Sulfur is found in every celi in your body, but it is concentrated mostly in your hair, skin, and nails. In fact, sulfur has been nick named the “beauty mineral” because it keeps hair shiny and healthy. Sulfur is an important constituent of the amino acids cys tine and cysteine, both involved in hair health. In addition, sulfur is abundant in keratin, the hair protein. There’s no recommended daily intake for sulfur. If you eat enough protein, you’ll consume an ample amount of sulfur. Foods rich in sulfur include meat, fish, legumes, nuts, eggs, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts.
Diets high in protein and wholegrain products are usually loaded with zinc. Among other zincendowed foods are red meat, oysters, nuts, seeds, and brewer’s yeast. Normally, you need only 12 milligrams daily of zinc; if breast feeding, you need 19 milligrams. Most diets supply betvveen 10 and 15 milligrams a day.
Philip Kîngsley is a consultant, vvriter, researcher, and author, vvith practices in London and New York City. He is the author of The Complete Hair Book (Grosset and Dun lap, 1979) and Hair: An Owner’s Handbook (Aurum, 1997). İn addition, he has researched and coauthored two majör scientific studies on vvomen’s hair loss, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatol ogy and Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, respeçtively.