Methionine is a sulfur-containing essential amino acid that your body cannot synthesize – meaning, that it must be obtained from either a food source such as eggs, meat, or nuts or a dietary supplement. Working closely with cysteine, methionine functions as a building block in the synthesis of other proteins such as carnitine, melatonin, and the master antioxidant, glutathione. Endowed with anti-inflammatory properties, methionine reduces the depositing of fat in the liver, strengthens the nails, and works to combat hair loss.
Found in every living cell, sulfur constitutes about 140 grams in the human body, primarily in the form of two sulfur amino acids: methionine and cysteine. These amino acids influence our hemoglobin, hormones, enzymes, and antibodies. They also directly affect production of cartilage. Studies have shown that healthy individuals have about three times more sulfur in their cartilage than arthritis patients. When an arthritis sufferer is also sulfur-deficient, damaged and inflamed tissues tend to take a long time to heal.
Hair and nails contain strands of a tough protein known as keratin that is 6% sulfur. On the other hand, collagen is the main protein found in connective tissue, while cartilage tissues contain proteins with flexible sulfur bonds.
In addition, sulfur is used by the body to dispose of accumulated waste products. As noted in a post on DC Nutrition:
The liver uses sulfate to process waste materials. It adds sulfate to a variety of foreign compounds and metabolic end products to inactivate them and to increase their water solubility to help flush them out of the body.
When there is a short supply of sulfur in the body, the cell wall hardens and cell membranes become less permeable. When that happens, there is a reduction in the transportation of oxygen and nutrients to the cells, as well as the accumulation of toxic metabolic waste products inside the cells which can lead to reduced energy and degenerative disease.
HOW DO METHIONINE AND CYSTEINE RELATE TO EBOLA?
The current strain of the west African Zaire Ebola virus is said to have no known cure. The cytokine storm (inflammatory surge) that results in hemorrhaging, internal clotting, and catastrophic dehydration that results in the patient’s demise must be addressed. Providing the body with the time it needs to ramp up its immune cells that can attack and destroy the virus is crucial.
Various herbal medicines and vitamins have been suggested as a way to boost the immune system. They include nano-silver, Vitamins C and E, licorice, turmeric, and green tea. According to Dr. John Apsley, methionine and N-acetylcysteine (a cysteine donor commonly used in hospitals as a Tylenol antidote), can help reduce viral inflammation by inhibiting the production of nitric oxide.
By taking organic sulfur daily, you can provide your body with three powerful antioxidants: methionine, cysteine, and taurine.
DISCOVER WHETHER YOU’RE SULFUR-DEFICIENT
The unique audio frequencies in your voice represent a hidden window into the current state of your health, including, whether you’re getting enough sulfur from your diet. In a recent blog post, I described the vocal print software programs that are developed and marketed by Sharry Edwards and her team at Sound Health Options. As a test, I recorded the voices of two friends who are not taking organic sulfur as part of their daily health regimen. The charts that I produced from their vocal prints revealed that one friend was consistently low in the master antioxidant, glutathione, while the other was deficient in its precursor, methionine.
Amino Acid Studies
Methionine and cysteine affect glutathione level, glutathione-related enzyme activities and the expression of glutathione S-transferase isozymes in rat hepatocytes.
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Sulfur (S) – General Discussion
Sulfur is unquestionably an essential nutrient. So why doesn’t anyone consider it that?
By Jack Challem
The MSM Miracle
The official website of the MSM – Medical Information Foundation
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