Like before in previous blog posts I have tried to bring to you useful information. Boron is one of the substances I have come across that I believe is important to your health. Because you typically do not receive enough in your diet. That would not matter if it had no importance to your health, but it does.
epidemiologic evidence that in areas of the world where boron intakes usually are 1.0 mg or less/day the estimated incidence of arthritis ranges from 20 to 70%, whereas in areas of the world where boron intakes are usually 3 to 10 mg, the estimated incidence of arthritis ranges from 0 to 10%. 1
See in countries like the US where they receive inadequate boron in their diets, they have not only an increase in osteoarthritis but an increase in osteoarthritis pain.2 Adequate boron reduces this pain. 2 That is huge and from a mineral most have never heard of. I first heard of it from my brother Scott.
I was having horrible shoulder pain and it was the weekend. He had told me how it could be made from unscented Borax. So, I made some and it helped my shoulder pain. It did not eliminate my pain but helped. Since then I have bought the supplement and taken it.
After time it is hard to tell if it is helping. So, I stopped for a couple days and the pain to my shoulder increased. A double blind study but as I would tell others if it affected you then that is all YOU need to know.
As like most supplements that may be preventing disease, how do you know? There is scientific evidence it strengthens bones. That alone shows it helps. Do we receive enough? No as unfortunately our soils in US are depleted.
Not that I can blame farmers as there is no incentive to add minerals like this to their soils. Boron boosts our immune system and I wonder if it would or could do the same for plants. Musing further I wonder if vitamin D2, though not ideal for humans, produced by mushrooms and if it could improve the health of crops. Some fungi are known to work in symbiosis with plants.
Perhaps like D3 helps mammals D2 could help plants. Boost their immune system? Despite the many attempts to disparage (I like that word but know it is pretentious) by the supposed and unbiased “experts”, those of us who advocate for supplements are more of scientist then they are.
We try to one up these supposed experts as they are well known or the institute, they work for is, so those of us on the outside need to do something many of them don’t do. We look to for the truth, not pick a side because it benefits us. By searching for the truth, we benefit you and us.
No, typically no big fat paychecks, but that shouldn’t matter. I understand people don’t nor should they work for free. As you know anyone spending their time giving an opinion has something to gain. We all have biases. The point is to tell the truth as you know it. That should be the standard.
Though in my opinion I am seeing a trend of studies done, this one on boron, where the doses are so low, I wonder why they bothered to do the study. Other then to try to convince others supplementing with boron has no affect. 3 They use a dose of 2.5mg’s/day.
- Newnham R. E. (1994). Essentiality of boron for healthy bones and joints. Environmental health perspectives, 102 Suppl 7(Suppl 7), 83-5.
- Travers RL, Rennie GC, Newnham RE. (1990) Boron and Arthritis: The Results of a Double-blind Pilot Study, Journal of Nutritional Medicine, 1:2, 127-132, DOI: 10.3109/13590849009003147
- Green, N. R., & Ferrando, A. A. (1994). Plasma boron and the effects of boron supplementation in males. Environmental health perspectives, 102 Suppl 7(Suppl 7), 73-7.
*The information posted above is for educational purposes only. Always check with your doctor before initiating any changes in your medical treatment. If you do not, then The Two-Minute Health Fact, Dr. Judson Somerville, nor The Optimal Dose is responsible!