Phosphorus

Introduction
 Phosphorus is an essential nutrient required for proper cell functioning, regulation of calcium, strong bones and teeth, and for making ATP (adenosine triphosphate) a molecule which provides energy to our cells.  The DV (Percent Daily Value) for phosphorus is 1000mg.  Next to calcium, phosphorus is the most abundant mineral in the body

SOURCES
 PLANT SOURCES
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Bran (Rice and Oat) Pumpkin, Squash, and Watermelon Seeds Squash, and Watermelon Seeds Sunflower Seeds Nuts (Brazil and Pine) Roasted Soybeans (Edamame) Flax Seeds

 ANIMAL SOURCES
1.   Protein rich foods such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy products Cheese Parmesan cheese provides the most phosphorus with 807mg (81% DV) per 100 gram serving (or 1 cup shredded)

FUNCTIONS
 Growth, maintenance, and repair of cells, and the production of energy (ATP)  Maintain the pH level (acidity-alkalinity) of the blood  Reduces pain of arthritis  Speedy recovery of burn victims  Building of strong bones and skeletal structure  Maintain heart regularity  Forms a structural part of DNA and RNA

DEFECIENCY
 Phosphorus deficiency and toxicity are not very predominant; excesses of phosphorus may alter calcium balance, and phosphorus deficiency may lead to energy and metabolic problems  Hypophosphatemia, which is a condition of low levels of soluble phosphate levels in the blood serum, and therefore inside cells. Symptoms of hypophosphatemia include muscle and neurological dysfunction, and disruption of muscle and blood cells due to lack of ATP.

 Excessively high levels of phosphorus (hyperphosphatemia) in the blood, although rare, can combine with calcium to form deposits in soft tissues such as muscle.  High levels of phosphorus in blood only occur in people with severe kidney disease or severe dysfunction of their calcium regulation.

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