Phosphorus is a major mineral and most of it is stored in bones. Smaller amounts are found in teeth, cell membranes, and DNA.
Phosphorus helps to promote healthy bones and teeth, as well as make energy. It is included in every cell membrane and is necessary in every cell for the body to function normally. It aids muscle contraction, helps regulate the heartbeat, and supports proper nerve conduction.
Both kidneys are capable of handling the entire range of renal functions. But the right kidney generally controls sodium-related aspects, and the left kidney protein / phosphorus-related aspects, provided both kidneys are present, and health.
It is not unusual that patients end up with only one-sided kidney disturbances, whether they be infections, kidney stones, or other problems.
Colas, sodas and other drinks containing phosphoric acid may cause excessive amounts of phosphorus intake, which can interfere with proper calcium metabolism. Phosphoric acid (E338) is a clear, colorless, odorless liquid with a syrupy consistency. It is used as an acidifying agent to give colas their tangy flavor.
Age RDA (DRI)
0- 6 months: 100mg AI
6-12 months: 275mg AI
1-3 years: 460mg
3-8 years: 500mg
9-13 years males: 1,250mg
14-18 years males: 1,250mg
19 + years males: 700mg
9 -13 years females: 1,250mg
14-18 years females: 1,250mg
19 + years females: 700mg
Phosphorus dietary deficiency is rare in healthy individuals. Deficiency usually occurs in those near total starvation, chronic users of aluminum containing antacids, alcoholics and diabetics recovering from ketoacidosis. Phosphorus deficiency results in low blood levels of phosphorus, which is characterized by anemia, anorexia, muscle weakness, bone pain, confusion, and difficulty walking.