What is phosphorous?
Phosphorous is a mineral that is found throughout the body, mainly in the bones and teeth. Approximately 80% of the body’s phosphorus is present in the skeleton and the remainder is distributed in soft tissues and extracellular fluid.
What does phosphorus do?
This mineral aids in the maintenance of solid and healthy bones, as well as providing high-quality energy for working muscles. It is also widely used to maintain a regular heart beat, develop strong teeth, relieve muscle pain during exercise, grow and heal soft tissues, and maintain a regular heartbeat.
Foods high in phosphorous
- A lot of foods contain phosphorous including:
- whole grains
- starchy carbs like potatoes
- milk and dairy products
Is it toxic to obtain too much phosphorous?
Phosphate in excess can be harmful. An excess of the mineral can lead to diarrhoea, as well as organ and soft tissue hardening.
Having too much of this mineral can affect your body’s ability to use other minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, and zinc.
Deficiency of phosphorous symptoms
- loss of appetite
- joint or bone pain
- irritability or anxiety