is a trace element which influences the metabolism of nutrients involved in the maintenance of strong bones and may play a role in hormone regulation. Known to nutritional professionals as the “calcium helper,”
boron plays a vital role in bone health because it assists calcium absorption and utilization in the body.
Boron is found in most tissues, but is concentrated in the bones, spleen, and thyroid, indicating boron’s functions in bone metabolism and suggesting a potential role for boron in hormone metabolism. Boron is found in relatively high levels in foods of plant origin, such as black beans, peaches, apricots, spinach, strawberries, apples, cantaloupe, and tomatoes. Many of us do not get enough of these items in our diet, and boron supplements can help. Meat and fish are poor dietary sources of boron.
A review of animal and human research on boron yielded the following information, which points to a much more comprehensive view of boron. Deficiency in boron has been shown to contribute to abnormal embryo development, decreased sperm count, ovarian deterioration, damage in reproductive function, decrease in electrical activity in the brain, suboptimal mineral metabolism, poor manual dexterity, and impaired hand-eye coordination.
Boron supplementation was found to increase steroid hormone levels (testosterone) if deficient, increase bone growth and strength, and augment estrogen function.
Therefore, boron may help improve brain function and cognitive functioning; affect thyroid hormone levels; alleviate harmful effects of vitamin D, magnesium, and potassium deficiency in postmenopausal bone loss; play a role in the maintainin gbone mass; be of benefit in the management of arthritis; and reduce calcium loss in postmenopausal women.Directions:
Adults: Take 1 capsule daily or as directed by your health-care practitioner. Take with vitamin D and calcium.Cautions:
Do not use if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Consult a health-care practitioner prior to use if you have been diagnosed with an estrogen-dependent cancer.
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