Can I take organic sulfur if I am taking a thyroid supplement?

Hypothyroid woman holding her throatReader asks, Both my son and I take thyroid medicine for a hypothyroid condition. Have you ever heard anyone saying they are taking a thyroid supplement but can’t take sulfur because of thyroid disease? I’m excited to try your product and really feel it can make a difference but am concerned about this.

My response

There are a number of foods that contain goitrogens, which are compounds that make it more difficult for the thyroid gland to create its hormones. For instance, isothiocyanates are compounds found in cruciferous vegetables that are known to interfere with iodine uptake and consist of the chemical group –N=C=S (nitrogen, carbon, and sulfur).

On the other hand, organic sulfur (scientific name: methylsulfonylmethane or MSM) is a food supplement that is composed of carbon, hydrogen, sulfur, and oxygen. Many people believe they are allergic to sulfur when, in reality, their body has difficulty processing inorganic (synthetic) compounds containing sulfides or sulfites. Per PubMed, sulfur is the sixth most abundant macromineral in breast milk and the third most abundant mineral based on percentage of total body weight.

Organic sulfur provides two important functions for the body: It transports oxygen to cells so the cells can replicate themselves in a healthy manner and, as noted on the Niwali Health Products website, it serves as a powerful detoxification agent that can be taken on a daily basis to help remove heavy metals from your system. Organic sulfur doesn’t remain permanently in the body and a fresh supply must be provided every 12 hours in order for the supplement to continue working.

Iodine deficiency is a very common problem affecting millions (particularly women) that directly affects the thyroid. Over the past year, I have been studying how iodine was taken out of the American diet and demonized by the mainstream medical community decades ago and how bromide dominance has contributed to the chronic thyroid problems and breast cancers that we see today. In response, I have been using this book that I bought on Amazon as my iodine bible:

The Iodine Crisis, by Lynne Farrow

When you are deficient in iodine, your thyroid gland doesn’t manufacture enough thyroxin, a hormone which you must have in sufficient supply for all your other glands to work properly. When you don’t have enough thyroxin, you are sluggish and get tired way easily. Getting enough iodine can help alleviate a common thyroid problem such as Hashimoto’s or Graves disease.

While sulfur is highly reactive, the one element that sulfur does not interact with is iodine. If you take an iodine supplement or thyroid medication, be sure to take organic sulfur first, then wait 30 minutes before taking the other products.

As noted in articles posted by Dr. Jockers and WebMD, organic sulfur is considered safe to use and no evidence of toxicity has been noted. Nevertheless, it is always advisable (especially in the case of pregnant or nursing mothers) to seek advice from your doctor concerning any new supplementation.


Iodine and The Thyroid — Worth A Second Glance
by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP
Women To Women

Goitrogens And Thyroid Health — The Good News!
by Marcelle Pick

Why You Should Eat Sulfur-Rich Vegetables
Mark’s Daily Apple
Feb 7, 2012

Organic sulfur crystals are a miracle food that provides amazing health benefits
Ethan Huff
Natural News
July 22, 2010

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