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Does phosphorus really work?

There is significant evidence to show that phosphorus is effective in treating a number of medical conditions, such as constipation, kidney stones and both high levels of calcium and low levels of phosphorus in the blood. It may even be useful to treat people trying to safely transition into a normal eating cycle after a long period of malnutrition or starvation. Its main function, however, is building and strengthening bone and teeth, and most people naturally have enough phosphorous in their bodies with a typical lifestyle and diet. Too much phosphorus, however, or taking phosphorus when it isn't necessary, can be dangerous to your health.

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Is phosphorus safe for pregnant women or nursing mothers?
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What is the best way to take phosphorus?
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How can I take phosphorus?
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How does phosphorus affect people on dialysis?
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