I have dealt with systemic candida for over four years and have spent countless hours on research along with thousands of dollars trying to find relief. Let me just say I am not a doctor, but all of the sulphur compounds on your list actually help inhibit candida NOT make it worse. What you are experiencing is a "Herx" reaction caused by a die off effect. The Sulfur Solution
Sulfur is unquestionably an essential nutrient. So why doesn't anyone consider it that?
Imagine a nutrient more important to health than magnesium, zinc, iron, copper, sodium, iodine-and, for that matter, many vitamins. Assume that it has incredibly diverse roles, boosting resistance to disease, helping regulate blood sugar, preventing aches and pains, and even holding your skin and organs together.
It's a nutrient so essential for life that you would die without it. But get this: it has been all but ignored by dietitians, physicians, and researchers.
The nutrient is sulfur, a yellow mineral referred to as brimstone in the Bible and used medicinally for thousands of years.
Flip through most nutrition textbooks, and you'll discover that sulfur is hardly ever mentioned, despite it being the third most abundant mineral (after calcium and phosphorus) in the body, accounting for 1 percent of your weight.
"Yes, sulfur is essential," says Ekhard E. Ziegler, M.D., of the University of Iowa School of Medicine, Iowa City, and coeditor of the authoritative Present Knowledge in Nutrition (ILSI Press, 1996). "But no, it's not essential beyond it being in methionine and cysteine. You get enough sulfur from amino acids."
Mel Werbach, M.D., author of the Textbook of Nutritional Medicine (Third Line Press, 1999), sees sulfur as a blind spot in nutrition and medicine. "The value of sulfur supplementation has been poorly investigated," he observes, "even though sulfur baths and injections are old-fashioned Arthritis
treatments which are still popular in many countries."
Found in Every Living Cell
The dearth of research on nutritional sulfur is puzzling. Because it is an element, the body cannot make it and, instead, must obtain sulfur from food.
"Here is an essential nutrient that no one sees as being that," says Ronald M. Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D., coauthor of The Miracle of MSM: The Natural Solution for Pain (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1999). "We don't learn anything about sulfur in medical school. Sulfur has been the most understudied and overlooked nutrient."
Sulfur is found in every living cell. It's part of the molecules that form the amino acids (protein building blocks) methionine, cysteine, and taurine, which are essential for health. It's a constituent of vitamin B1 and biotin, the antioxidant glutathione, the anticoagulant heparin, and coenzyme A, which drives energy production in cells. Sulfur is an integral part of the biological cement that forms skin, hair, nails, and the cartilage that shapes your nose and pads your joints.
Yet, says Lawrence, there is no officially recognized "sulfur-deficiency syndrome." That's a problem other nutrients, such as vitamin E and selenium, had to suffer with for years-before they were recognized as essential for health, he adds.
Long Used as a Medicine
The medicinal use of sulfur goes back thousands of years to the Trojan Wars, when wounded solders healed in the sulfur Baths of Agamemnon. Sulfur baths are still popular for treating joint and other diseases around the world. Similarly, sulfur-rich garlic has been used for several millennia to prevent and treat diseases. It contains powerful antibacterial substances, which may explain the garlic's extensive use as a folk medicine.
Sulfur is also a common ingredient in homeopathic remedies, developed in the 19th century and still popular today as over-the-counter remedies. In the 1920s, "colloidal sulfur" was used to treat arthritics. Now, researchers understand that sulfur forms part of the matrix of bone joints in the form of chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine sulfate.
Before the advent of Antibiotics
in the 1940s, sulfur-containing drugs-sulfa drugs-were commonly used to treat infectious diseases. Sulfur has powerful antibacterial properties. Many of sulfa drugs are still prescribed by physicians, and sulfur is a component of penicillin-class Antibiotics
and many other medicines.
Do you get enough sulfur from the diet you eat? Many dietitians will say that people obtain adequate sulfur as long as they eat methionine-rich meat. But other foods also provide large amounts of sulfur, including egg yolks, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, Brussel sprouts, watercress, radish, leek, onion, and of course garlic. Unfortunately, many people dislike these foods or, as in the case of eggs, avoid them. If so you should take a look and cosider taking the supplements below.
Some of the most popular-and beneficial-dietary supplements on the market are rich sources of sulfur. A diverse group of sulfur-containing molecules in the diet provides a biochemical "toolbox" that the body can draw on. Indeed, Lawrence says research has demonstrated that supplemental sulfur is incorporated into amino acids.
Sulfur is also a critical mineral needed in the dotoxification process. Read more about detoxification here.
