• Energy metabolism(ATP)
  • Regulates many hormones
  • Develops and repairs body tissue
  • Lipid phosphorus structures form cell membranes and nervous system structures
  • Component of DNA
Source and function notes
  • Best sources from brewer’s yeast and pumpkin seeds and other seeds
  • Excess intake impairs Calcium absorption
  • Excess phosphorus from soft drinks, fast food or animal sources
Vegetable sources Sea Kelp and Dulse; Garlic; Mushrooms; Peas; Sweet corn; artichoke; Brussel sprouts; broccoli
Fruit sources Raisins, Dried prunes, Dried figs, Dates
Nut and seed sources Pumpkin seeds, Sunflower seeds, Sesame seeds, Almonds, Peanuts, Walnut, Cashews, Pecans
Absorption factors Antacids, iron, aluminium  inhibit absorption
Spice and herb sources
Deficiency factors
  • Weakness
  • Fragile bones
  • Joint stiffness
Toxicity and dangers

Adapted from:

Murray, M. (2005). Encyclopedia of Healing Food. New York, N.Y.: Atria Books

Bland, J., Costarella, L., Levin, B., Liska, D., Lukaczer, D., Schlitz, B., Schmidt, M., Lerman, R., Quinn, S., Jones, D. (2004). Clinical Nutrition: A Functional Approach, Second Edition. Gig Harbor, WA: The Institute for Functional Medicine.

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