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How does phosphorus benefit bones?

Howard S. Smith
Pain Medicine
Phosphorus and calcium work hand in hand in forming new bone. Because of the interaction between the two elements, in individuals with diets low in phosphorus, calcium supplementation alone is inadequate and, in fact, can aggravate an existing phosphorus deficiency. As a result, a calcium phosphate product may be preferable in women undergoing bone-building therapy, according to a new study presented at the recent National Osteoporosis Foundation Symposium in Honolulu. The Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) is 1,000 milligrams. The best food sources are meat, fish, nuts, beans, breads, dairy products, breads, cereals, and other grain products.  

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