Phosphorus

Phosphorus is a mineral and a hugely important nutrient. It is present as ‘phosphate’ in every cell in the body and is a major structural component of cell membranes. The cell membrane serves as a barrier to protect the inside of the cell from the environment and to regulate what can and cannot pass in and out of the cell.

Phosphorus also lends strength to bones, making it a major structural component of the skeleton. About 85% of the body's phosphorus is found in bones and teeth. Phosphorus is also central to energy production playing an important role in how our bodies uses carbohydrates and fats, and in the making of proteins used for cell growth, maintenance, and repair.

Quick Summary

Phosphorus is a key component of cell membranes and the skeleton. It therefore helps our cells function properly and contributes to bone strength.

Why is Phosphorus important?

We need phosphorus for healthy bones and soft tissues and to release energy from food.

Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA)

700mg

Where can you find Phosphorus?

  • Rice
  • Red meat
  • Fish
  • Poultry
  • Dairy products

Phosphorus functions

  • Contributes to the maintenance of bone and teeth
  • Contributes to energy metabolism
  • Contributes to normal function of cell membranes

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