What is phosphorus?

Phosphorus is a mineral found mostly in foods like beans, nuts, dairy products, fish, chicken and other meats. Its primary function in the human body is building and strengthening bones and teeth. It also aids in the function of the heart, muscles, nerves and kidneys, as well as helping the body store energy and maintain healthy cells and tissue. Phosphorus drugs and supplements can be found over-the-counter and are referred to as phosphates. They may be used in the treatment (or as supplementary treatment) of conditions, such as hypophosphatemia, hypercalcemia, kidney stones, certain types of rickets or multiple sclerosis.

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Who should use phosphorus?
Stacy Wiegman, PharmDStacy Wiegman, PharmD
Phosphorus supplements are used by people with too little phosphorus in their diets, which may lead ...
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What foods should I avoid that are high in phosphorus?
Phosphorus, a mineral found in bones is responsible for healthy, strong bones and teeth. It is the s...
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What is the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for phosphorus?
Rick SayeghRick Sayegh
The RDA for phosphorus is 2mg/dl.
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What is the best way to take phosphorus?
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Phosphorus supplements should be taken as directed on the label or by your doctor or pharmacist. The...
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