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What is phosphorus used for?

Chronically low levels of phosphorus in the blood is a condition called hypophosphatemia. Phosphorus supplements are used to increase the amount of phosphorus in people with a deficiency. It also can be used to treat constipation, kidney stones and high levels of calcium in the blood, and may be used as supplementary treatment for certain types of rickets, multiple sclerosis and more.

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How does phosphorus work?
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Phosphorus and calcium are absorbed by bones and teeth, helping them to grow and become stronger. Ad...
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What are good foods to eat that are low in phosphorus?
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Low Phosphorus Fruits, (One Carbohydrate Serving (15 grams)) Apples, plums, tangerines one small fr...
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Who should not use phosphorus?
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Certain people should not use phosphorus or should consult with a doctor before taking it. Your doct...
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Is phosphorus safe for pregnant women or nursing mothers?
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The effect that phosphorus has on pregnant and breast-feeding women is currently unclear. It is ...
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