Taking a Look at Phosphorus

538 WordsJan 31, 20182 Pages
Phosphorus Many don’t know about all the minerals our body needs to function on a day-to-day basis. One of which is phosphorus. Phosphorus works with the B vitamins and also helps the kidney, contraction of muscles, keeping a normal heartbeat and nerve signaling to the brain. (Phosphorus in Diet, 2014) Phosphorus is a mineral that our bodies use to help our cells and tissues grow and repair. It provides structure and strength which is why 85% of phosphorus is found in our bones. Phosphorus is also helpful with energy production and regulates the pH in our blood. It regulates pH by neutralizing excess acids found in our blood. The hemoglobin (oxygen-carrying protein in blood) in our bodies needs phosphorus as a part of its structure to function. I chose this nutrient because I wanted to do something not many know about. This mineral is one that many things in our bodies use but we don’t realize it. It is very important for our bodies to function. To begin, phosphorus is a nutrient that many people don’t even realize is in foods they eat. The intake amount ranges greatly depending on what age you are. The recommendations do not vary depending on gender. Recommendations are (Phosphorus in Diet, 2014): 7 to 12 months: 275 mg/day 1 to 3 years: 460mg/day 4 to 8 years: 500mg/day 9 to 18 years: 1,250mg/day Adults: 700mg/day Throughout the life cycle, the intake of phosphorus changes as our bodies change. As seen from the list of recommendations, there is a great increase as
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