Phosphorus, found in meat, eggs, seeds and cola and enables the B vitamins to work properly

RDA from 400 to 775 milligrams

Phosphorus is a very abundant mineral in the body, it is vital for energy production and enables the B vitamins to work properly.

Where do you get phosphorus?

It is found in meat, poultry, eggs and seeds. Colas and other fizzy drinks contain a lot of phosphorus as well.

Too much phosphorus

Too much phosphorus can contribute to calcium deficiency and osteoporosis. An imbalance between calcium and phosphorus increases the risk of high blood pressure and bowel cancer.

Too little phosphorus

Deficiency is very uncommon, but symptoms can include muscle weakness, appetite loss, anaemia and increased frequency of infections.

You may need more phosphorus if you regularly drink a large amount of alcohol or take antacid preparations.

Phosphorus supplements

Supplements are rarely needed but if they are, a balance with calcium and magnesium should be maintained.

Having large amounts of fizzy soft drinks will disturb this balance, and over a long time may be a factor in developing osteoporosis later in life.

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