Mineral - Phosphorus
In today's discussion, we will be looking at Phosphorus. Quickly let's get the technical material by the wayside, so we can go directly to the core of this vitally important mineral. Likely you could classify this mineral as one of the most important. But then again, each one of these minerals is really of the same status, when it comes to being vitally important. But with this mineral, you will likely be familiar with some aspects of it. Phosphorus associates with the amino acid, Asparagine. It is used 8,898,448 times in the DNA sequencing process and follows the GAC codon. It weighs in at the very low molecular weight of 30.97, carries a valence number of -3 when expressed within the DNA structure, but works within the +4 and +5 range as it pertains to the electron valences. It is recognized by the symbol of P.
Phosphorus is found in quite a number of different forms. Some are very useful in biological roles while others really have no value in biological or plant life functions. For the most part, we are focusing on the biological roles with only an occasional mention of non-biological roles. Phosphorus is classified as a macro-nutrient. From a scientific aspect, it is considered a pnictogen. Which in simple terms means that itis part of the nitrogen family of elements. Other members of this family are or elements of Arsenic, Antimony, Bismuth, Moscivium, Nitrogen. Within this family we find Phosphorus being the dominant member and thus controlling the whole family, so to speak. All of those minerals mentioned are vital for biological function but can be very unstable when Phosphorus is either not there as it should be or too much or even out of ratio balance with those minerals. When you have the right balance of Phosphorus, then most of the time these other mentioned minerals, will fall into line and function as they should.
Phosphorus has a strong connection to Calcium. Phosphorus is vital for Calcium to achieve its purposes and objectives in biological functioning when itis within the proper balance rations. Too much and it can lead to calcification of soft tissue, organs and then to further interfere with the biological function of Iron, Zinc, Magnesium and of course Calcium its self. Not only that of directly messing with the functioning of these minerals, it actually will influence, in a negative way, the functioning of every single mineral found on the periodic table of elements. Indeed you could term this mineral with the idea of, walking softly and carrying, and using a big stick, a very big stick and having a short temper. In short, its influence is felt and observed, everywhere in biological functioning. Not only is the physical function is affected, but the mental function is as well. Also, the Calcium-Phosphorus team contributes to bone and teeth growth and nerve cell formation.
The main, generalized functioning of Phosphorus is that it coats the nerves. This allows for proper nerve function and affects the speed of electrical transmission of the signals. Phosphorus is vital for the metabolism of lipids and carbohydrates. It is also associated with intelligence, brain-nerve stimulation. Also, it is required for cell growth, actually every single cell in the biological functioning entity. In fact, the little sack that surrounds each cell is primarily made of Phosphorus, as without this mineral, the sack wouldn't exist. What a mess that would be. I am sure that most of you have heard of ATP? This is Adenosine Triphosphate. This is what transports energy to the cells. In short, any cell that uses energy uses Phosphorus. So I hope by now I have painted a picture of Phosphorus in one form or another is used everywhere within the biological entity.
So where does Phosphorus come from? Well, it is very abundant within the earth's crust, well, just about everywhere. But it is widely used as a key fertilizer in agriculture production. So you get it from your food, for the most part. There are places where the Phosphorus has accumulated and in those places, people have developed mines to collect and grind up the Phosphorus rock into granules and then that is distributed for agricultural use. At least that is where the vast majority of Phosphorus is used. In that form, it is normally referred to as Phosphate. Then they will sometimes combine it with Sulfur and then it is called Superphosphate. Normally the main reason for the Phosphorus being used in agricultural applications is associated with the below ground development of the plant and for overall health for the whole plant. Over 1,000,000 tons of Phosphate is mined per year world and the use is growing pretty much 2 times as fast as the population growth rate.
Other uses for Phosphorus are for use in making matches, detergents, metallurgic will use relatively small amounts of Phosphorus. Then you have the Organophorous compounds. In this group, you will find plastics, pesticides, water treatment compounds, nerve agents, extracts, and flame retardants. Speaking of the nerve agents, this is sort of related, and that is the weaponization of Phosphorus. In this situation at one time in the past, this mineral was developed into a type of Phosphorus that was used in hand grenades. This was eventually outlawed by International Law. The reason was that when the hand grenades blew up, it would spew the Phosphorus all over and when it comes into contact with skin, it would stick and burn, as it was almost impossible to extinguish. However, lawful military use allows for a type of White Phosphorus to be used in smoke screening activities, tracer ammunition and incendiary bombs. It is with the last use that I am intimately familiar with. When I was serving in a Field Artillery Unit, we used them to illuminate a large area, usually the impact range, at night. The way that would work is that around, referred to as a Willie Peter, White Phosphorus round, would be shot to a very high height. When it reached a pre-determined altitude it would deploy. By deploying it would shoot out a parachute that would allow a bright flare, which is made up of White Phosphorus to slowly fall to the ground. While it was burning, the area would be lit up almost as bright as daylight, only with a white hue. The area that was illuminated was about several miles in diameter. Anyway, I always thought it was cool when we were allowed to pump some of those rounds up. However, sometimes the parachute didn't open, the bright burning flare would go crashing to the ground. Then when it hit the ground, it would send the White Phosphorus would be scattered in quite a large area. Of course, it burned until it was consumed. But that wasn't cool to allow happen, so they would do a fire for effect fire mission to put out the fire. Needless to say that it was like in a war zone as every howitzer in the unit (usually 6 of them) would fire round after round for about 5 minutes onto the area bring in an effort to put out the fire.
