Sulfur amino acids: What they are and why they are important

L-methionine moleculeSulfur amino acids such as methionine, cysteine, homocysteine and taurine help with the flexibility of connective tissue and are absolutely essential for detoxification in the liver and elsewhere.

Sulfur amino acids are important for glutathione production, sulfation (a major pathway for detoxification), protein synthesis, and methylation. They are among the most important of the amino acids, while sulfur is the most abundant mineral in our body after calcium and phosphorus.

As documented on the Weston A. Price website, a study published in the August 26, 2001 issue of the Nutrition journal makes a strong case against plant-based diets for prevention of heart disease. The title alone, “Vegetarianism produces subclinical malnutrition, hyperhomocysteinemia and atherogenesis,” sounds a ominous warning. Study participants who consumed a plant-based diet were found to be low in all of the sulfur-containing amino acids. The researchers noted that consuming soy was not the answer, for soy is notoriously low in methionine, which is an essential amino acid needed to produce proteins. The bottom line is we must eat protein rich in bioavailable, sulfur-containing amino acids.

As Dr. Stephanie Seneff has documented on various websites, sulfur is vital for disease prevention and maintenance of good health. In terms of heart disease, sulfur deficiency not only leads to high homocysteine levels, but is the likeliest reason some clinical trials using B6, B12 and folate interventions have proved ineffective for the prevention of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases.

Sulfur and Sulfur-Containing Amino Acids
by Lawrence Wilson, MD | The Center For Development

Heart of the Matter: Sulfur Deficits in Plant-Based Diets
by Kaayla Daniel | Weston A. Price Foundation

The Importance of Sulfur Amino Acids (PDF download)
Metametrix Clinical Laboratory

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