It’s funny.  We think about what foods to add to lower cholesterol such as raw nuts and fish oils.  We think about what foods to avoid to lower cholesterol such as omega-6 containing oils (sunflower, soybean, peanut, cottonseed, etc..), hydrogenated oils and refined carbs.  This article adds yet another dimension–the elevation of lipid levels when a certain mineral is NOT present in the diet.

Sulfur, as a mineral, does all kinds of good things for the body.  It is essential for the maintanence of healthy joints.  It supports the sulfation pathway of detoxification in the liver.  And, looking at this study, diets that are low in sulfur will result in elevations in blood lipids such as cholesterol and triglycerides.

Foods high in sulfur include the cruciferous veggies like broccoli and cauliflower (of course!), onions, garlic and eggs.  And, as expected, these types of foods are good for us in a variety of ways and not just limited to their sulfur content.  So make sure you add these foods into your anti-diabetic lifestyles.

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James Bogash

For more than a decade, Dr. Bogash has stayed current with the medical literature as it relates to physiology, disease prevention and disease management. He uses his knowledge to educate patients, the community and cyberspace on the best way to avoid and / or manage chronic diseases using lifestyle and targeted supplementation.