Phosphorus

Phosphorus is the second most abundant mineral in the body and 85% of it is found in the bones. The rest of the body's phosphorus is found in the blood. It is found in the body usually at a ration of 1:2 to calcium. It is nonmetallic element that is found in the blood, muscles, nerves, bones, and teeth and is a component of adenosine tri-phosphate

Functionality:

Like calcium it is needed for the formation of bone tissue and plays other vital roles in the blood, nervous and enzyme systems. It helps form cell membranes and genetic material. Phosphorus also helps to maintain normal acid-base balance (pH) in its role as one of the body's most important buffers.

Deficiency Diseases:

Rickets, Osteoporosis, Stiff joints and Pain in the bones. It can also cause anxiety, irritability, sensitive skin, stress, tiredness and weak teeth etc.

Overdose Disease: N/A,

Deficiency Symptoms:
  • Weak or fragile bones & teeth
  • Fatigue, weakness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Joint pain and stiffness
  • Less energy and a susceptibility to infections
Rich Sources:

Milk, Yogurt, Cottage cheese, American cheese, Pork, Hamburger, Tuna, Lobster, Chicken, Sunflower seeds, Peanuts, Pine nuts, Peanut butter, Bran flakes, Shredded wheat, Whole wheat bread, Noodles, Rice, White bread, Potatoes, Corn, Peas, French fries, Broccoli, Milk chocolate and Soda beverages (due to the phosphoric acid added as a preservative)

Important for:
  • Growth, maintenance, and repair of cells, and the production of energy
  • Maintain the pH level (acidity-alkalinity) of the blood
  • Reduces pain of arthritis
  • Speedy recovery of burn victims
  • Cancer prevention
  • Building of strong bones and skeletal structure
  • Maintain heart regularity
Best Suitable Composition:

Phosphorus & Calcium compose the major nutrients that strengthen bone. The body would not be able to make these connective tissues and organs that are so vital without a steady supply of Phosphorus.

Recommended Daily Intake:
  • Men & Women: 1000 mg
Phosphorus is best taken as part of a multivitamin and mineral supplement.