That is where most of the early adaptors in the population are headed. Headed to prevent disease and if the medical profession wants to maintain it strangle hold on our health, they will need to realize this and act accordingly. A healthy body is amazing at preventing disease.
But it is almost as if we were trying to test how much we can deprive our body before it quits. To fix this we must, like in the case of boron, if deficient add these substances to help our body function optimally. Eventually it will be the norm, but not if we don’t ask for it.
As our body to improve its health requires additional cellular machinery. This cellular machinery requires vitamins, minerals and nutrients for this to be created and function properly. As, to make this happen they are many interactions between the key minerals and vitamins I discuss in my blog and in my book.
Like vitamin D3, vitamin K2, vitamin B12 and magnesium, boron and zinc. I am looking into iodine as it occurred to me that perhaps salt craving was in some a craving instead for it and as iodine effects metabolism there might be a connection. More on that later.
Perhaps too much for you to try to or want to keep track of. Remember that vitamin D3 is key. If you were to add one substance that would be magnesium. That is, it. The others are helpful and for example vitamin K2 your body when healthy probably produces more then enough.
The vitamin D3 will help you get to that point by the time your blood levels reach higher levels of vitamin D3. I and thousands of my patients too the optimal dose of vitamin D3 for years without extra vitamin K2 and did fine. As in the few cases where their osteoporosis did not resolve it did not worsen.
Perhaps in those cases they could have benefitted from additional vitamin K2. However, they over all were so much better it was clear that optimal doses of vitamin D3 alone were significant and not harmful. What I did notice is the number of vertebral fractures went from about 50 a year to none.
That the incidence of those with heart issues from atherosclerosis like heart attacks significantly dropped. No, not a study but my experience and reason studies with doses and blood levels that will make a difference instead of doses and blood levels to treat rickets like currently used are needed.
Yes, there are many vitamins and minerals the body is dependent on that we don’t receive enough of. But these vitamins and minerals listed above are the one we seem to most often lack enough quantities of in our diets or acquire (sunshine and vitamin D3).
They also seem to have a larger effect on our health and are closely codependent on each other. The deficiency of these substances is becoming more common and widespread which may help explain the increase in diseases like autism or all the recent new to us in US viral diseases.
So back to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Where estrogen had a protective effect. So as our soil in US is for most part lacking boron, there is no incentive to add it and thus are foods are deficient in it. This leading to most being deficient.
Like my previous blog on boron and osteoarthritis perhaps boron deficiency is leading to other diseases. Ones we don’t think of as either caused by or exasperated by a mineral deficiency like boron. In the case of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) boron increases women’s estrogen blood levels.
It also though increases them in men. As, in the Naghii study additional boron likewise showed a doubling of estrogen levels in men.1 So, both sexes were affected equally. Well so far it is clear that a deficiency in boron means those estrogen levels will be lower than if not.
That estrogen acts in a neuro protective way thus, a deficiency of boron makes the central nervous system (CNS) which includes the brain and spinal cord potentially more at risk for injury. To offer a balanced approach one study found no neuroprotective effect of estrogen for ALS in women.2
Like so many things we don’t fully understand what causes ALS. So, it is difficult to set up experiments to test what factors like estrogen that may or may not affect it. What I have laid out in these blog posts was an effort to better understand what we do know.
As boron has no RDA and itself still not fully understood as to how it works in the body. Thus, there is much more research needed. Yes, ALS is an extremely rare disease but by studying the interaction of minor minerals and diseases allows us to better understand how our bodies work.
Perhaps helping improve the health of a few will improve it for the majority. As not much study in men concerning estrogen compared to the study of it in women. Usually the study of estrogen in women has to do with menopause. So not much to lose and potentially lots to gain from studying estrogen effects elsewhere.
- Naghii MR, Samman S. The effect of boron supplementation on its urinary excretion and selected cardiovascular risk factors in healthy male subjects. Biol Trace Elem Res. 1997 Mar; 56(3):273-86.
- Rudnicki SA. Estrogen replacement therapy in women with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. J Neurol Sci. 199 Oct 31;169(1-2):126-7.
*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!