The main function of phosphorus is in the formation of the bones and teeth. It also plays an important role in the body's utilization of carbohydrates and fats, and in the formation of protein.
High levels of phosphorus in blood only occur in people with severe kidney disease or severe dysfunction of their calcium regulation.
There is no known deficiency of phosphorus because it is so available in the food supply.
The main food sources are the protein food groups of meat and milk. A meal plan that provides adequate amounts of calcium and protein also provides an adequate amount of phosphorus.
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This brief and partial description is provided for information purposes only. Vitamin and mineral descriptions may not list all symptoms of overconsumption or deficiency. Please consult your doctor for more information. Source: MedlinePlus, Mayo Clinic