• Helps to build strong bones and teeth.
  • Assists to the release of energy from food.


  • Rare as phosphorus is available in many foods.          –


  • Phosphorus has very low toxicity but symptoms of very high doses, commonly delivered by supplements, include diarrhoea and stomach pain.
  • Consuming large amounts of phosphorus for a long time can reduce the amount of calcium in the body.

Examples of dietary sources include:

  • Usually foods which contain calcium also contain phosphorus.
  • Examples of food sources of phosphorus include: red meat, dairy foods, fish, poultry, bread, brown rice, oats, green peas, broccoli, potatoes, almonds, milk and dairy products, eggs.

Reference Nutrient Intakes (approximate values for adults):

  • 550 mg a day for men
  • 550 mg a day for women




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Harvard Health Publications., 2009. Listing of vitamins. [online]. Available from:

National Health Service. 2016. [online]. Available from:

Department of Health. 1991. Dietary reference values for food energy and nutrients for the United Kingdom. London: The Stationery Office.

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