Functions Of Phosphorus

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Functions of Phosphorus

Phosphorus aid 9 key functions of the body namely bone health, energy production, growth and development, the nervous system, cell membranes, protein synthesis, buffering of the pH of the blood, maintaining the osmotic balance of body fluids and ether attraction.

1. Bone health.

About 85% of your body’s phosphorus is in the bone structure, where it interacts with calcium to form the hard part of the bones.  This, of course, is a critical body function.  The right kind of phosphorus is needed, and the wrong kinds found in raw grains and soda pop, mainly, will tend to destroy the bones faster or cause them to grow in a deformed way.

2. Energy production

This is an important role of phosphorus.  Phosphorus is required for the production of ATP or adenosine triphosphate.  This high-energy phosphorus compound is your body’s “refined fuel”, like the gasoline that runs the automobiles, which is a refined product made from oil or petroleum.

ATP is the end product of the body’s energy cycle, also called the Krebs cycle.  I order to release energy, ATP is changed to ADP or adenosine diphosphate, which releases energy.  Then the ADP is recycled back into ATP and used in this way over and over.  For details, check a biochemistry textbook or look up ATP on the internet.


3. Growth and development.

Phosphorus is extremely important for growth of the body.  For example, mother’s milk is rather low in phosphorus compared to cows milk.  Cows, of course, grow much faster and larger than human beings.  This is one of the problems with drinking cows milk.  Milk from smaller animals such as goats and sheep tends to be more like human milk in their phosphorus content.

Most of the phosphorus from dairy products ends up in the bones to create a strong and healthy body.  Pasteurizing the milk damages some of the calcium and phosphorus compounds it contains.  This can cause severe digestive problems for many people, especially those of the Black and Asian races.  They may not even tolerate raw cow’s milk very well due to its high lactose content.

Homogenizing the milk also may damage some phosphorus compounds and should never be done.  Raw, unpasteurized, and unhomogenized milk is quite safe when produced in a healthy way.

4. The nervous system

The human nervous system is extremely dependent on phosphorus compounds, especially those found in meats and eggs.  For example, phospholipids are needed to form the myelin sheath on the nerves.  This is like the insulation on wires.  If it is not strong, the brain literally short circuits, like two bare wires touching each other.  This can cause seizures, multiple sclerosis and dozens of other problems.

Also, the brain uses so much energy (at least one-third of all your energy) that high-energy phosphorus compounds are critical for thinking and higher brain development of a human being.  This is one of the reasons vegetarians are prone to fatigue, anxiety and depression much more than meat eaters.  Meat is far higher in bioavailable phosphorus compounds than vegetarian proteins like nuts, seeds and beans.


5. Cell membranes.

Phospholipids are also needed to maintain the integrity of our cell membranes.  This may not seem important, but it is a critical body function.  The cell membranes keep the right nutrients inside the cells and keep the bad ones out of the cells.  Omega-3 fatty acids, along with others, are incorporated into phosphorus compounds to form cell membrane structures needed for the transfer of nutrients into the cells and to move waste products out of the cells.


6. All protein synthesis. 

Phosphorus is involved in DNA and RNA metabolism.  RNA, in turn, is needed to make all body proteins, enzymes, hormones and trillions of other chemicals in our bodies.  We must have enough phosphorus or the process stalls and health declines.  Too much mercury or aluminum in the body definitely interferes with the process of protein biosynthesis. This may show up on a hair mineral analysis as a phosphorus level less than about 13 mg%.

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7. Buffering the pH of the blood

Phosphorus compounds perform many interesting functions, among which is buffering acids in the body to maintain a steady pH or acid-base balance.  While phosphorus is considered an acid-forming mineral, this is only partially true.  Phosphorus in certain forms has a neutralizing effect upon lactic acid and other acids that can build up in the body.  So phosphorus can be both acid-forming and alkaline-forming in our bodies depending on what it is used for.


8. Maintaining the osmotic balance of the body fluids

This is another very interesting use of phosphorus in our bodies.  All the fluids in our bodies such as the lymph, blood and the fluid inside of all of our cells must be maintained in a balance.  Otherwise pressures would build up and damage our cell walls, our blood vessels and other pipes or conduits through which the fluids flow.  Some phosphorus compounds help to keep all the fluids in balance by conducting small amounts of it back and forth between various body compartments like the cells, the blood stream and the lymph fluid.


9. Ether attraction

An unusual aspect of phosphorus may be an ability to attract ether – the subtle energy that fills the universe.


Phosphorus on a Hair Mineral Analysis

 The hair phosphorus level is a critical indicator on a properly performed hair mineral test.  Dr. Paul Eck found that the hair phosphorus level mainly has to do with protein biosynthesis.

Without sufficient protein synthesis, healing is definitely impaired.  Thus, correcting the phosphorus level on a hair analysis is of primary importance.

The ideal hair phosphorus level.

This is about 16 mg% or about 160 parts per million.  The hair must not be washed at the laboratory for accurate hair readings.

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