Phosphorus in the diet
The recommended daily allowance of phosphorus for both men and women is 700 mg.
Where can phosphorus be obtained in the diet?
Foods that are rich in phosphorus are protein-rich foods such as meats, fish, and diary products.
Phosphorus's role in the body
Phosphorus works with calcium in the body to help build and maintain strong bones and teeth. Phosphorus is also significantly involved with the conversion of food into energy.
Results of a phosphorus deficiency in the diet
A phosphorus deficiency may result in anorexia, impaired growth, osteomalacia, skeletal demineralization, proximal muscle atrophy and weakness, cardiac arrhythmias, respiratory insufficiency, increased erythrocyte and lymphocyte dysfunction, susceptibility to infectious rickets, or nervous system disorders.
Results of phosphorus toxicity in the diet
Phosphorus toxicity is rare in people who have a normally functioning kidney. People who have impaired kidney function may experience hyperphosphatemia, or elevated levels of phosphorus in the blood as a result of phosphorus toxicity.