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Sulfur is a mineral found in the body which is an important component of cysteine, methionine, taurine, and glutathione. It is also a component of biotin and vitamin B1. It is used in the treatment of aluminum, cadmium, mercury, and lead poisoning.[1].

Food Sources


The following foods are natural sources of sulfur. For a more expansive list on food sources of specific nutrients visit Health Canada's Dietary Reference Intakes for Elements or USDA's National Nutrient Database

Other food sources include:[2]


The following are the primary uses for sulfur: [1]

Deficiency Symptoms

There are no proven symptoms of sulfur deficiency.

Excess Symptoms

Unlikely to threaten life or cause significant symptoms[1]

Assessment Procedure

There are no available lab tests to detect deficiency.

Prescribing Considerations

  • The recommended dosages varies based on age and health status. To determine what your specific requirements are talk to your naturopathic doctor or other trained medical professional.


  • Adults Over 55 Years: No problems are expected.
  • Pregnancy: No problems are expected.
  • Breastfeeding: No problems are expected.

Drug Interacations

  • Drug Interactions include: None are known [1]

Other Interactions

  • Other Interactions include: [1]
  • Tobacco - Decreases absorption of sulfur. Smokers may require supplementation.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Griffith Winter (2000) Vitamins, Herbs, Minerals & Supplements: The Complete Guide, Revised Edition, MJF Books'
  2. Medlineplus [1]