Plant sulfur compounds and human health

Joseph M. Jez, Naomi K. Fukagawa

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSulfur
Subtitle of host publicationA Missing Link between Soils, Crops, and Nutrition
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9780891181866
ISBN (Print)9780891181682
StatePublished - Oct 26 2015


  • Allylsulfur compounds
  • Cysteine
  • Dietary sources
  • Glucosinolates
  • Human health
  • Isothiocyanates
  • Methionine
  • Plant growth
  • Plant sulfur compounds


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