Boron element
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Boron is a vital trace mineral that is required for the normal growth and health of the body. Many dangerous conditions like arthritis and osteoporosis are naturally managed by Boron, and it helps to reduce menopausal symptoms as well. It is believed that boron improves the natural ability of the human body to absorb calcium and magnesium.

Important Sources of Boron

Fruits like apples, oranges, red grapes, pears, plums, kiwis, sultanas, dates, as well as certain vegetables, avocado, soybeans and nuts are rich sources of boron. Chickpeas, borlotti beans, hazel nuts, currants, peanut butter, red kidney beans, tomato, lentils, olive, onion, potato wine, and beer are also notable sources of Boron. There are so many sources that there is no reason to ever suffer from a deficiency.

Comment: There are many factors that could affect the availability of a nutrient in foods (including processing, storage, and soil depletion), so even though a nutrient should be widely available, it is still quite possible to have a nutrient deficiency.

Deficiency Symptoms of Boron

Although all of the deficiency symptoms of boron are not fully understood, it is known that boron deficiency might result in the abnormal metabolism of calcium and magnesium.

Comment: Magnesium has been depleted in the soil while calcium remains readily available, so many people are deficient in it and would benefit from supplementation. See more:

Some of the other symptoms include:
  • hyperthyroidism
  • sex hormone imbalance
  • osteoporosis
  • arthritis
  • neural malfunction
Boron is an essential trace element that is largely overlooked. However, it is crucial to include boron in the daily diet to ensure a healthy and disease-free life. Some of its benefits include the following:

Health Benefits of Boron

Prevents Arthritis: Boron is a successful treatment option for arthritis and in more than 95% of cases, significant improvement was noticed by effectively increasing calcium integration into the cartilage and bone. With increasing age, the bones might become weak and porous and boron can stem this deterioration by ensuring that calcium levels are maximized and used effectively.

Reduces Severity of Rheumatoid Arthritis: Boron greatly reduces the allergenic and inflammatory conditions that are typically associated with rheumatoid arthritis.

Comment: Autoimmune condition may actually be caused by an underlying infection by a pathogen. See our forum thread on the topic here: AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES CAUSED BY AN INFECTION?

Used for Body Building: Boron is able to enhance the testosterone levels in males; this quality is increasingly taken advantage of by male body builders and athletes. Although some weight lifters prefer to take boron supplements to enhance their testosterone levels, there has been no concrete evidence or explanation of the mechanism by which is helps to make them any more successful.

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Helps in Bone Health: The bone building capacities of boron are often ignored in favor of calcium. However, boron actually works in unison with calcium to strengthen the bones. It plays a very important role in minimizing the risks of osteoporosis and arthritis. Boron also helps in the metabolism of minerals that are involved in bone development such as calcium, magnesium and copper. Furthermore, boron affects various hormones, including estrogen and testosterone, which are also related to the overall health of the body's bones.

Estrogen Production: Boron can improve the production of estrogen in menopausal women, and can bring back their sex drive within a few days of treatment. Boron increases the level of natural sex hormones in the body, thereby reducing the need for hormone replacement therapy or other pharmaceutical solutions.

Embryonic development: Boron appears to be essential for reproduction and the development of the fetus, although not much information is available on this property, and research is ongoing.

Prevents Post-Menopausal Osteoporosis: Boron can ease the symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats that are typically associated with menopause, and it ensures that mineral levels remain at appropriate levels, since post-menopausal women often suffer from hormonal imbalances that can skew many of the body's most important systems.

Cancer therapy: Boron neutron capture agents are used for cancer therapy and in the development of strong enzyme inhibitors. Boron compounds are also used as antibody mimics that can easily identify biologically important saccharides.

Proper Cell Membrane Function: Boron plays an important role in maintaining cellular and organ membrane functions and in stabilizing the hormone receptors so the bodily processes go smoothly.

Prevents Blood Clots: It is believed that boron can influence some of the blood clotting factors in the body. However, more studies need to be done to authenticate this finding, which would make boron a major ally in the fight against heart disease!

Congestive Heart Failure: Boron can significantly alleviate the difficulties caused by congestive heart failure conditions.

Lowers Plasma Lipid Levels: Boron helps to reduce lipid accumulation and enables the removal of cholesterol through various means, thereby reducing the chances of developing conditions like atherosclerosis and blood clots, and protecting the body against strokes and heart attacks.

Health benefits of Boron
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Decreases Fungal Infections: Boron protects the body from a host of parasitic attacks such as Candida Albicans and other nasty fungal infections.

Brain Function and Cognitive Performance: Studies have shown that boron can enhance brain function, eye-hand coordination, short-term memory and the powers of concentration.

Enzyme Inhibitors: Boron might inhibit some harmful enzymes from forming or acting, while simultaneously serving as a co-factor for other beneficial enzymatic reactions.

However, even good things should be consumed in moderation...

Symptoms of boron overdose toxicity would include nausea, vomiting, weakness, and dermatitis. In some cases, skeletal abnormalities are also experienced. Normally, boron is easily absorbed and excreted through the urine. However, in people with kidney problems, boron might accumulate in heart, kidneys, brain and tissues, so be aware of how much you are taking in, particularly if you are using high-concentration supplements.