How it helps
■ Along with calcium, necessary for strong bones and teeth.
■ Plays an important role in energy storage and release.
■ Found in DNA and RNA (the genetic materials that serve as
blueprints for the formation of new cells).
■ An essential part of many of the body’s chemical reactions.
Where phosphorous can be found
This mineral is found in most foods, especially carbonated soft drinks. Other good sources include bran, brewers yeast, corn, dairy products, eggs, fish, dried fruit and whole grains.
What are the signs of deficiency?
Deficiencies of phosphorous are extremely rare.
■ Excessive amounts of phosphorous can interfere with calcium uptake.
■ Vitamin D increases the effectiveness of phosphorous