Next to calcium, phosphorus is
the second most abundant mineral in the body, making up about 1%
of your body weight.
Natural Food Sources
Almonds, beans, calf liver, cheese, eggs, fish, legumes, milk
products, peanuts, peas, poultry, pumpkin seeds, red meat,
scallops, soybeans, sunflower seeds, tuna, whole grain products.
Like many minerals, phosphorus is involved in bone and tooth
formation, and it helps release energy from nutrients. It is
involved in almost all body processes and is part of the genetic
code of cells. It is also part of the structure of all soft
tissues and organs. Phosphorus acidifies urine and reduces the
incidence of kidney stones.
Phosphorus is found so abundantly in plant and animal foods that
deficiency is unlikely. Excess vomiting or consumption of
aluminum hydroxide, found in some antacids and anticonvulsant
medications, may lead to phosphorus deficiency. Symptoms include
bone pain, loss of appetite, weakness and brittle bones.
If there is an imbalance of phosphorus and calcium in the diet,
toxicity symptoms such as seizures, heartbeat irregularities,
shortness of breath and osteoporosis may result.
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