What is phosphorous?
Phosphorus is an essential constituent of protoplasm.

What happens if I have a deficiency in phosphorous?
Inadequate phosphorus intake (hypophosphatemia). Symptoms include anorexia, anemia, muscle weakness, bone pain, rickets and osteomalacia,, and in extreme cases death. Phosphorus is ubiquitous in foods that near total starvation is required to produce deficiency.

What happens if I have excess phosphorous?
Hyperphosphatemia symptoms include adjustments in the hormonal control system regulating calcium, ectopic calcification, increased porosity of skeleton and reduce calcium absorption.


Source: DRI for Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Vitamin D, and Fluoride (1997)

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