Boron

 

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BORON

DESCRIPTION

Boron is a mineral, which only recently has been recognized as playing a part in human nutrition. Its exact functions have yet to be discovered. It is believed to be important in maintaining bone density, and thought to have particular relevance to women.

Administered to menopausal women, it slowed the rate of calcium and magnesium losses and doubled levels of an estrogen metabolite, which is responsible for retaining calcium in the bone. It is thought to help broken bones heal faster. It has been reported to diminish symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.

DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS

No specific symptoms have been recognized with regard to boron deficiency as yet, although a shortage of boron in animals has been documented, resulting in stunted growth.

REQUIRED NUTRITIONAL INTAKE

Since boron has yet to be defined as essential for life, there is no definitive recommended nutritional intake.

Best food sources

Food                                             Boron (mg/100g)

soy………………………………………………………………….. 2.8

prunes……………………………………………………………. 2.7

raisins……………………………………………………………. 2.5

almonds………………………………………………………… 2.3

rose hips………………………………………………………… 1.9

peanuts………………………………………………………….. 1.8

hazelnuts………………………………………………………. 1.6

dates………………………………………………………………. 0.92

wine……………………………………………………… up to 0.85

honey……………………………………………………………… 0.72

SAFETY

As little as 100 mg may produce toxic effects. Short-term doses up to 9 mg are usually safe, but advice from your health care practitioner should be sought out. Vomiting and diarrhea are typical symptoms of boron toxicity.

Boron in the form of boric acid may be quite toxic if ingested or inhaled. The body absorbs boron in too large a quantity in this way. The situation is exacerbated if it is applied to broken skin or membranes.

INTERACTIONS & CONTRAINDICATIONS

If boron is lost as a result of osteoporosis, extra calcium seems to make up for the loss. Animal studies have shown that a deficiency of vitamin D increases the need for boron.

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