Phosphorus nichole moore

Next to calcium, phosphorus is the most abundant mineral in the body.

Phosphorus is an essential mineral that is required by every cell in the body for normal function (1). Bound to oxygen in all biological systems, phosphorus is found as phosphate (PO43-) in the body. Approximately 85% of the body's phosphorus is found in bones and teeth (2).

Vitamins and minerals are compounds necessary for the healthy functioning of our bodies. We need vitamins and minerals to help us grow, to see properly, to make bones, muscles, skin and organs, as well as to help us battle infections.

Fat soluble vitamins, once they have been stored in tissues in the body, tend to remain there. This means that if a person takes in too much of a fat soluble vitamin, over time they can have too much of that vitamin present in their body, a potentially dangerous condition called hypervitaminosis (literally, too much vitamin in the body).

Water soluble: A vitamin that can dissolve in water. Water-soluble vitamins are carried to the body's tissues but are not stored in the body. They are found in plant and animal foods or dietary supplements and must be taken in daily. Vitamin C and members of the vitamin B complex are water-soluble.

The top foods highest in phosphorus are: 1) seeds2)cheese 3)fish 4)nuts 5)pork

Adults need less phosphorus than children between the ages of 9 to 18, but more than children under 8 years old. In the United States, adults have an average intake of about 1300 mg/day for men and 1000 mg/day for women.

Too much or too little? Excessively high levels of phosphorus in the blood, although rare, can combine with calcium to form deposits in soft tissues such as muscle. High levels of phosphorus in the blood only occur in people with severe kidney disease or severe dysfunction of their calcium regulation. However, Phosphorus deficiency is rare because it is so readily available in the food supply. However, people may have low levels of phosphorus, known as hypophosphatemia, due to alcoholism, vitamin D deficiency, certain medicines, or other medical conditions. Symptoms of hypophosphatemia include: Bone pain.

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