Reader says, I maintain a strict dietary regimen where I eat mostly raw, organic produce and protein-rich foods from sustainable sources. I was recently tested for sulfur and learned that my intake was more than sufficient. Of what benefit would your supplement provide for me?
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To expedite our discussion, I will assume that you are not sulfur-deficient and elect to focus on another feature of the product. Organic sulfur is not only a rich source of bioavailable sulfur, it also provides access to a beneficial molecule called a methyl group.
A methyl group is composed of one carbon atom bonded with three hydrogen atoms and is notated with a scientific formula of CH3. In his report entitled “What is Methylation and Why Should You Care About it,” naturopathic doctor Alan Miller describes the beneficial role that methyl groups play in the biochemical process called methylation.
The topic of methylation is getting its fair share of attention lately, and rightly so. Methylation is a simple biochemical process – it is the transfer of four atoms – one carbon atom and three hydrogen atoms (CH3) – from one substance to another.
When optimal methylation occurs, it has a significant positive impact on many biochemical reactions in the body that regulate the activity of the cardiovascular, neurological, reproductive, and detoxification systems, including those relating to: DNA production, Neurotransmitter production, Detoxification, Histamine metabolism, Estrogen metabolism, Eye health, Fat metabolism, Cellular energy, and Liver health.
As noted in SelfHacked’s report entitled, “19 Reasons High Homocysteine is Dangerous + Natural Ways to Decrease It,” homocysteine is an amino acid that has been implicated as a biomarker for many chronic illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, and neurodegenerative disorders when it is present at excessive levels.
On the other hand, methionine is an essential sulfur-based amino acid that helps to regulate homocysteine levels in the body and provide a number of health benefits. For instance, methionine improves the health of our hair, skin, and nails, and facilitates tissue repair, heavy metal chelation, and the prevention of excess fat build-up in the liver. Moreover, methionine plays a key role in the methylation process as a methyl donor to homocysteine, which accepts the donated methyl group to become methionine.
Since methyl groups are an inherent ingredient in each package of organic sulfur, the food supplement can directly participate in the methylation process as a methyl donor.
What is Methylation and Why Should You Care About it
Alan Miller, ND
Thorne Staff, U.S.