Phosphorous Functions

  • Formation of bones and teeth.
  • Proper utilization of carbohydrates and fats for energy production.
  • Growth, maintenance and repair of tissues.
  • Helps in the formation of Ribonucleic acid (RNA) and Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA).
  • Combines with  Vitamin B complex to assist their functions.

Sources

  • Meat
  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Fish
  • Sea food
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Cheese
  • Dried peas
  • Beans
  • Nuts
  • Whole grains
  • Dark green leafy vegetables

Deficiency

  • Anorexia
  • Weakness
  • Anxiety
  • Stiff joints
  • Bone pain
  • Weight loss
  • Irritability
  • Neuromuscular abnormality

Toxicity

  • No known toxicity specific to phosphorus. Excess phosphorus rich diet can affect calcium metabolism and symptoms of calcium deficiency may be seen.

Recommended dietary allowances