Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for July 15, 2007


Here’s an excerpt from Dr. Jenson’s guide to Body Chemistry and Nutrition. I read this book several months ago and it was great. But now I was looking for something on phosphorus and what a gold mine. This guy is incredible!

“sugar upsets the calcium-phosphorus balance.”

Phosphorus

Phosphorus does not occur in a free state but in the form of phosphates and alkaline salts. It is in the bones in the form of calcium and magnesium phosphate (where it does not glow in the dark) and is an important electrolyte as well. Blood concentrations of phosphorus and calcium reveal a teeter-totter effect-if one is up the other is down. The body contains about 800 grams of phosphorus at any particular time. It Buctuates in its interaction with calcium and requires the help of vitanlin D to be assimilated &-om the small intestine. Seventy to 80 percent of this stored phosphorus is in the bones and teeth, 10 percent is in muscle tissue, and the rest is in the blood, the cells, the fluid surrounding the cells, and in the nerves and brain. Phosphorus, like calcium, is needed by every cell in the body.

Phosphorus plays the starring role in many body functions. As a key ingredient of the energy production process in every cell of the body, adenosine triphosphate helps transform glucose into energy and carbon dioxide. Most enzyme reactions involving B-complex vitamins as cofactors can only take place in the presence of phosphorus. As an essential part of the nucleic acids DNA and RNA, it influences cell reproduction and protein formation.

Phosphorus helps transport and break down fats. A chemical called phosphocreatin energizes muscle contractions. Lecithin, which contains phosphorus, helps keep cholesterol in solution so it can’t deposit on arterial walls and cause cardiovascular disease. Male seminal fluid is mostly lecithin. Lecithin helps substances pass through cell membranes and participates in breaking down fats. About 70 percent of the phosphorus in foods is assimilated into our bodies, unlike calcium, of which only 20 to 30 percent is absorbed from food in the small intestine.

Excess phosphorus and magnesium in the blood hinder absorption of calcium from food. (Calcium, in turn, hinders absorption of iron.) If the intake of calcium, phosphorus, or vitamin D is too low, bones don’t grow properly. Phosphorus, in the form of electrically charged phosphate ions, has a significant influence on water balance and osnlotic pressure in the body. Phosphate in the blood helps maintain the acid-alkaline balance. An acid phosphate (monosodium phosphate) works with an alkaline phosphate (disodium phosphate) to stabilize this balance.

Healing of broken bones, rickets, and osteomalacia is speeded up when there is sufficient phosphorus working with calcium and vitamin D.

CAUSES OF PHOSPHORUS DEFICIENCY

Antacids with aluminum block phosphorus intake, as will an excess of iron. Lack of vitamin D or a high blood level of calcium will block phosphorus assimilation. The hormone calcitonin causes rapid loss of phosphorus, and sugar upsets the calcium-phosphorus balance.

From another web site, I found this:

Fructose: A recent study of 11 adult men found that a diet high in fructose (20% of total calories) resulted in increased urinary loss of phosphorus and a negative phosphorus balance (i.e., daily loss of phosphorus was higher than daily intake). This effect was more pronounced if the diet was also low in magnesium.

A potential mechanism for this effect is the lack of feed back inhibition of the conversion of fructose to fructose-1-phosphate in the liver. In other words, increased accumulation of fructose-1-phosphate in the cell does not inhibit the enzyme that phosphorylates fructose, using up large amounts of phosphate. This phenomenon is known as phosphate trapping.

This finding is relevant because fructose consumption in the U.S. has been increasing rapidly since the introduction of high fructose corn syrup in 1970, while magnesium intake has decreased over the past century.

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July 15, 2007 - Posted by | Health | ,

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