These are some of the most popular sulfur-containing supplements:
Glucosamine Synergy™ - Glucosamine Synergy™ contains sulfate. Both help form tissue, particularly pads cushion joints. Thin or absent joint cartilage results osteoarthritis, which bones grind against other. Medical studies support both supplements. an analysis 13 studies, Case Western University School Medicine reported supplements each resulted 40 improvement in symptoms. Some research has also sulfate works better than analgesic drugs at relieving pain. In recent U.S. Navy study, researchers found that a combination of chondroitin glucosamine sulfate, vitamin C reduced osteoarthritic symptoms by 26 to 43 percent (depending on the specific symptom). Dosage: glucosamine, 1,500 mg, and chondroitin, 1,200 mg daily.< P>
Garlic - Sitting on the shelf, garlic has little biological activity. But dicing and cooking it triggers a cascade of chemical reactions (starting with oxidation), that lead to more than 100 sulfur-rich chemical compounds, including some sulfur-containing amino acids. Garlic boosts antioxidant levels in the body, and virtually every form of the food has some health benefits. Studies have found that garlic supplements can lower cholesterol levels in people. John Milner, Ph.D., of Pennsylvania State University, University Park, and other researchers have reported that garlic can block the action of cancer-causing compounds and, in laboratory animals, delay the growth of some cancers. Dosage: 1-2 Capsules per day or as directed by your physician.
Glutathione - Described by chemists as a tripeptide (composed of cysteine, glycine, and glutamic acid), glutathione is the most powerful antioxidant made by the human body. Not surprisingly, low blood levels of glutathione are associated with heart disease, cancer, and other diseases. In addition, glutathione also helps the liver break down toxic chemicals, whether they are absorbed from the environment or produced by the body. Researchers recently reported that diets high in glutathione protected against lung cancer. Good dietary sources of glutathione include beef, potatoes, winter squash, oranges, and tomatoes. More than 90 percent of the nonprotein-bound sulfur in cells is found in glutathione. Dosage: 75-150 mg daily.
Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) - Although scientific research on MSM is limited, 55,000 studies have been published on the closely related dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO). Stanley Jacob, M.D., of Oregon health Sciences University, Portland, a pioneer in researching both MSM, has found MSM very effective in reducing muscle and joint pain, interstitial cystitis (a type of very painful bladder inflammation). According to Jacob, MSM also eases symptoms of scleroderma, a chronic degenerative disease that scars skin, joints, and connective tissue. By weight, MSM is 34 percent sulfur. Dosage: 1,000-2,000 mg daily.
N-acetylcysteine - Virtually every hospital emergency room stocks N-acetylcysteine (NAC) as an antidote for acetaminophen (Tylenol) poisoning. Acetaminophen depresses glutathione production in the liver, whereas NAC restores it. In a study of 262 elderly people, supplements of 1,2000 mg of NAC daily reduced the occurrence of flu symptoms by two-thirds. Researchers at Stanford University have reported that high dosages of NAC significantly extend the life expectancy of AIDS patients. Preliminary research also suggests that it may be helpful in preventing cancer. , NAC is completely safe, unlike pure cysteine, which can damage brain cells. Dosage: 500-2,000 mg daily.
S-adenosyl-L-methionine - Better known as SAMe (pronounced "sammy"), this nutrient plays a central role in a process biochemists call methylation. By donating "methyl groups," containing carbon and hydrogen, to 40 major chemical reactions, SAMe promotes the building of new cells and essential processes in existing cells. Because of these fundamental roles in health, SAMe has been shown helpful in treating depression, controlling inflammation and pain, and speeding healing. Dosage: 200-400 mg daily.
Sulfur is generally considered to be the 8th or 9th most abundant mineral in the human body. It is stored in every cell in the body, with the highest concentrations being in the joints, hair, skin, and nails. Sulfur is also the least researched major mineral.
As part of four amino acids, sulfur performs a number of functions in enzyme reactions and protein synthesis. It is necessary for formation of collagen, the protein found in connective tissue in our bodies. Sulfur is also present in keratin, which is necessary for the maintenance of the skin, hair, and nails, helping to give strength, shape, and hardness to these protein tissues. Sulfur, as cystine and methionine, is part of other important body chemicals: insulin, which helps regulate carbohydrate metabolism, and heparin, an anticoagulant. Taurine is found in bile acids, used in digestion. The sulfur-containing amino acids help form other substances as well, such as biotin, coenzyme A, lipoic acid, and glutathione. The mucopoly-saccharides may contain chondroitin sulfate, which is important to joint tissues.
Sulfur is important to cellular respiration, as it is needed in the oxidation-reduction reactions that help the cells utilize oxygen, which aids brain function and all cell activity. These reactions are dependent on cysteine, which also helps the liver produce bile secretions and eliminate other toxins. L-cysteine is thought to generally help body detoxification mechanisms through the tripeptide compound, glutathione.
Sulfur deficiency has been associated with the following symptoms or illnesses:
Lung Dysfunction - Inflammation
Slow Wound Healing
A basic candida diet restricts carbohydrates, fruit, sugar, alcohol, cheese, peanut butter, and vinegar. Fish, vegetables and whole grains can be eaten. Probotic supplements to restore natural intestinal flora are part of the protocal along with digestive enzymes to help break down nutrients. Helpful Herbal teas and tinctures include fennel seeds, garlic, and pau d'arco. Fennel seeds exhibits both anti-yeast and anti-inflammatory activity. Garlic is high in sulphur which kills yeast. Pau d'arco bark has anti-fungal properties as tea or tincture. Adding fresh nasturtium flowers and leaves to a salad can inhibit excess yeast growth due to natural sulfur compounds.