Phosphorus is a mineral that is naturally found in every cell in the human body and is important for maintaining as well as building bone and to help control the amount of calcium in the body and urine. Some of the side effects of phosphorus are headaches, dizziness, vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea. If any of these effects continue or get worse contact your family physician immediately. Doctors will prescribe phosphorus as a form of medical supplementation because they have decided that due to your history and your current condition, the benefits of taking this supplementation are greater than the risk or side effects. The majority of the people taking phosphorus as a supplement do not experience serious side effects.
Phosphorus is this second most abundant mineral next to calcium. It is also one of the 16 essential minerals that the body needs to function normally. Phosphorus plays a major role in the formation of DNA and RNA, the genetic building blocks of the body and in doing so it helps ensure that the cells and tissues of the human body are properly maintained, repaired, and replaced as they age. Alongside calcium, sodium, magnesium, potassium, chloride, and sulfur phosphorus is considered a macro-mineral meaning that you need more of it than just trace minerals as you do with iron and zinc.
Additionally phosphorus plays a major role in the human metabolism in the conversion of calories and oxygen to energy, heart rhythm, muscle construction, and the transmission of nerve signals. When an individual has a phosphorus deficiency or low blood phosphate levels, it can affect every organ in the system of their body and lead to muscle weakness, fractures, bone pain, seizures, and respiratory failure. The body can only get phosphorus through foods or supplementation and it cannot produce its own. Some of the foods that contain phosphorus are fish, seeds, dairy, and meat.
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