Spiral Chef News: Benefits of Boron

Benefits of Boron (arthritis, hot flashes, bone density, sex drive)

(The following are news items and opinions. This is not medical advice.)

Avocados contain Boron 1668.00 mcg

Boron is a vital trace mineral that is required for normal growth and health of the body. While boron is an effective treatment for 95% or more in the relief of arthritis (provided the joint has not completely deteriorated) its range of action extends beyond that. It works very well in alleviating arthritis, partly due to its crucial role of calcium integration into the cartilage and bone. This is important for all of us as we age, even if we do not have arthritis.

It seems that those who are under 60 years of age with arthritis will see results the first month of boron supplementation while those in their 60’s will notice relief in the second month. For those over 70 years of age, it may take 3 months of supplementation to get the desired results. 10mgs to 30mgs per day is recommended.

Aging is partly associated with weakening of the bones as they become increasingly porous — adequate boron can prevent this aging effect.

For instance, an elderly lady began to take boron daily a few months before her operation for an artificial hip that had been scheduled before she started to take the boron. The surgeon found that he could not use the usual saw for cutting the bone in the hip replacement surgery; the bone was just too hard, like that of a young person, so he had to use a stronger saw to do the job.

Boron is essential for estrogen production and can have a rapid effect in helping menopausal women.

It may quickly reduce hot flashes. Boron may bring the sex drive back for either gender even if it’s been absent for years. It’s actually quite powerful, and you may not want to use it everyday for this purpose as it could make you overly aggressive (be prepared to workout if it does).

The best and safest sources come from plants such as green leafy vegetables, legumes, grains, nuts, wine, beer and cider, and non-citrus fruits, including grapes, raisins and apples. No boron requirement or allowance has been set for humans but nutritionists say that 1 to 3 milligrams of boron daily is healthful and safe for most adults.

The American Society for Nutritional Sciences has additional information on boron’s role in human health.

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