How does the Body Benefit from Phosphate Rich Foods
Phosphate is essential in the metabolism of carbohydrates and is required for muscle contraction (via production of ATP). It is widely distributed in our cell membranes. It is also required for the mineralisation of teeth and bones.
Phosphate has a buffering capacity and due to this it has shown potential as an ergogenic aid. A short term study was carried out in 2009 which showed that short term phosphate loading increased VO2 maximum and power output in mountain bikers.
Note of Caution
Excessive phosphate intake is not liked by the body clock. It can lead to abnormal calcium regulations and bone loss.
Some of the offenders are
Fizzy drinks like coke
It is best to stick to whole foods and avoid any type of high dose supplementation.