Phosphorus, like calcium, gives strength to bones and teeth and is essential for normal metabolism of proteins, fats and carbohydrates. It also acts as a cofactor for many enzyme systems and regulates the use of B group vitamins.
The world around us is rich in minerals, but just they get into our bodies in smaller quantities than is needed. The reasons for this are numerous.
The human body does not produce any of the minerals, so they must get from food and supplementation to the diet. Some minerals (eg, bone calcium and phosphorus) can be stored in the body. In this case, the body can extract the required elements as appropriate.
The current practice of aggressive agriculture impoverishes the mineral composition of soils, therefore, modern man uses the products do not contain mineral substances in sufficient quantities.
As pointed out by P. Bergner ("The healing power of minerals, special nutrients and micronutrients", 1998), in connection with the general change in the chemical composition of agricultural products during the period from 1914 to 1992, the iron content in american apples declined by almost 90% (!), calcium - 48%, magnesium - 83%. In cabbage, the calcium content fell from 248 mg per 100 g to 47 (ie 5 times), magnesium - from 66 to 15 mg (4 times), and iron - from 1,5 mg to 0.59 mg per 100 g of product (more than 2 times).
In addition, significant amounts of vitamins and trace elements disappear from the products in their cooking. Also, many dishes, which are generally assumed to be well complement each other, in fact, hinder the assimilation of the components contained in each of them.
Another reason for the depletion of our diet is the rampant use of refined products, sugar, sweet sodas, canned food, long storage frozen foods, especially meat and fish.
As a result, according to American nutritionists, the average American diet today provides only 50-60% of daily requirement for magnesium (the deficit was observed in 75-85% of surveyed U.S. residents), 50% - in the copper, selenium, calcium, 70-90% of people lose a dietary zinc and chromium. Most of the elderly residents of developed countries (especially women) suffer from a shortage of copper and manganese, and potassium. Lack of iron and zinc in particular is often seen in adolescents and pregnant women.
Lack of minerals in the body leads to sad consequences. Thus, zinc deficiency causes a disturbance of puberty. Lack of calcium and phosphorus facing thinning and brittle bones, iron deficiency causes anemia, iodine deficiency leads to diseases of the thyroid gland.
Revolutionary changes have taken place in human nutrition, for just a hundred years have led to the spread of so-called diseases of civilization, most of which are associated with deficiency of micronutrients. Therefore, to provide the modern man a necessary set of minerals, had to take care of the artificial enrichment of the diet with vitamins, minerals and trace elements.
It has become a vital necessity to add them to the food and almost mandatory use of special drugs and dietary supplements. Today, most residents of the United States, Europe, Japan and more people in less developed countries, regularly compensate for the lack of nutrients by this way.