Definition - What does Phosphorous mean?
Phosphorous is a mineral found in the human body. It is the second most plentiful mineral in the body after calcium and is an important component of bones. Together, calcium and phosphorous are of vital importance to bone health. Phosphorous performs many other important functions in the body such as DNA and RNA production, protein formation, hormone balancing, waste filtration and improving digestion.
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The recommended daily intake of phosphorous is 700mg for adults which is normally easily obtained from their daily food consumption. Phosphorous can be found in meat, poultry, fish, dairy products, beans, nuts, rice, broccoli, potatoes, peanut butter, and carbonated beverages.
Phosphorous deficiencies can be caused by diabetes, starvation, alcoholism or even antacids. The effects of insufficient phosphorous on the human body are tooth decay, weak and brittle bones, rickets, fatigue, irregular breathing and stunted growth.
Phosphorous levels can be increased and decreased as a side effect or certain drugs as well.