Reader asks, “If a sulfate is highly insoluble in water, does that imply that my body will have a hard time disposing of it through the bowels? I’m referring to a Wikipedia entry which states that sulfates made up of strontium, lead, barium, or radium are highly insoluble. Please advise.”
Response from my sulfur supplier, Patrick McGean
I believe you will find that mineral sulfur and organic sulfur are both water-soluble. The ionic sulfates that are described in the Wikipedia article sulfate out of the body of man. Wiki knows nothing about the sulfur cycle, sulfur, and human metabolism.
Sulfate: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Many examples of ionic sulfates are known, and many of these are highly soluble in water. Exceptions include calcium sulfate, strontium sulfate, lead(II) sulfate, and barium sulfate, which are poorly soluble. Radium sulfate is the most insoluble sulfate known.
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