Sources Of Phosphorus
||tuna, mackerel, pike, red snapper, salmon, sardines, whitefish, scallops, shad, smelt, anchovies, bass, bluefish, carp, caviar, eel, halibut, herring, trout
||liver (beef, chicken, hog, lamb), rabbit, sweetbreads, turkey, beef brains, chicken, eggs, egg yolk, lamb heart, kidney
||pinon, pistachios, pumpkin, sesame, sunflower, walnuts, almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, filberts, hickory, peanuts, pecans
||chickpeas, garlic, lentils, popcorn, soybeans
||wheat bran and germ, wild rice, buckwheat, millet, oats, oatmeal, brown rice, rice bran, rye, wheat
||chocolate, kelp, yeast, bone meal
Roles In The Body
- Bone structure - 80-85% of phosphorus in the body is located in the bones and teeth
- Energy production - (ATP - adenosine triphosphate and ADP - adenosine diphosphate)
- Cell membranes - (as phospholipids)
- Genetic reactions - in DNA - deoxyribonucleic acid and RNA - ribonucleic acid
- Buffering agent, to maintain osmotic pressure
Functions Of Phosphorus
||regulates absorption of calcium and a variety of trace elements. Phosphorus in excess has a laxative action
||source of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), component of the myelin sheath
||interacts with vitamin D
||red blood cell (RBC) metabolism
||adenosine triphosphate (ATP) needed for muscle contraction
||component of bone and teeth
||adenosine triphosphate (ATP) for leukocytes
||energy production via phosphorylation reactions
||in liver - via adenosine triphosphate (ATP)
Symptoms Associated With A Phosphorus Deficiency
| fragile bones
| reproductive problems
Symptoms Associated With A Phosphorus Excess
|anemia (iron deficiency)
| calcium and magnesium deficiency
||sodium, potassium, low calcium diet, vitamin D, parathyroid hormone, high fat diet
||calcium, magnesium, B-complex vitamins (in energy production)
||calcium, aluminum, iron, magnesium, vegetarian
diets,vitamin D deficiency
Hair Analysis Notes
High Hair Phosphorus:
- An elevated phosphorus level is frequently indicative of excessive protein breakdown of body tissues. As proteins break down, phosphorus is released.
- Phosphorus levels may increase temporarily as toxic metals are being eliminated in the course of a nutrition program.
- Very high phosphorus (greater than 25 mg%) can indicate a serious metabolic disturbance.
Pubic hair samples often show elevated phosphorus readings. This is a characteristic of pubic hair.
Low Hair Phosphorus:
- A low phosphorus level is frequently associated with inadequate protein synthesis.
- Although most diets are adequate in phosphorus, those on low-protein diets or vegetarians may have a low phosphorus intake.
- Zinc is required for protein synthesis. Often a low phosphorus level is associated with a zinc deficiency, cadmium toxicity, or zinc loss. When these imbalances are corrected, the phosphorus level improves.
- A low phosphorus level may be due to poor digestion or assimilation of protein. This may be due to digestive enzyme deficiency, low hydrochloric acid level, or other factors.
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