3 good reasons to ensure there's Phosphorus in your diet
Why do we need Phosphorus?
Phosphorus is a mineral that helps build strong bones and teeth. It also helps release energy from food.
Where can we get Phosphorus from?
Phosphorus is found in many foods. Some good vegan sources include bread, brown rice, and oats.
How much Phosphorus do we need?
Adults need 550mg of phosphorus a day.
What happens if we consume too much Phosphorus?
Taking high doses of phosphorus supplements for a short time can cause diarrhoea or stomach pain. Taking high doses for a long time can reduce the amount of calcium in the body, which means bones are more likely to fracture.
What does the Department of Health have to say about Phosphorus?
“You should be able to get all the phosphorus you need by eating a varied and balanced diet. If you take phosphorus supplements, it's important not to take too much as this could be harmful. Taking 250mg or less a day of phosphorus supplements on top of the phosphorous you get from your diet is unlikely to cause any harm.”
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