Sulfate plays an important role in many biological processes. It is found in every cell of human body. It is essential for production of collagen and for maintaining healthy skin, nails and hair. It is known to help flush toxins, to purify and detoxify the body of medications and environmental contaminants like heavy metals.
Sulfates are important in forming proteins in the joints. Low levels of sulfate were found in plasma and synovial fluid of patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
Sulfate participates in the formation of the mucin proteins that line the walls of the digestive tracts. RH Waring in his sulfation summary states that patients who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome have been found to have low levels of sulfate in plasma. He explains that mucin proteins that line the wall of the digestive tract stop the gut contents from ‘sticking’ and they block transport of toxins from the gut to the bloodstream.
Sulfate stimulates pancreas to release digestive enzymes and to improve the absorption of nutrients. Without these enzymes, food is not digested efficiently.
Sulfur content additionally lends it antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties, which is why it is recommended as a home remedy for warts, herpes and acne.