What is Phosphorus?
Phosphorus is a mineral that is found in great abundance in the body, accounting for 1% of a person’s total body weight. Between 80 and 85% of this presence, however, is in the bones and teeth.

What are the health benefits of Phosphorus?
Phosphorus is integral to the formation of bones and teeth and also helps to facilitate the production of energy and the maintaining of cell membranes. It also plays a role in digestive, nervous, immune, and liver functions. Despite the abundant need for this mineral, the large variety of foods that are a source of phosphorus make it rare to have a deficiency.

What foods are good sources of Phosphorus?
Many different foods contain at least some phosphorus, and include meats such as the liver of cows and chickens, fish such as tuna and salmon, nuts and seeds such as pine nuts and sunflower seeds, grains such as wheat bran and oats, and plants such as garlic and soybeans.

Are there other ways to take Phosphorus?
Phosphorus is available as a supplement and can be found in pharmacies and health food stores.

Are there any precautions for taking Phosphorus?
An excess of phosphorus may lead to calcium loss in the bones, soft tissue in the muscles, and other conditions such as diarrhea, arthritis, anemia, tremors, and zinc deficiency.

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