Phosphorus is a mineral the body uses to digest protein and sugars; it also helps the body absorb calcium. Some of the phosphorus in the body
exists as a charged particle (ion) called phosphate.
People who do not have enough phosphorus in their bodies may lose
weight, feel weak, and have growth problems (particularly bone growth).
Foods high in phosphorus include dairy products (such as milk and
cheese), meat, egg yolks, whole grains, peas, and nuts. People who drink large
amounts of alcohol often have low phosphorus levels.
September 30, 2011
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Alan C. Dalkin, MD - Endocrinology
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