Saturday, May 8, 2010

Phosphorous Uses and benefits

We usually see in many articles that this food is high in calcium or iron, but seldom do we know how these minerals help us. This article is written with the purpose of giving you information on what the subject is and how one can use it and how it would affect them.

Phosphorous is a mineral found in the body and is present in bones and teeth and combines with calcium to form calcium phosphate which is the substance which gives the skeleton rigidity.Calcium alone can't build strong bones and tissues.More than half of all bone is made from phosphate, and small amounts are also used in the body to maintain tissues and fluids. It helps your kidneys effectively excreting wastes, gives you stable and plentiful energy, forms the proteins that aid in reproduction, and may help block cancer. Phosphorus also helps to keep your mind alert and active, helps stimulate your glands to secrete hormones, and keeps your muscles and heart contracting regularly and smoothly.

It is found naturally in ,whole grain cereals, milk, and fish. Vegetables such as carrots, and leafy vegetables; fruits like black currants, raspberries, raisins, and apricots are fairly good sources. Other sources of this mineral are soya beans, lentils, and other pulses and legumes.

Not getting enough phosphorus can  cause loss of weight, retarded growth, reduced sexual powers, and general weakness. It may result in poor mineralization of the bones, and a deficient nerve and brain function.  Anxiety, bone problems, fatigue, irregular breathing, irritability, numbness, skin sensitivity, stress, teeth weakness, tremors, weakness, and worry, are few other problems. You can also get malaise, stiff joints, and bone pain. It may also cause glucose intolerance, irregular heartbeat and difficulty breathing  as said by Dr George Obikoya

Deficiencies of phosphorus are however rare, as it is one of the elements available in large quantities in most diets. 

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