Some interesting facts about phosphorus:
- Phosphorus is the second most abundant mineral in the body
While calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body, phosphorus comes next, as the second most abundant mineral. The body needs relatively large amounts of phosphorus each day to function effectively.
- Phosphorus helps the body absorb calcium from food
Phosphorus works with calcium to ensure bones and teeth are strong and healthy. It also is required to help the body properly absorb the calcium from food eaten. Potassium helps the body absorb calcium from foods, so that the calcium can be used to re-mineralise the bones to ensure they are healthy and strong, thus preventing osteoporosis.
- Phosphorus is part of DNA and RNA
The DNA and RNA inside the cells contains phosphorus. DNA and RNA are involved in cell replication and hereditary functions.
Phosphorus is the second most abundant mineral - the body needs relatively large amounts of phosphorus each day to function effectively
- The B vitamins need phosphorus to work properly
The B vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, cobalamin) need phosphorus to help them perform their various metabolic processes more effectively.
- Phosphorus in nuts, seeds, grains is less easily absorbed whereas phosporus in meat, chicken, diary is more easily absorbed
The body can more easily absorb phosphorus from meat, poultry and dairy foods, than form nuts, seeds, grains. The phosphorus in nuts, seeds, grains is about 50% less bioavailable to the body (less easily absorbed) than the phosphorus from meat, poultry and dairy foods.
- The bones, teeth and muscles contain high phosphorus levels
The bones, teeth and muscles are the organs in the body which contain the highest amounts of phosphorus - these tissues are where phosphorus levels are naturally stored in the body.