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Fluorine as Mineral - Rich Food Sources, Functions, Deficiency & Daily Requirements for Children, Men & Women

Presentation Notes on Fluorine (F) Vegetarian & Non Vegetarian Food Sources, Recommended Dietary Allowance, Fluorine deficiency disorders, Role in Human Body with Treatment & Toxicity in word / .doc / ppt format

Fluorine :

10-20 mg of fluorine in its ionized form is present in the blood. Although not strictly essential, fluoride enhances well-being. Fluoride is found in the bones and teeth. 

Sources:
  • Drinking water, tea, salmon and sardine.

Requirement:
  • 1-2ppm (since fluorine is absorbed through water it is expressed as ppm).

Absorption and excretion: 
  • Easily absorbed from small intestine.
  • More than half of the ingested fluoride is excreted through urine and the rest is deposited in bones, where there is accumulation with age.

Functions:

Tooth development and dental health:-
  • Fluorine is required in traces for development of teeth.
  • Helps in prevention of dental caries.
  • Large amounts causes fluorosis involving mottling of the enamel. In these conditions, enamel is stratified and it has dull white patches. Tooth shows brown stains and pits.
Bone development :-
  • Promotes bone development. 
  • Increases calcium and phosphate retention and prevents old-age osteoporosis. 
  • Increased uptake enhances osteoblastic activity, calcium deposition and density of bones. 
  • Fluoride is an inhibitor of enolase, blocking this enzyme inhibits glycolysis.

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