What foods are good sources of sulfur/MSM?


Sulfur performs many vital functions for our body, such as forming connective tissues and producing an array of hormones, enzymes (Coenzyme A), vitamins (B1 and B7), and amino acids (cysteine and methionine). While a wide variety of vegetables and protein foods contain sulfur in the form of MSM (methylsulfonylmethane), much of this nutrient dissipates from cooking and modern food processing methods. Many degenerative diseases may be linked to a lack of sulfur in the human diet.

While many people commonly associate sulfur foods with eggs yolks, red meat, poultry, cheese, and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and bok choy, you may be surprised to learn that raw tomatoes, beer, and tea also contain measurable amounts of biotin (a sulfur-based vitamin known as B7) and MSM, as reported on the LiveStrong website:

A 43-gram serving of fresh tomatoes — 1 1/2 ounces, or just under 1/4 cup — contains approximately 0.3 microgram of biotin, or 1 percent of the recommended daily intake of the vitamin for adults. Tomatoes can also supply up to 0.86 ppm, or 0.86 milligram per liter, of MSM. To get the most MSM out of a tomato, you’ll need to eat it raw. Canned and cooked tomatoes will contain significantly less MSM per serving.

Both a 10-ounce glass of beer and a 7-ounce serving of tea contain around 0.3 of a microgram of biotin. Tea is a better source of MSM, with 0.3 ppm — also 0.3 milligram per liter — while beer has just under 0.2 ppm… Since MSM turns to gas quickly with the application of heat, the brewing process needed to prepare either beverage will cause some of the MSM to be lost before you can consume it.

According to a LiveStrong report that was written by Michelle Kerns, healthy adults need to consume about 30 micrograms of biotin every day. Below is a screenshot of a chart posted on the Nutrients Review website that lists some common foods that contain significant amounts of sulfur:

References

MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) | Grow Youthful
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Sulfur | NutrientsReview.com
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What Natural Foods Contain Biotin and MSM?
Michelle Kerns | LiveStrong
June 16, 2015
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