Tips for Better Bone Building, Part 4: Phosphorus

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Today’s topic:
Tips for Better Bone Building, Part 4: Phosphorus

The mineral phosphorus is as important to bone health as calcium. However, calcium and phosphorus sit on opposing sides of the mineral balance upon which your bones depend. Although phosphorus plays very critical roles in proving “attachment” sites for calcium in the mineral-dense areas of bone, it can compete with calcium for “room” in the blood. In other words, as the amount of phosphorus in the blood increases, the kidneys send more calcium out of the body. If your usual condition is too much phosphorus in your blood, then there will usually be too little calcium circulating through your body and the parathyroid gland will spark into action. As your bones are dissolved in the futile attempt to restore your blood’s calcium content, the high level of phosphorus keeps on stimulating the kidney to shoot calcium back out – a bad situation for your skeleton. Because most people in North America habitually tend to consume foods and beverages that provide enormous amounts of phosphorus, restraint rather than supplementation is the key to healthy phosphorus nutrition.

Next Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging topic:
Tips for Better Bone Building, Part 5: Magnesium