Phosphorus

Phosphorus

Phosphorus

Formal Name: Phosphoric Acid
Supplement Forms: Pills, food, liquid

Recommended Daily Allowance

  • Infants: (0 to 12 Months) 100 – 275 mg/day
  • Children: (1 to 13 Years) 460 – 1,250 mg/day
  • Adolescents: (14 to 18 Years) 1,250 mg/day
  • Adults: (19 and older) 700 mg/day
  • Lactating Women: 700 – 1,250 mg/day
  • Pregnant Women: 700 – 1,250 mg/day

Notes: mg stands for milligrams.

Additional Information

Phosphorus is the second most prominent mineral in the body. Phosphorus works with calcium to maintain a healthy balance in the blood stream which allows an appropriate environment for the creation and maintenance of healthy bones and teeth. The phosphorus-calcium balance also attributes to overall nervous system functioning.

Bodily Functions That Phosphorus Assists In

Phosphorus acts as a rate limiter for the use of carbohydrates and fats as energy sources. It regulates the use of carbohydrates and fats as energy in accordance to the demand required by the body. It is also an important factor of phospholipids, types of lipids that not only helps use fatty acids as energy but work to maintain the pH level of blood and aid in the production and secretion of certain hormones. Phosphorus is also present in practically every chemical reaction that occurs and is therefore critical in healthy growth and development of multiple body systems such as bones and the nervous system.

Symptoms Of Deficiency:
  • Stunted growth
  • Weight loss
  • Physical weakness
  • Mental fatigue
  • Reduced sexual drive
  • Decreased central nervous system function
Foods High In Phosphorus

Phosphorus can be found in large quantities in most diets. It can be acquired through whole grain cereals, milk, fish, carrots, leafy vegetables, raspberries, raisins, apricots, soy beans, lentils, green peas and legumes.

Ailments That Phosphorus Helps Against:
  • Reduces arthritis pain
  • Contributes to the prevention of cancers
  • Prevents tooth decay
  • Helps prevent osteoporosis
Side Effects/Toxicity

The established tolerable upper intake limit level for phosphorus is 4,000 mg per day. Excess phosphate intake can contribute to reduced vitamin D activity, may negatively effect calcium balance and reduce the level of calcitrol within the body.

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