Phosphorus

Phosphorus is a mineral that is found in all cells of the body. The bones contain 85% of the total phosphorus (in the form of phosphate) while the rest are found inside other types of cells. The body cannot produce phosphorus thus it must be obtained from your diet. Meat, fish, seeds, milk, and grains are abundant in phosphorus.

Health Functions
Phosphorus is essential for bone and teeth formation and development. It is also needed for energy production, overall growth and development, and repair. It aids in maintaining normal acid/base balance, kidney function, muscle contractions, heartbeat, and nerve signal transmission.

Disease Risk Reduction
A low or adequate intake of phosphorus reduces the risk for hypertension, kidney disease, and cardiovascular disease. On the other hand, high levels of intake (hyperphosphatemia) increase the risk for these medical conditions. For instance, a low-phosphorus diet is recommended for patients with kidney disease since too much phosphorus disrupts the normal functioning of the kidneys.

Groups at Risk
People who are at risk for phosphorus deficiency include those with anemia, anorexia, malnutrition, and alcoholism.

Intake Recommendations
The recommended daily allowance (RDA) for adults is 700 milligrams per day. Healthy adults should limit their intake to 4,000 milligrams. People suffering from kidney disease might need to limit their daily phosphorus intake to less than 800 milligrams per day.

7D VARIETY Recommendations
Energy Dates are a good source of phosphorus. A cup of Energy Dates can provide you 14% of the recommended daily intake for phosphorus. 7D VARIETY recommends you to consume enough phosphorus daily because it helps produce energy and aids in muscle movement. It also helps build strong bones and teeth.