oxygen-replacing) materials for simple organisms. Sulfur in organic form is present in the vitamins biotin and thiamine, the latter being named for the Greek word for sulfur. Sulfur is an important part of many enzymes and in antioxidant molecules like glutathione and thioredoxin.
Organically bonded sulfur is a component of all proteins, such as the amino acids cysteine and methionine. Disulfide bonds are largely responsible for the strength and shape of proteins. Since sulfur bonds are required for proteins to maintain their shape, and these bonds determine the biological activity of the proteins, we can see why sulfur is critical for health and life itself. There is no doubt that sulfur helps us battle cancer so it’s a good time to become more familiar with this basic element.
Sulfur is required for the proper structure and biological activity of enzymes. If you don’t have sufficient amounts of sulfur in your body, the enzymes your body produces or those you consume cannot function properly. This can cascade into a number of health problems since, without biologically-active enzymes, your metabolic processes cannot function properly.
Sulfur enables the transport of
oxygen across cell membranes.
Because sulfur is directly below oxygen in the periodic table, these elements have similar electron configurations. Sulfur forms many compounds that are analogs of oxygen compounds and it has a unique action on body tissues. It decreases the pressure inside the cell. In removing fluids and toxins, sulfur affects the cell membrane. Sulfur is present in all cells and forms sulfate compounds with sodium, potassium, magnesium, and selenium. Organic sulfur, in addition to eliminating heavy metals, regenerates, repairs and rebuilds all the cells in the body.
 Toxicology in Vitro. http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=19999781
As early as 1550 B.C., Egyptians realized the benefits of garlic (a high-sulfur food) as a remedy for a variety of diseases. Many epidemiological studies support the protective role of garlic and related allium foods against the development of certain human cancers. Natural garlic and garlic cultivated with selenium fertilization have been shown in laboratory animals to have protective roles in cancer prevention.
Dr. Budwig fed terminal cancer patients a mixture of skim milk protein (a sulfur-containing protein) and flaxseed oil. The badly needed sulfur protein L-methionine is found in cottage cheese. L-methionine is the essential amino acid responsible for breaking down omega-3 fatty acids.
Sulfur is essential for the metabolism of carbohydrates. Sulfur is required for proper assimilation of the alpha amino acids methionine and cysteine. There is no recommended daily allowance (RDA) for sulfur, though it is believed that most of us ingest about 9 g/day from our diets with more needed in cancer treatments. There are no known toxic effects from organic sulfur.
Cysteine, cystine, and NAC possess powerful antioxidant properties and work best when taken in combination with selenium and vitamin E. They promote liver detoxification by binding toxins and heavy metals such as mercury and lead and facilitating their removal from the body. These amino acids also reduce free radical damage and, in combination with their “liver repair” services, are important for detoxification and chelation.
The first scientific report to study sulfur-laden garlic and cancer was performed in the 1950s. Scientists injected allicin, an active ingredient from garlic, into mice suffering from cancer. Mice receiving the injection survived more than six months whereas those that did not receive the injection survived only two months.
The National Cancer Institute found that individuals who ate the most allium vegetables (red onions, scallions, garlic, chives and leeks) had a nearly 50% lower cancer risk than those who ate the least.
A large-scale epidemiological Iowa Women’s Health Study looked at the garlic consumption in 41,000 middle-aged women. Results showed that women who regularly consumed garlic had 35% lower risk of developing colon cancer.
Sulfur-rich foods help to give you healthy hair, skin and nails. Sulfur foods are important as this mineral is present in every one of your cells. Sulfur deficiency is a big threat to vegans and vegetarians who do not consume any eggs or dairy food. Sulfur foods are primarily found in unprocessed animal foods and seafood. It is also found in great abundance in raw egg yolks.
Several population studies show an association between increased intake of garlic and reduced risk of certain cancers, including cancers of the stomach, colon, esophagus, pancreas and breast. The European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) concluded that higher intakes of onion and garlic were associated with a reduced risk of intestinal cancer.
Several studies conducted in China centered on garlic consumption and cancer risk. In one study, investigators found that frequent consumption of garlic and various types of onions and chives was associated with reduced risk of esophageal and stomach cancers, with greater risk reductions seen for higher levels of consumption. Similarly, in another study, the consumption of allium vegetables, especially garlic and onions, was linked to a reduced risk of stomach cancer. In another study, greater intake of allium vegetables (more than 10 g per day vs. less than 2.2 g per day) was associated with an approximate 50% reduction in prostate cancer risk.
Evidence also suggests that increased garlic consumption may reduce pancreatic cancer risk. A study conducted in the San Francisco Bay area found that pancreatic cancer risk was 54% lower in people who ate larger amounts of garlic compared with those who ate lower amounts.
In addition, a study in France found that increased garlic consumption was associated with a statistically significant reduction in breast cancer risk.[8undefined] After considering total calorie intake and other established risk factors, breast cancer risk was reduced in those consuming greater amounts of fiber, garlic and onions.
