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Phosphorus Deficiency

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burger_21119511What Is Phosphorus?

Phosphorus is an essential mineral present in every cell of the body mostly in the form of phosphate.

About 85% of phosphorus is present in bone making up a major component of bone formation. As a component of calcium phosphate, phosphorus constitutes 45% of skeletal bone weight while calcium constitutes 40% to support the body.1.

Phosphorus is required for normal tooth development. Inadequate phosphorus in early childhood development makes for defective tooth enamel in permanent teeth.

Phosphorus is crucial for the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), a molecule within cells that the body uses to store energy, and is required for production of phosphocreatine to power muscles.  Functions are more fully described below.

One gram of protein in food provides approximately 15 mg of phosphorus. In an adult, the body content of phosphorus ia about 700 grams.

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  1. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002424.htm []