|Seafood –||tuna, mackerel, pike, red snapper, salmon, sardines, whitefish, scallops, shad, smelt, anchovies, bass, bluefish, carp, caviar, eel, halibut, herring, trout|
|Meats –||liver (beef, chicken, hog, lamb), rabbit, sweetbreads, turkey, beef brains, chicken, eggs, egg yolk, lamb heart, kidney|
|Nuts/seeds –||pinon, pistachios, pumpkin, sesame, sunflower, walnuts, almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, filberts, hickory, peanuts, pecans|
|Vegetables –||chickpeas, garlic, lentils, popcorn, soybeans|
|Grains –||wheat bran and germ, wild rice, buckwheat, millet, oats, oatmeal, brown rice, rice bran, rye, wheat|
|Miscellaneous –||chocolate, kelp, yeast, bone meal|
- Bone structure – 80-85% of phosphorus in the body is located in the bones and teeth
- Energy production – (ATP – adenosine triphosphate and ADP – adenosine diphosphate)
- Cell membranes – (as phospholipids)
- Genetic reactions – in DNA – deoxyribonucleic acid and RNA – ribonucleic acid
- Buffering agent, to maintain osmotic pressure
|Digestive –||regulates absorption of calcium and a variety of trace elements. Phosphorus in excess has a laxative action|
|Nervous –||source of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), component of the myelin sheath|
|Endocrine –||interacts with vitamin D|
|Blood –||red blood cell (RBC) metabolism|
|Muscular –||adenosine triphosphate (ATP) needed for muscle contraction|
|Skeletal –||component of bone and teeth|
|Immune –||adenosine triphosphate (ATP) for leukocytes|
|Metabolic –||energy production via phosphorylation reactions|
|Detoxification –||in liver – via adenosine triphosphate (ATP)|
|fragile bones||weakness, muscle|
|anemia (iron deficiency)||hyperexcitability|
|calcium and magnesium deficiency||tremors|
|Absorption –||sodium, potassium, low calcium diet, vitamin D, parathyroid hormone, high fat diet|
|Metabolic –||calcium, magnesium, B-complex vitamins (in energy production)|
|Absorption –||calcium, aluminum, iron, magnesium, vegetarian diets,vitamin D deficiency|
- High Hair Phosphorus:
- An elevated phosphorus level is frequently indicative of excessive protein breakdown of body tissues. As proteins break down, phosphorus is released.
- Phosphorus levels may increase temporarily as toxic metals are being eliminated in the course of a nutrition program.
- Very high phosphorus (greater than 25 mg%) can indicate a serious metabolic disturbance.
Pubic hair samples often show elevated phosphorus readings. This is a characteristic of pubic hair.
Low Hair Phosphorus:
- A low phosphorus level is frequently associated with inadequate protein synthesis.
- Although most diets are adequate in phosphorus, those on low-protein diets or vegetarians may have a low phosphorus intake.
- Zinc is required for protein synthesis. Often a low phosphorus level is associated with a zinc deficiency, cadmium toxicity, or zinc loss. When these imbalances are corrected, the phosphorus level improves.
- A low phosphorus level may be due to poor digestion or assimilation of protein. This may be due to digestive enzyme deficiency, low hydrochloric acid level, or other factors.