Phosphorus: Properties and Functions

After the calcium phosphorus is the most abundant mineral in the body. An adult of about 70 kg contains about 700 grams of phosphorus, which 80% are in the skeleton, 10% in the muscles and the other 10% in soft tissue forming organic compounds such as phospholipids.

Properties or functions of phosphorus
* Together with calcium and form of tricalcium phosphate is a constituent of bones.
* It has an important role in energy production, the metabolism of cells.
* Phosphorus binds to fats and phospholipids form, such as lecithin, forming cell membranes, especially nervous tissue. Therefore has a key role in brain function.
* Phosphorus forms nerves and feeds the brain, causes the power of thought.
* Stimulates hair growth and bone.
* Phosphorus combat fatigue.
* It regulates body temperature and affects the energy levels.

Symptoms of a deficiency or lack of phosphorus is:
* A level of bone, a deficiency of phosphorus causes it to become porous (osteomalacia).
* A level of these muscles are tired, sore.
* The deficit produces blood hemolytic anemia and decreased platelets.
* In the central nervous system deficiency of phosphorus causes sleepiness, decreased reflexes, paresthesia, fatigue brain.

Excess phosphorus: Implications
Excess phosphorus will cause weakness of the kidneys (renal failure) and lungs due to an overload of phosphates. Another problem may be the hypoparathyroidism, certain tumors, acromegaly (enlargement of the limbs and head, etc.).

Major sources of phosphorus

Phosphorus is abundant in food and is found in foods to which calcium is also (except in smaller quantities in milk, cheese and vegetables).

The main sources are:
Gruyere, soy, almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, lentils, rice, egg yolks, goat milk, cottage cheese, lecithin.

Phosphorus-containing foods should be eaten along with those containing sulfur, and are controlled by iodine. Phosphorus also needs oxygen.

Daily phosphorus requirements:
It is estimated that the adult needs about 800 mg / day of match.

Children 8 to 10 years about 1000 mg / day.

Teens 1400 mg / day.

Pregnant women 1500 mg / day.

Articles on minerals:
* Chlorine. Properties and Functions
* Calcium: Properties and functions. Symptoms of excess or deficit
* Iron: functions, deficiency symptoms and causes of
* Magnesium. Its properties and indications
* Sodium. Functions and properties
* Potassium: properties and functions
* The sulfur. Properties and Functions

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