 Daily intake is usually 800-900 milligrams of sulfur per day. Certain health conditions, such as arthritis and liver disorders, may be improved by increasing the intake of sulfur to 1,500 milligrams per day in supplemental form (most commonly as methylsulfonylmethane, or MSM). Sulfur-rich foods include eggs, legumes, whole grains, garlic, onions, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage according to Dr. Michael T. Murray. http://www.sharecare.com/question/recommended-dietary-allowance-for-sulfur
 Researchers once thought that the chemical called allicin was responsible for garlic’s benefits, as well as its distinctive smell. But we now know that it is the other chemicals in garlic, including the sulfur-containing compounds, that may help lower cholesterol, fight heart disease, and help prevent cancers. http://health.rush.edu/HealthInformation/Complementary%20and%20Alternative%20Medicine/33/000245.aspx
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 Chan JM, Wang F, Holly EA. Vegetable and fruit intake and pancreatic cancer in a population-based case-control study in the San Francisco bay area. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention 2005; 14(9):2093–2097
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Oxyradicals are involved in multiple mutational events and can contribute to the conversion of healthy cells to cancer cells. Glutathione (GSH) and the GSH-replenishing enzymes keep the antioxidant status of normal cells at a level where they can avert oxyradical-derived mutations. When we talk about sulfur pathways and sulfur sufficiency we are at the same time touching on glutathione because glutathione is a sulfur enzyme.
Selenium compounds have been shown to have powerful anticarcinogenic activity. In view of certain similarities between selenium and sulfur biochemistry, scientists tested selenocystamine/ cysteamine, semethylselenocysteine/ S-methylcysteine and selenobetaine-sulfobetaine. In these sulfur compounds only cystamine and S-methylcysteine produced anticancer activity. These sulfur-selenium compounds are active in cancer protection and may have a multi-modal mechanism in preventing cellular transformation as well as in delaying or inhibiting the expression of malignancy after carcinogen exposure.
Garlic also contains selenium, which
is crucial for glutathione enzymes.
Glutathione, the most important antioxidant in the body, is that place where sulfur and selenium meet up to protect us from cancer. The immune system cannot function properly without it and antioxidants such as vitamins C and E rely on it to function properly within the body. The glutathione and cancer connection has been well established. Patients with cancer, serious chronic illness, AIDS and over 60 other diseases have reduced glutathione levels. Glutathione plays a specific role in the detoxification of many well known cancer-causing and cell-damaging substances in our environment.
Glutathione, an antioxidant produced by the body that fastens to and gets rid of toxins, is necessary to help purge the body of poisonous metabolic waste and to maintain the immune system. When exposed to oxidative stress like drugs, toxic chemicals, disease, aging, stress, and inflammation, glutathione levels drop.
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Glutathione is considered to be the most powerful, most versatile and most important of the body’s self-generated antioxidants that are found in almost all living cells. It is also considered to be one of the most powerful anticancer agents manufactured by the body. Glutathione works as a detoxification agent to remove heavy metals and other common toxins that our bodies are exposed to on a regular basis. It is also used to aid in treatment of liver disease, ulcers and neurological conditions, as well as to assist in overall immune function. Reduced Glutathione suppositories utilize an antioxidant makeup to aid the body in neutralizing free radicals and prevent their formation, while protecting valuable proteins.
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Recommended by Dr. Garry Gordon, Dr. Lyn Hanshew and Dr. Charles Scott because it increases intracellular glutathione by over 10% in 7 hours. Sub mucosal absorption: instant bioavailability. Taking supplemental glutathione orally is usually a waste of time because it has a very poor absorption rate. This glutathione creates similar blood levels as intravenous infusion. Nanotechnology, liposomalized glutathione has an exceptionally high rate of absorption. Glutathione is important enough that two or all three methods of application should be employed. As with most of the protocol substances, it’s important to use high concentrations to receive the full potential of a pharmaceutical effect.
There is always intravenous glutathione for the most medically challenging situations but when using nebulization, this oral sub muscosal formula and suppositories together one can compete in effectiveness with IV application at a fraction of the cost. If one is not familiar with this most important enzyme please see this short video presentation.
A Japanese study showed that even low concentrations of DMSO (sulfur) had radio-protective effects through the facilitation of DNA double-strand break repair, providing protection against radiation damage at all cellular levels in the whole body. Boosting your body’s antioxidant levels is a key to surviving cancer. DMSO can be used for various medical applications.
In my Natural Allopathic Medicine protocol I suggest two principle products for sulfur supplementation. The first is organic sulfur and I have found a company with the best-priced and highest-quality product. Second I am recommending a new product from LL Magnetic Clay—magnesium oil with MSM (sulfur) added. It is a very nice transdermal way of driving sulfur into our systems and it makes the magnesium oil even oilier and better for the skin.
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Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil Ultra incorporates the unique synergistic benefits of MSM and magnesium. MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) has long been revered as a superior form of sulfur supplementation, but as a topical it enhances cell membrane permeability and facilitates more efficient uptake of magnesium ions. Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil Ultra contains approximately 1.6 g elemental magnesium and 3.6 g of MSM per fl oz. I’m sure my readers will like this new magnesium oil formula. It’s gentler on the skin—the MSM counteracts the itching.
