It combines with calcium to create the calcium-phorsphorus balance necessary for the growth of bones and teeth and in the formation of nerve cells.
- This mineral is also essential for the assimilation of carbohydrates and fats.
- It is a stimulant to the nerves and brain.
- Phosphorous is found in abundance in cereals, pulses, nuts, egg yolk, fruit juices, milk and legumes.
- Usually about one gram of phosphorous is considered necessary in the daily diet.
- A phosphorous deficiency may bring about loss of weight, retarded growth, reduced sexual powers and general weakness.
- It may result in poor mineralisation of bones, deficient nerve and brain function.
- While taking calcium in therapeutic doses for calcium deficiency conditions or for treating ailments, it is advisable to take the calcium supplement in which phosphorous has been added in the correct proportions.
- This is necessary as calcium cannot achieve its objectives unless phosphorous is present in a proper balance.
CATHERINE SHALINI RAJA
CARDIO RESPIRATORY PHYSICAL THERAPIST
FITNESS & SPORTS REHABILITATION SPECIALIST.