What are the health benefits of phosphorus?

Dariush Mozaffarian, MD
Internal Medicine
The following are health benefits of phosphorus:
  • Helps build and protect bones and teeth
  • Part of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and ribonucleic acid (RNA)
  • Helps convert food into energy
  • Part of phospholipids, which carry lipids in blood and help shuttle nutrients into and out of cells

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