Elements & Health Project Allison Pernas Ms.Sunday Period 5
How do humans ingest it (by eating or drinking which foods or liquids, etc.) Almost all foods contain phosphorus. Particularly rich sources include dairy products (milk, yogurt, ice cream, cheese), meat, poultry, fish, tofu and eggs. Food additives added during food processing can also contribute to phosphorus intake, such as the phosphoric acid found in soft drinks.
How this element benefitshumans when they ingest (eat or drink) it The mineral phosphorus is a major component of bones and teeth, second only to calcium. Phosphorus helps to maintain a normal pH (acid-base balance) in the body and generates and utilizes energy.
what happens to humans when they do not ingest sufficient amounts of that element Phosphorus deficiency is quite rare in healthy individuals. Dietary phosphorus deficiency is usually only seen in those near total starvation, chronic users of aluminum-containing antacids, alcoholics and diabetics recovering from ketoacidosis (a condition in which the blood becomesacidic). Deficiency results in low blood levels of phosphorus, which is characterized by anorexia, anemia,muscle weakness, bone pain, confusion, increased susceptibility to infection,difficulty walking and, in severe cases, death.
How do humans ingest it (by eating or drinking which foods or liquids, etc.) Copper is found in a wide variety of foods. The best sources of copper are organ meats (especially liver), seafood, nuts, seeds, wheat-bran cereals and whole-grain products.
How this element benefitshumans when they ingest (eat or drink) it Copper is a mineral that works with iron to form healthy red blood cells. Copper helps to produce energy in cells and form a protective covering of your nerves and connective tissues.
what happens to humanswhen they do not ingest sufficient amounts of that element Copper deficiency is relatively rare in humans, but has been found in a few special cases. It has been observed in premature infants fed cow’s milk exclusively, infants recovering from malnutrition and patients with prolonged artificial (tube andintravenous) feedings. In these cases, the symptoms associated with copperdeficiency include a specific anemia (that can be corrected by copper supplementation) and abnormally low levels of white blood cells
How do these elementsinteract with each other in our bodies? Phosphorus/Cu interaction was found when high levels of P accentuated an acute Cu deficiency in citrus seedlings. However, Cu and Zn solubilities can be increased by high levels of P fertilization. This interaction is believed to occur at the site of absorption...possibly with Cu precipitation at the root surface. In other studies, applied P reduced the effect of toxic levels of Cu. Excess Cu can decrease P and Fe absorption