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Book: Sulfur: A Missing Link between Soils, Crops, and Nutrition
Published by: American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America

 

This chapter in SULFUR: A MISSING LINK BETWEEN SOILS, CROPS, AND NUTRITION

  1.  p. 281-291
    Agronomy Monographs 50.
    Sulfur: A Missing Link between Soils, Crops, and Nutrition

    Joseph Jez (ed.)

    ISBN: 978-0-89118-186-6

     

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doi:10.2134/agronmonogr50.c17

Plant Sulfur Compounds and Human Health

  1. Joseph M. Jez and
  2. Naomi K. Fukagawa
  1. Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St. Louis, Missouri
    University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington

Abstract

The contribution of sulfur to plant growth, the synthesis of sulfur-containing compounds by plants, and the consumption of plant foodstuffs by humans ultimately affect human health. This chapter provides an overview of the nutritional requirements and dietary sources of the sulfur amino acids, methionine and cysteine, for the human body. Multiple diseases and disorders have components associated with sulfur amino acid metabolism. In addition, the allyl sulfur compounds and the isothiocyanates in plants are a rich source of chemically diverse molecules with potential therapeutic activities, including cancer preventative effects.

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Copyright © 2008. American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America, 5585 Guilford Road, Madison, WI 53711-5801, USA. Sulfur: A Missing Link between Soils, Crops, and Nutrition. Agronomy Monograph 50.