Phosphorus is a mineral
that is used for more functions than any other mineral
in the body. It is essential for bone
formation and development, energy metabolism
, and plays a role in DNA structure
is found in the protoplasm and nucleus of every cell. Calcium
needs to be present with phosphorus
(this forms calcium
phosphate) to build bones
and like calcium
, the majority of phosphorus
is found in the bones
A deficiency of phosphorus is similar to a calcium deficiency and affects the bones, causing low bone density, weakness, fatigue, and muscle spasms.
Recent research has shown that high intakes of dietary phosphorus can help broken bones to heal and reduce the development of kidney stones.
So what foods are high in phosphorus?
All nuts and seeds are excellent sources of phosphorus. Other good food sources are: