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Nutrigenomics: Phosphorus Metabolism

Posted by Athletigen on Tue, Dec 17, 2019

Nuts are a source of phosphorusEvery cell in your body needs phosphorus to function. Phosphorus is required for cellular energy transfer (as part of ATP), muscle growth and function, bone growth, enzyme formation, DNA replication, and tissue repair after injury. Muscle weakness is the most common symptom of low phosphate intake.

The recommended daily phosphorus intake for adults is 700 mg per day. Protein-rich foods are usually good sources of phosphorus. These include meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy products, nuts, and legumes.

Many factors can influence your ability to absorb phosphorus, including:

  • Diets high in iron or magnesium can inhibit your body’s ability to absorb phosphorus.
  • Frequent alcohol consumption may impair phosphorus absorption.
  • Common medication, including birth control, can lower your phosphorus levels.
Your DNA also plays a role in phosphorus metabolism.
 
The product of the ALPL gene helps cells transport phosphorus into your cells during this growth and repair. Variants of this gene, and variants that regulate its function, have been linked to lower phosphorus levels and inhibited mineralization of bones and teeth.

Athletigen can tell you which variant of the ALPL gene you have and how your DNA affects how you metabolize phosphorus. Get the Nutrition Report and find out what your nutritional needs are!

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