Phosphorus The Mood Mineral

Phosphorus – the mood mineralThe mood mineral

Phosphorus is the second most abundant mineral found in every cell in the body. A healthy body maintains a specific calcium/phosphorus balance in the bones of 2.5 parts calcium to 1 part phosphorus and absorption of phosphorus from food is dependent on Vitamin D. Phosphorus helps filter waste via the kidneys and is responsible for how the body stores and uses energy. Needed for the growth, maintenance and repair of all tissues and the production of the building blocks of DNA and RNA. Working together with other vitamins and minerals particularly iodine, magnesium and zinc to create balance in the body.


Phosphorus is involved in every chemical reaction in the body

Important in the utilization of carbohydrates, fats and protein for the growth, maintenance and repair of cells for the production of energy.
Stimulates muscle contraction including the heart muscle
Needed for the transference of nerve impulses
An essential part of DNA and RNA
Responsible for cell division and the transference of hereditary traits from parents to offspring
Phospholipids e.g. lecithin, help to emulsify and transport fats
Promote the secretion of glandular hormones
And are involved in the maintenance of the acid alkaline balance
Medicinal and therapeutic Uses 

Phosphates (phosphorus) are used in enemas and laxatives

Used by athletes before vigorous exercise to help reduce muscle pain and fatigue
Hypercalcaemia, high blood calcium levels
Kidney stones caused by calcium based issues
Deficiency Effects 

Loss of appetite, weakness, irritability, mental confusion, anxiety

Stunted growth, poor quality of bones and teeth, bone pain,
Bone disorders
Arthritis and joint stiffness


No known toxic effects

A calcium and phosphorus imbalance may account for gum disease, tooth decay, rickets and arthritis
Insufficient supply of phosphorus, calcium or vitamin D may result in stunted growth and poor bone quality
Our diets are high in phosphorus and because of this, calcium deficiencies are frequent as too much phosphorus upsets the body’s mineral balance and decreases calcium absorbed
Too much iron, aluminium and magnesium can also render phosphorus ineffective
Good Food Sources 

Present in all food except fats and sugars. Foods also rich in protein, brewer’s yeast, meat, fish, eggs, whole grains, seeds, nuts, poultry, dairy products, legumes, garlic, cloves, carbonated drinks, dried fruit, potato, milo and marmite


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