The 15th Element

What does Phosphorus do for you?

Many essential chemicals in living cells contain phosphorus, including ATP. It also forms the sugar-phosphate backbone of DNA and RNA. Phosphorous has health benefits including healthy bone/teeth formation, improved digestion, regulated excretion, protein formation, hormonal balance, improved energy extraction, cellular repair, optimized chemical reactions, and proper nutrient utilization.
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Recommended Daily Allowance

The average person takes in about one gram of phosphorus.

  • Infants 0 - 6 months: 100 mg daily

  • Infants 7 - 12 months: 275 mg

  • Children 1 - 3 years: 460 mg

  • Children 4 - 8 years: 500 mg

  • Children 9 - 18 years: 1,250 mg

  • Adults 19 years and older: 700 mg

Too Little or Too Much?

Phosphorus Deficiency

This deficiency can result in weak bones and discomfort in various body joints. It also can take a role in tooth decay, loss of appetite, and diminished stamina. Other symptoms include numbness, anxiety, tremors, fatigue, weight loss and stunted growth.

Phosphorus Excess

Too much phosphorus can cause diarrhea and calcification (hardening) of organs and soft tissue, and can interfere with the body's ability to use of other elements. Higher intakes of phosphorus are also associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Symptoms include chest pain, shortness of breath, pain/numbness/weakness or coldness in your legs or arms, and pain in the neck, jaw, throat, upper abdomen or back. Too much phosphorus can also result in seizures and muscle spasms.

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