Boron & Borax – What’s up with the “Miracle Cure”?
The trace element boron, which has been largely unknown for a long time, has been experiencing a hype for some time now. It has been touted as a true miracle cure, said to promote bone formation, positively influence hormone balance, have an anti-inflammatory effect, alleviate osteoarthritis and arthritis, and help with allergies.
But is it all true? We took a closer look at this trace element for you.
Boron = heavy metal = toxic?
We are asked again and again whether or to what extent boron is poisonous. We can reassure you. In order to actually cause poisoning with symptoms such as nausea and vomiting, you would have to consume more than 100 mg of boron per day, which is quite unlikely in view of this quantity.
Boron Promotes Bone Health
Boron is essential for the health of our bones and joints. Naturopaths have long considered it to be an important trace element for building and maintaining bone structure, and it is used in the treatment of osteoporosis, among other conditions.
But why is this? Quite simply, boron promotes the activity and proliferation of bone-forming cells. It controls bone mineralization by influencing the regulation of the bone-building nutrients calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D, as well as the hormones testosterone and estrogen, which are important for bone formation.
Boron reduces renal excretion of calcium and magnesium while improving intestinal absorption and incorporation into bone. Because boron acts on magnesium, which converts vitamin D to its active form, boron also affects our vitamin D levels. It also inhibits an enzyme that breaks down vitamin D.
Boron Regulates Sex Hormones Testosterone and Estrogen
Boron also plays a key role in regulating the sex hormones testosterone and estrogen. Taking boron increases testosterone levels in men and estrogen levels in women. The latter is especially important during and after menopause, when estrogen is in short supply in the body. Since declining estrogen levels are thought to be a major cause of bone loss in postmenopausal women, regular boron supplementation may help increase bone density and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. However, women on hormone replacement therapy or anti-hormone therapy should consult with their therapist before supplementing with boron.
Other Effects of Boron:
- Regulates acid-base balance (boron is alkaline)
- Supports the parathyroid glands
- Improves electrical activity in the brain, improving cognitive performance and short- and long-term memory
- Strengthens vision and balance
- Protects against pesticide-induced oxidative stress and heavy metal toxicity
- Has a strong disinfectant effect (especially on fungi and microorganisms)
- reduces the penetration of toxins and other harmful substances into the body
- promotes muscle growth
- Activates the pineal gland