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Phosphorus is normally found in the body mostly as phosphate.
Phosphate ions are critical for normal bone mineralization, and phosphate plays a vital role in a number of other biological processes such as signal transduction, nucleotide metabolism, and enzyme regulation.
Phosphorus plays an important role in the transfer of energy to the key energy-storing molecules ATP and ADP.
An essential component of bones and teeth
Needed to enable communication between cells
Required to activate B-complex vitamins
Essential part of cell membranes
Required for all major biochemical pathways in the body, such as energy production, cell division and ALL others
Contributes to the function of many enzymes
The following foods are good sources of phosphorus:
Infant’s birth to 3 years of age: 300-800 mg.
Children 4 to 6 years of age: 800 mg.
Children 7 to 10 years of age: 800 mg.
Adolescent and adult males: 800-1200 mg.
Adolescent and adult females: 800-1200 mg.
Pregnant women: 1200 mg.
Breast-feeding women: 1200 mg.
Brittle hair and nails
Poor bone growth
Increase in skin sensitivity.
Weight loss due to anorexia
For those who eat a typical American type diet, phosphorus toxicity could happen very easily.
Diets high in meat, fast foods, and soft drinks could be supplying your body with over-abundance of phosphorus.
The effects of this type of diet could result in hampered calcium absorption; influence your metabolism, and also the utilization of calcium.
Loose teeth, osteoporosis/arthritis, secondary hyperparathyroidism, tooth loss, and weight loss could also be symptoms of phosphorus toxicity.