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High Sulfur Foods to Lower Your Blood Pressure

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Open up a boiled egg in the lunchroom and people will scatter. This is the odor of sulfur!

Why do cooked eggs smell? It is the hydrogen sulfide (HS) gas with a distinct odor. But make no mistake, it is healthy for us.

HS is produced in the blood vessels and helps them to relax, thus lowering blood pressure. It has been shown that low levels of sulfur in the body increase blood pressure.

Sulfur is one of the most abundant nutrients in the body. It isn’t as glamorous as other minerals like magnesium and calcium that steal the limelight, but it packs a powerful health punch.

Due to its effectiveness at lowering blood pressure, pharmaceutical companies want to develop drugs that increase hydrogen sulfide in the body.

Why would we do that?  We can increase it with foods high in sulfur!

Do You Know About the Glycocalyx?

The glycocalyx is the slippery inner lining of your blood vessels. It covers the endothelial cells and keeps harmful particles out. The glycocalyx holds a great deal of sulfur.  Without this sulfur or a healthy glycocalyx, scerlotic plaque can form in the endothelial lining and amazingly  the plaque then releases sulfur. Although, of course, we do not want the plaque in the first place, our body has an amazing way of knowing we need sulfur and therefore produces it!

Interestingly, cholesterol goes up when sulfur is low. Sulfur helps to transport cholesterol out of the blood vessels so it doesn’t stick around and cause damage. Sulfur builds and repairs DNA and offers protection for cells.It is essential for recycling glutathione which is a major antioxidant that combats oxidative stress which leads to high blood pressure.

Top Ten Foods High in Sulfur

Source high quality, organic foods to get the most bang for your buck. Soil is so depleted of minerals; we have to search for the best options.

  1. Onion Family – onions, scallions, shallots, garlic and leeks all contain organosulfur compounds. In order to get the most sulfur, eat these raw. The heat breaks down the compounds. If you are going to cook them, cut them and wait 10 minutes before cooking.
  2. Brassica Vegetables – Sulforaphane is an organosulfur compound and found in high amounts in broccoli (especially sprouts) brussel sprouts, cauliflower and cabbage. There are specific ways to cook these vegetables that will optimize their sulfate levels. Broccoli should be lightly steamed, 3-4 minutes until it is tough but tender. It may take a little push to get the fork in! Cabbage needs to be lightly steamed and cut about 10 minutes before cooking. Cauliflower can be steamed or baked with spices like cumin and turmeric or curry with olive oil.
  3. Radishes – add sliced radishes to salad simply dunk in your favorite dip
  4. Watercress – great in salad, soup, pesto and stir fries
  5. Eggs – egg eaters have a 21% lower risk of hypertension! But you must eat the yolk as well!
  6. Grass fed beef/meat – protein in meat contains sulfur-rich amino acids like cysteine and methionine. Eat the organs. Check out CrowdCow.com for the best meats.
  7. Fish and seafood – fish as well as shrimp, scallops, mussels and prawns. For the best seafood, check out VitalChoice.com
  8. Spices: curry and ginger – these spices can be used daily on protein or in tea (fresh ginger).
  9. Nuts and Seeds – sesame seeds are very high in sulfur and tahini is a great addition to smoothies or in homemade dips. Pine nuts are fantastic in pesto and also high in sulfur.
  10. San Pellegrino – Okay, not a food, but this sparkling beverage contains the highest amount of sulfate in water that we know of – 459 mg per liter! San means “saint” and was called San Pellegrino as it was so revered for its healing properties since the 1300’s.

There are many ways to get sulfur into the diet to lower blood pressure. From breakfast through dinner choose foods from the above list to include in your daily diet and sip on Pelligrino as I do all day!

What about supplements?

There are so many options for sulfur in supplements, let me give you two of my favorites:

  1. Arterosil– check out Arterosil.com- 1 cap 2x per day. WOLFSON is my code.
  2. Daily Defense– our protein shake mix loaded with sulfur-based nutrients.

If you are needing extra support you can supplement:

Gut protect this is a great product formulated to support GI health and has MSM (providing a fantastic source of natural sulfur)

Taurine is a sulfur containing amino acid

BP Renew – contains alpha lipoic acid which is associated with increased sulfur levels

Garlic Force – as we discussed above garlic contains sulfur in high amounts. Allicin in garlic is what contains the sulfur. Supplementing is a great way to get more of this sulfur containing food in larger amounts. Eating 5 cloves a day may  not be feasible for everyone.

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