June 21, 2009 9:13PM
Phosphorus is one of the mineral elements, indeed a major
mineral required by the body for its proper metabolism. The term
metabolism used here is in a loose sense. Actually, phosphorus
level in the body is checked alongside with that of calcium. This
is done by the hormone secreted by the parathyroid gland, the
parathyroid hormone (PTH). This hormone is supported by the
prohormone, provitamin D3, which is actually produced by the direct
rays of the UV light at about 298nm on a substrate know as
7-dehydrocholesterol found on the skin.
The regulation of phosphorus alongside with calcium in the body
is important in bone formation and mineralisation as well as in
teeth formation. The amount of these minerals in different parts of
the body like the bone marrow and the plasma must be controlled
effectively to avoid disease states.