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Organic sulfur (MSM) is an acid-forming mineral that is part of the chemical structure of the amino acids methionine, cysteine, taurine, and glutathione. Sulfur disinfects the blood, helps the body to resist bacteria, and protects the protoplasm of cells. It aids in necessary oxidation reactions in the body, stimulates bile secretion, and protects against the harmful effects of radiation and pollution. It is found in hemoglobin and in all body tissues and is needed for the synthesis of collagen, a principal protein that gives the skin its structural integrity.
You can add it to your morning smoothie, with bananas, pineapple, fruits and berries. You can add it to a big glass of water and add the juice of 1/4-1/2 of a lemon (or less, depending on your taste). Some people use apple cider vinegar instead of lemon juice. Find the amount that works best for you by experimenting. You can also dilute it further in water (I personally dilute 1-2 tablespoons in about a gallon of water and drink it throughout the day. This dilutes the slightly bitter taste, as well as saving me time, in that I don’t have to wait for it to dissolve in a glass of water). There are other ways to take it such as adding it to orange juice or tea. One health professional recommends a teaspoon in a 12-ounce glass of water with one teaspoon to one tablespoon of honey plus a pinch of cream of tartar (sold in the spices section of many stores, or online). That mixture takes away the bitter taste pretty well. Avoid hot liquids as too much heat breaks down the molecule.
Dosage: We recommend about 10 grams of organic sulfur per day on average, though many people take quite a bit more. For an average person with no specific health issues, a rounded teaspoon (about 5 grams) twice a day is about right, as the excess organic sulfur is cleared from the body in about 12 hours.
I have been recommending sodium thiosulfate for a number of years now. I find it helpful for removing heavy metals and as an antioxidant to help with sleep. I recommend about 8 drops a day in water or I have people make a 10% sodium thiosulfate solution (see next paragraph). Sodium thiosulfate is also used in much larger amounts as an IV buffer or a flush after a cancer patient has had chemotherapy. Sodium thiosulfate removes arsenic as well as cyanide from the body and helps considerably with calcification. It is actually very useful stuff as all pet fish lovers know.
To make the 10% ST solution, just add 10 grams ST to 90 grams (ratio 1:9) of water and you will have the 10% solution so you can use drops if you want.
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Dosage: Follow directions of product used. Most retailers of sodium thiosulfate do not give recommended dosages for human use in diseases, only for water purification or photography use. Dr. Oleg Yasko in Russia recommends about 1-2 drops twice a week in a cup of tea or water… or if the granular is obtained, only one grain added is recommended. It is very potent stuff. If one feels to take more increase dose with caution.
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Alpha-lipoic acid is equally important for it will, along with selenium, raise glutathione levels. Along with selenium, ALA will help us deal with mercury that is polluting the body.
According to Jones and Cherian, an ideal heavy metal chelator should be able to enter the cell easily, chelate the heavy metal from its complex with metallothionein or other proteins, and increase the excretion of the metal without its redistribution to other organs or tissues. According to Dr. Lyn Patrick “ALA satisfies at least two of the above criteria; i.e. absorption into the intracellular environment and complexing metals previously bound to other sulfhydryl proteins. ALA, when found unbound in the circulation, is able to trap circulating heavy metals, thus preventing cellular damage caused by metal toxicity. The fact that free ALA crosses the blood brain barrier is significant because the brain readily accumulates lead and mercury, where these metals are stored intracellularly in glial tissue.”
Patrick goes on to say, “ALA has been shown to increase both intra-and extracellular levels of glutathione in cell cultures, human erythrocytes, glial cells, and peripheral blood lymphocytes. Increases in glutathione levels seen with ALA administration are not only from the reduction of oxidized glutathione (one of the functions of ALA) but also from the synthesis of glutathione.”
ALA is also beneficial in diabetes to treat and prevent the complications. It enhances glucose uptake in non-insulin-dependent diabetes (NIDDM), inhibits glycosylation (the abnormal attachment of sugar to protein), and has been used to improve diabetic nerve damage and reduce pain associated with that nerve damage
There is preliminary evidence that ALA, taken in the amount of 150-200mg daily for one month, improves visual function in people with glaucoma. ALA has been shown to inhibit the replication of the HIV virus in the test tube. ALA has been given to people who have eaten poison mushrooms, significantly increasing the survival rate. ALA is presently used in therapy for a variety of liver and kidney disorders due to free radical damage and has been used to treat cancer along with a pharmaceutical drug called Naltrexone. Dr. Burt Berkson reports evidence of pancreatic cancers with liver metastases recovering through ALA/Naltrexone treatment.
The amount of ALA used in research to improve diabetic neuropathies is 600-1800 mg per day and 200 mg per day for glaucoma. 200 mg per day is recommended for general antioxidant protection in healthy people.
Dosage: Because of its chelation effect, one should only cautiously exceed recommended dosages.