Essential Oil Connection.
When we look at the EO connection, we run into the same issue here as we do in many of the other minerals that are low on the molecular weight scale. IE; they are very volatile and since they are light, they escape their confinement very quickly when some heat is applied to the plant residue containing the EO. I am not going to list all of the herbs and their ppm levels as the list is pages long. The reason for this is because Phosphorus is in everything, or at least is supposed to be when all things are normal. But there is always that little deal where some plants will take up more and even store more Phosphorus than other plants. Of course, the health of the soil contributes considerably to this aspect but we will find the trend is more or less depending on the family group of the plants. To begin with we see a plant that is considered a super food and that is the Beet. In this case the Beet Root. It comes in at about 45,000 ppm. Lambsquarter, which is considered to be a weed by most accounts comes in at 37,000 ppm. Then we have Tomatillos at 30,000 ppm. Flax Seed comes in at 20,000 ppm, then Luffa Spong seed at 16,000 ppm and the Luffa Song Leaf at 14,000 ppm. Horsetail plant at 14,700 ppm. Watermelon Seed at 14,600. Sesame Seed at 14,000 ppm and good old Lettuce at 13,900 ppm. Most Beans come in at the 14,000 to 12,000 ppm ranges. Pumpkin Seed at 12,900 ppm. Then Cucumber fruit at 12,600. Then we see good old Cannabis Seed at 11,200 ppm. Anyway, foods and plants used for herb applications filling up this area like crazy in the 5 to 10,000 range. We don't start seeing plants and their essential oils coming in until we get tot he upper 7,000 range. Here we find Peppermint at 7,700 ppm, then Dill both Weed and Seed at 7,600 ppm, Then we see Coriander Seed at 6,700 ppm, Cumin at 5,600 ppm, Ginger at 5,300 ppm, Garlic at 5,200 ppm, Basil at 5,100 ppm, Fennel at 5,000 ppm, Anise Seed at 4,800 ppm, Spearmint at 4,700 ppm, Marjoram at 3,700, Roman Chamomile at 3,200 ppm, Grapefruit at 2,500 pp, Thyme at 2,500 pp, and Nutmeg at 2,400 ppm. So from this list, you can see what foods/herbs do contain a high amount a ppm basis of Phosphorus than do the EO's. But that is not to say that the EO's won't go a long way in serving the needs for Phosphorous as many times you will need just a taste to bring out the full flavor. In this case, it is just a little bit of EO with Phosphorus to wake up the receptors or to balance out the ratios then, in turn, that will kick the biological functioning into a higher level of performance. This is where the oils really shine, in doing just this.
Summary and Discussion;
As we have demonstrated, Phosphorus is everywhere and is used everywhere. It actually has far more biological applications than it does none- biological functions. Other sources of Phosphorus, usually referred to as Phosphate, is Guano. Which is essentially decomposed Bat poop. Guano can also refer to other forms of feces and sometimes urine. As it goes Urine is a good supply of Phosphorus. So even though the "sky is falling" people claiming that the Phosphorus use is being used up way too fast, they don't take into account the renewable sources of Phosphorus.
It is claimed that the most destructive form of Phosphorus to a biological entity is Phosphoric Acid. This form is often applied to processed food. The big source of this type is from Carbonated Soft Drinks. When consumed in this form, it usually reduces the amount of Calcium absorbed which in turn leads to Porous and Brittle Bones. It also upsets the balance of many of the various minerals and their ratios. Which leads to a whole list of disease issues. Some healthcare professions have gone so far as to say that growing children should not consume soft drinks because of the damage that it does in these areas, leading to many times the person never being able to recover, thus leading to a long list of health issues as they age. This paragraph pretty much sums up the Phosphorus overdose symptoms. Now with the Phosphorus deficiency category, you will find abnormal weight loss or gain, general weakness, lack of or reduced sexual function, and deficient brain and nerve function. As a side note, Phosphorus is used as a reduction agent in the production of Meth. No, I won't tell you anything more than that about it. But this form is closely guarded by the DEA and is under one of the categories of industrial uses of Phosphorus.
So when we come to this mineral, we do need to take some "extra" Phosphorus aside from our food. You can't really gain a whole lot from elemental Phosphate, So for me anyway, I am not excited about chowing down on Bat Guano. So what is the alternative? Usually, a Plant-based mineral supplement is best. Since we know that a plant will take in these minerals, convert them to a usable form and organize the ratios that are best for us to gain the most valuable form, I think the answer is pretty simple. One really good source for this mineral that will work really good for a human is the pre-historic based mineral sources. These are ones where the plants at the time were not contaminated with pollutants that we have today. Also, some of these mineral salts can also be a good source. Although with them, you sort of limit yourself to the salt intake. Even if it is a good salt, sometimes the body will say, enough is enough of that one mineral.
So in simple terms, Phosphorus and its various forms are vital for all cells and their function in the biological entity. Not only is it involved in all things physical with the body, itis also involved with all things mentally with that same person as well. IE; you can't live without it. IE; you simply won't live.
That wraps up the E-Lecture on Phosphorus. Thank you for your time and interest. The next one is a very timely one that is really a needed one and there are simple solutions to the improper use of it.