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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Minerals : Phosphorous

Minerals are organic elements present in soil. Plants absorb the minerals from their growth medium. We need very small amounts of each mineral in our diet, but they are essential to maintain all nerve and muscle function, teeth, bones and body cells. Minerals are insoluble in water and need to be bonded with a soluble compound before they can be properly utilised. That is why foods are the very best sources.

Functions of Phosphorous:
Calcification of bones and teeth
Controls acid / base balance in body
Helps with energy production
Necessary for cell structure
Required for transmission of hereditary characteristics

Sources of Phosphorous:
Dairy products
Fruit and vegetables
Meat
Eggs (yolk)
Fish
Nuts
Legumes
Deficiency symptoms:
Arthritis
Mental and physical fatigue
Irregular breathing
Muscle and nerve abnormalities
Rickets

Supplements are unnecessary provided the diet includes plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Always check with your doctor before taking supplements of any kind. An excess of any mineral can have unpleasant side effects. Minerals are insoluble in water.

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