The source of all energy in living cells.
Whilst phosphorus deficiency is rare, it is an extremely
important mineral, which requires some attention here.
The majority of phosphorus found in the body is bound up
with calcium in the bones as calcium
phosphate, accounting for around 80% of the bodily total.
The remainder is distributed
throughout the body as inorganic phosphate and in all cells
as ATP (Adenosine Tri-Phosphate), which is the main "energy" chamical
in the body, as well as being a main component of the genetic
materials DNA and RNA, which are found in every
Phosphorus (or phosphate) is also a component of all
major types of biochemical compounds, of which ATP and
its close relative ADP (Adenosine Di-Phosphate) are prime
Due to the fact that phosphorus and calcium combine in equaly
amounts to form the calcium phosphate that makes bone, phosphorus
is required in the diet in similar amounts to calcium.
of Phosphorus in the body
- 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
As stated, this is rare, but may be precipitated by severe
of Phosphorus deficiency
Loss of appetite
Susceptibility to infection
General signs of weakness and lack of energy
with other minerals and vitamins
As stated, Phosphorus is intimately associated with calcium
in formin bone and is also required in order to activate
the B-Vitamins. Phosphorus and calcium have an antagonistic
relationship meaning that excess phsphorus will reduce calcium
amounts of Phosphorus in the diet
of dietary Phosphorus
Phosphorus is an integral component of all living cells,
both animal and plant derived. It is therefore present in
all natural foods, meaning that it is usually abundant in
Particularly good sources of phosphorus include:
Fast foods and soft drinks contain large amounts of phosphorus,
but as they are not balanced by calcium (and include other
nasties such as trans-fats), they should be avoided.
Because of the abundance of phosphorus in virtually all
foods, supplementation is not normally required.
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