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Phosphorus


Phosphorus intake should be balanced with calcium and magnesium levels. It plays a role in every metabolic reaction in the body and is important for the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates, and protein for proper growth and production of energy. Phosphorus is absorbed through the intestines, transported in the bloodstream, and stored in the bones and teeth. 70% of ingested phosphorus is absorbed.

FOOD SOURCES

Beef and liver, poultry, nuts, legumes, pulses, whole grains and seeds, green leafy vegetables, cocoa, dairy products, eggs, fish, fruit, brewer's yeast, many soft drinks (phosphoric acid).

SUPPLEMENTATION

Ammonium phosphate, bone meal, dicalcium phosphate dihydrate, dipotassium phosphate, hydroxyapatite, lecithin, monosodium phosphate, tricalcium phosphate.

SIGNS OF DEFICIENCY

Appetite loss, arthritis, depression, irregular breathing, malaise, mental fatigue, nerve disorders, pain in bones, physical fatigue, pyorrhea, rickets, tooth decay, weakness.

SIGNS OF TOXICITY

Hypocalcemia possibly leading to osteoporosis, temporary acidosis from phosphoric acid.

DAILY REQUIREMENT

750-1000mg (more when young)

 

 

 

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