Recent studies have proven the value of sulfur-containing compounds in the treatment of collagen tissue problems of cartilage and ligaments. The two most commonly studied and prescribed compounds are glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate. These compounds have been acclaimed as the "magic bullets" for arthritic problems. However, they can only be utilized when ample supplies of organic sulfur are available.
The supply of sulfur in our food is chiefly dependent on the amount and quality of protein we ingest. Nutrition textbooks, however, dismiss the need for dietary supplementation of sulfur by stating that an optimum protein diet will lead inevitably to an adequate sulfur intake. As usual, they neglect to add that it is vitally important to be able to digest that diet. This can seldom be accomplished by those seeking health care. Supplementing inorganic sulfur (such as chondroitin sulfate) is not nearly as successful in relieving symptoms as a "magic bullet" as it is when combined with improving the dietary intake and digestion or organic sulfur found in food and herbs. For that reason we recommend proper diet, digestion and assimilation combined with dietary supplementation when necessary.
Common Symptoms of Sulfur Deficiency:
-History of osteoarthritis or gout
-Musculoskeletal pain, difficulty walking
-Bone and joint pain
-Inflammation, including fever, redness, swelling, or loss of range of motion
-Stiff joints or sore muscles
Here is a great article on the importance of sulfur: http://westonaprice.org/abcs-of-nutrition/sulfur-deficiency
Dr. Todd Rodman