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