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Phosphorus

Phosphorus

Phosphorus is a mineral that serves several functions and is present in every cell in the body.  The benefits and functions of phosphorus include:

  1. The generation of energy of every cell in the body.
  2. Help metabolize fats and starches.
  3. It is the second major component of bones and teeth.
  4. Helps promote healthy gums and teeth.
  5. Serves a role in cell growth and repair.

Sources:Fish, poultry, meat, eggs, whole grains, nuts and seeds.  It may even be found in colas (please don’t use this as an excuse to drink sodas!).

Intake: The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for this mineral is 1,250 mg/day for ages 9 to 18, and drops down to 700 mg/day for all adults after that.

Deficiencies in phosphorus are rare but may result in bone loss, rickets, pyorrhea (inflammation of gums and tooth sockets), weakness, loss of appetite, and pain.

Taking too much phosphorus may result in lower calcium levels in the blood.  A lower calcium level may lead to increased bone loss.