Vitamins and Minerals: Phosphorus


Phosphorus

Phosphorus exists to some degree in nearly all foods, especially eggs, meats, fish, nuts, poultry, whole grains, soft drinks, and dairy products.

Aids with: fatigue and fractures ( prevention )

Phosphorus is the second most plentiful mineral in the body and is found in every cell. Like calcium it is essential for bone formation and maintenance, more than 75 % of the body’s phosphorus is contained in bones and teeth. Phosphorus stimulates muscle contraction and contributes to tissue growth and repair, energy production, nerve impulse transmission, and heart, kidney function. There is some precautions, the deficiency is rare because most people take in far more phosphorus than they need, through preserved foods, long term use of antacids or anticonvulsant drugs that contain aluminum hydroxide. The symptoms of phosphorus deficiency are general weakness, loss of appetite, bone pain, and increased susceptibility to bone fracture. Do not try to self administer phosphorus, if supplementation, if necessary must be done as part of a balanced formula developed by a qualified practitioner. Excess phosphorus in the bloodstream promotes calcium loss, which may weaken bones. Extreme phosphorus toxicity is rare, except in the event of kidney disease.

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