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The Handy-Dandy, Exhaustive Guide To Vitamins & Minerals; Complete From Vitamin A to Zinc [Part 2]


What is Phosphorus (P)

What is Phosphorus, phosphorus, phosphorus foods, phosphorus functions

Phosphorus predominantly works hand-in-hand with calcium to construct powerful bones and teeth, where 85%-ish of it sits.

Beyond bone health, phosphorus supports energy metabolism (from carbs/protein/fats), regular tissue growth/repair, and waste filtering in the kidneys.

It’s also a component used to form ATP (adenosine triphosphate) — a high-energy molecule that stores the energy for everything we do, especially during high-intensity exercise and workouts.12

  • Best Sources of Phosphorus — Think DAIRY & SEEDS. Milk, cheese, yogurt, chicken, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, flax seeds, eggs, nuts, oat bran, and beans are all high in phosphorus.3
  • Recommended Daily Intake — Men = 700 mg/day; women = 700 mg/day.4
  • Phosphorus Deficiency — Deficiency is rare because phosphorus is so abundant, but it can lead to weak bones, anxiety, appetite loss, stiff joints, and irritability.


Calcium | Potassium | Iron | Zinc | Magnesium | Phosphorus | Sodium | The Rest


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