Phosphorus is a non metallic element in its natural form. Phosphorus is a mineral colleague of calcium within the body. This mineral is an important nutrient and it takes part in every metabolic process in our body.
Phosphorus interacts with calcium to form healthy teeth and bones, and nourish the brain and nerves.
Phosphorus deficiency is rare in humans, due to its availability in many different foods. It is possible to be deficient in phosphorus if a person is taking aluminum containing antacids in large quantities, which block the absorption of phosphorus from the intestine.
Phosphorus Deficiency Symptoms
- Poor memory
- Brittle hair and nails.
- Poor bone growth.
- Increase in skin sensitivity.
- Weight loss due to anorexia.
- Stunted growth.
- Decreased libido.
Calcium deficiency may be associated when there is phosphorus deficiency. Treatment consists of proper intake of phosphorus and calcium rich food:
Foods Rich In Phosphorus
- Cereals = rice, wheat germ, maize, Italian millet, finger millet.
- Pulses, legumes and vegetables= soya beans, carrots, kidney beans, peas, lentil.
- Nuts and oil seeds= mustard seeds, watermelon seeds, almond, cashew nuts, pistachio and walnuts.
- Meat = sheep liver, beef meal.
- Milk and milk products= skin milk and whole milk, cheese, butter etc.