Phosphorus

Even though this mineral is less than half of the amount of calcium found in our bodies it is just as important. This mineral makes living possible. Without it cellular work could not happen. Life could not exist. In human biology phosphorus plays a major role in cellular work and making energy for the body. It is lost through urine.

• What it does: mineralization of bones and teeth, part of phospholipids (our body are made from these little fat cells), important in genetic material, energy metabolism, and buffering systems.

• Good Sources: cottage cheese, milk, navy beans, salmon, sirloin steak

• What happens if you consume too much of it: calcification of soft tissues such as kidneys

• How much is too much: Adults is more than 4000 mg/day

• What happens if you don’t consume enough: muscular weakness

• Daily Requirement Intake: Adults 700 mg/day

This information can be found in any nutrition text book or on the National Institute of Health Website. This is only a basic description of vitamins and the amounts needed for an average adult diet of 2,000 calories. Some vitamins and foods may react with your body when on certain medications. Always consult your doctor before starting any supplements or diet. For further information consult with your Physician or a Registered Dietitian. Your way to excellent health starts with you.