Phosphorus, while not so popular, is an important mineral for the human body. It is responsible for a whole number of bodily functions and if you’re already taking a good quality multi-vitamin, chances are that you’re already taking in some amount of phosphorus.
However, most multi-vitamins do not have anywhere near the recommended daily amount of this mineral. Adults need around 800-1200mg daily of Phosphorus and if you’re not taking in enough through diet and supplementation, here are a few reasons why you should:
Bone & Teeth Health
Around 85 percent of Phosphorus in the human body is found in the bones and teeth. Therefore, it is not hard to see why it is such an important mineral. It is needed by the body for the proper formation of teeth and bones. It works synergistically with calcium to create stronger bones that can handle the daily wear and tear that our body endures and it also helps to protect the health of our teeth as well as the gums.
Phosphorus is known for clearing up constipation, diarrhea and indigestion. It also helps to keep the digestive system regular and ensures healthy bowel movements. A healthy digestive system ensures a healthy immune system. Phosphorus is also important for the proper digestion of the B vitamins, riboflavin and niacin. Without it, they cannot be digested and are excreted as expensive urine.
This mineral helps to keep the body healthy as it helps the kidneys to filter and excrete waste products effectively. It can promote the increase of urination when the level of toxic by-products, salts and/or uric acid are increased in the body.
Phosphorus is an essential mineral that is found all around and inside the cells of the brain. Healthy levels of this mineral ensure proper brain function and development and phosphorus deficiencies have been linked to neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.
The symptoms of phosphorus deficiency can include: eating disorders, mental exhaustion, brain fog, irregular breathing, digestive issues, bone loss, arthritis and tooth decay.
Food Source of Phosphorus
Luckily, phosphorus is found quite commonly in the typical modern diet and is readily absorbed by the intestines. However, if you are severely deficient, you should consider supplementing with it as well.
Some of the foods containing Phosphorus are: beef and other red meats, chicken, fish, eggs, nuts and seeds, dairy and whole-grain products.