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Phosphorus

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

Phosphorus is the second most abundant mineral in the body (after calcium), and up to 1 ½ lb of it are found in the average person. Eighty-five percent of phosphorus is concentrated in the bones and teeth, the rest distributed in the blood and various organs, including the heart, kidneys, brain, and muscles.
One major benefit of phosphorus is teaming up with calcium to build strong bones. It also acts as a kind of biological escort, helping a variety of nutrients, hormones, and chemicals in doing their job. Without phosphorus, the body could not convert the proteins, carbohydrates, and fats it absorbs from food into energy.
Phosphorus serves as a cell to cell messenger. It works in muscle contraction, nerve impulses from the brain to the body and the secretion of hormones.
Since phosphorus in found in so many foods, the need for supplements is almost unnecessary.
The greatest risk with phosphorus may be in getting too much. Never take phosphorus supplements without your doctor’s recommendation.
Source: GUIDE TO DRUGS AND SUPPLEMENTS, Reader’s Digest, 2007