Phosphorous
Bone mineral
Minerals

 

Phosphorous

Our 14th nutrient mineral (in alphabetical order). Mineral. Chemical symbol: P.
Major constituent of all living cells and is found in all natural foods. Essential to the structure and function of the body. Present in the body as phosphates, and in this form aids the processes of bone mineralization and helps to create the structure of the bone.

Functions/Benefits
Increases endurance and energy levels. Essential for communication between cells and energy production. Forms bones and teeth. Burns sugar for energy. Acts as a cofactor for many enzymes and activates B-complex vitamins. Forms RNA and DNA.


Deficiency Symptoms
Weakness. Bone and joint pain. General debility. Loss of apetite. Irritability. Neurological symptoms. Speech problems. Mental confuson. Anaemia. Lowered resistance to infection.


Food sources
Yeast products. Soya products. Wheatgerm. Hard cheeses. Meat & fish. Nuts. Cereals. Eggs.

US RDA: 800-1200mg
EU RDA: 800 mg
Supplements up to 1,000mg is ok.

Toxicity
May occur with dosages or intake above 1,000mg per day. May cause diarrhea, calcification of organs and soft tissues. Prevention of iron, calcium, magnesium, and zinc absorption.


 

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