Suzanne Norman

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Boron - The Mighty Mineral You May Be Missing

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

 

Boron is a trace mineral found naturally in soil and abundant in various foods. Recent research has found boron to have massive potential for a variety of therapeutic uses. Everything from wound healing to hormonal balancing. The process by which boron seemingly protects and strengthens connective tissue and bone mass is likely connected to the minerals hormone balancing effects which are seen at even low levels of supplementation

The population groups who consume large amounts of boron naturally whether through rich soil or water have significantly lower levels of reported arthritis, including juvenile arthritis https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=1645463

Such is the case in Israel, where daily boron consumption is very high when compared to the global average, Israel arthritis rates are far below the global average. Israelis consume upwards of 12mg a day of naturally occurring boron, where Americans struggle to get 3mg a day and have experienced increased arthritis (including youth) rates as boron concentration in American soil has substantially decreased due to modern farming practices.

The protection and strengthening of connective tissues and bone mass is being linked to boron’s hormone balancing effects which are seen at even low levels of supplementation. Increased levels of almost all sex hormones have been observed in a variety of trials with both men and women. Most notably the hormone estradiol, which plays a vital role in the repair and building process of both bone and other tissue, has been shown to be significantly raised after only a week of 6mg a day supplementation. Boron supplementation of a similar dosage has also been shown to be effective at helping to convert more testosterone to free testosterone, most likely through its ability to decrease sex hormone-binding globulin. The hormonal benefits of boron could be massively important to post-menopausal women who struggle with hormone production, as boron supplementation has been reliably shown to increase many hormonal markers in trials.

Boron ability to seemingly cooperate with magnesium and vitamin D in a beneficial way has been well documented in recent years, especially with growing awareness of vitamin D deficiency around the world (thanks to a misguided campaign to demonize the sun and glorify toxic sun screen) and its detrimental effects on overall health. A 2009 study even found that supplementing with 6mg of boron with no additional vitamin D consumption increased vitamin D concentration in participants blood by 20%! The study was conducted in Europe in the winter so the chances of this being from sun exposure is minimal, especially considering the controls saw their measured levels drop. Boron not only positively compliment vitamin D and increases its bioavailability through increasing its half-life, but it can also keep serum calcium and magnesium levels balanced through blunting the degradation of estradiol. Through a variety of processes, many of which are still trying to be accurately observed, boron not ony helps utilize the minerals you have consumed, but can even reverse deficiencies of key nutrients such as vitamin D and magnesium.

The general health and anti-inflammatory effects of boron are likely tied into the processes mentioned above, but nonetheless, almost all major markers of inflammation such as hs-CRP (high sensitivity C-reactive protein - used to assess your risk of heart disease) and TNF-a (tumor necrosis factor) have been shown to be reduced after boron supplementation. In a recent study, male participants saw their serum IL-6 cut IN HALF after only one week of supplementing 10mgs. These anti-inflammatory effects of boron could also tie into the arthritis mystery that was touched on earleir. (IL-6 is Interleukin 6 – an interleukin that acts as both a pro-inflammatory cytokine and an anti-inflammatory myokine. IL-6 is secreted by T cells and macrophages to stimulate immune response)

The positive effects of boron all seem to tie into each other in one way or another

Supplementing Boron

Most studies involving boron supplementation use a form that you can easily pick up at your local health food store. Weight lifters were ahead of the boron curve and have been supplementing boron since the 80’s as a way to increase hormone production, so there are a wide variety of brands and forms. Our personal favorite is Trace Minerals

https://thrivemarket.com/brand/trace-minerals

In terms of supplement timing, boron does not have a time of day that’s best to take, although I would assume morning would be better for people seeking the anti-inflammatory effects (as IL-6 was reduced just 6 hours after taking!), while nighttime is better for people looking for the hormonal and repair process benefits. Taking with food is a good option just watch out for high amounts of fiber as that interferes with the absorption of all minerals.

Boron could possibly reduce vitimin B2 levels after long term use, so supplementing with a B complex every once in a while is a good idea if boron is something you’re considering.

As with any mineral and vitamin, it’s best to get from a clean food source, but that is getting harder and harder these days with our degraded soil.

https://www.curejoy.com/content/food-source-rich-in-boron/

More research and information here:   https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4712861/

 

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