Sunday, August 22, 2010

'Rotten Eggs' Gas and Inflammation in Arthritic Joints

ScienceDaily (2010-08-20) -- Hydrogen sulfide is a gas more commonly associated with the smell of "rotten eggs" and blocked drains. However, it has now been shown to be present naturally in our bodies and reside in knee joint synovial fluid, the protective fluid found in the cavities of joints that reduces friction between the cartilage of joints during movement. Synovial fluid H2S may play a role in reducing inflammation in joints.

Sulfur, a very beneficial and healing element, has been found to be protective of joints.

A great way to provide the body with sulfur is through the diet.

  • Garlic, onions, and all of the allium family
  • Grains
    • methionine: corn, sunflower seeds, oats, chocolate, cashews, walnuts, almonds, sesame seeds (in that order).
    • cysteine: oats, corn
  • Legumes, including carob and jicama
  • Red meats
  • eggs
    • chicken
    • duck
  • Nuts & seeds
  • Broccoli and all cole-family (brassica) vegetables. This includes cabbages, bok choy, mustard, and watercress.
  • Asparagus
  • Coconut
  • Avocado (high in glutathione, which breaks down during digestion, yielding cysteine)
  • Watermelon (also high in glutathione)
  • Swiss Chard
  • Parsley
  • Sweet potatoes and "yams"
  • Bananas
  • Tomatoes (MSM)
  • Tea & coffee: MSM
  • Dairy products (Cows' milk: MSM. other milks?)
  • Whey proteins (high in cysteine & methionine)
  • Amino acids: cysteine, methionine
  • Thiamin / Thiamine / Vitamin B1 / aneurine
  • Biotin, Vitamin B7 or Vitamin H

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