Boron: Where has it all gone and why are we all deficient in it?

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Along the lines of my post on potassium yesterday, let’s talk about another mineral that people seem to be severely deficient in- boron! Nearly every HTMA I see has boron that barely registers on the chart. This must be one of the many minerals (like magnesium and sulfur) that is depleted from our soil.

What is Boron?

Boron is an essential trace mineral that has a huge role in the parathyroid glands. This mineral helps with the proper utilization of both calcium and vitamin D. It also helps in the regulation of the magnesium/phosphorus balance, helps regulate hormones, and is essential for endocrine health. Boron is a major co-factor of magnesium. Boron is anti-fungal, anti-viral, and it has anti-parasitic properties. The RDA is 3mg.

Deficiency signs:

  • Joint issues
  • Hypertension
  • Excess calcium
You can find boron in apples, pears, grapes, prunes, apricots, dates,nettle infusions, honey, borax, and many trace mineral supplements.
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Borax

A lesser known source of boron is Borax- the household detergent! You can use borax either internally or externally, but for some it’s hard to get used to using laundry detergent as a supplement. It is definitely all about personal preference and what you are comfortable with. I know of many people that use borax internally and have had great results. If this is something you are interested in learning more about, check out this article: The Borax Conspiracy.

With Borax use, people report that it kills parasites and yeast, detoxes fluoride, balances estrogen, and reverses arthritis. The testimonials in the article above are quite amazing and prove that boron is truly an underestimated nutrient. But some say that straight borax is much stronger then getting boron from food. So again- it’s a personal preference. I’m more of a “low and slow” kind of person because I know how rough die-off reactions can get. Boron in higher doses can definitely cause die-off!

 

***Edited in 12/2017 to add this: I’ve noticed over the last several months a trend with those that take Boron supplements or use Borax- levels on the HTMA rarely rise! Nettle infusions seem to be the most consistent way to fix boron levels as it is a food based form.

 

Have a success story about Boron? Let us know in the comments!

 

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6 Replies to “Boron: Where has it all gone and why are we all deficient in it?”

    1. Hi Michelle! Most foods aren’t extremely abundant in boron unfortunately. The only thing that I have found even remotely close to the 3mg is a whole quart of nettle infusions. I usually see boron come up nicely on the HTMA for those that are consistent with nettles.

  1. Can I use nettles if I have HIT and I don’t do caffeine for my arrhythmia? I need Boron for my osteoporosis and other issues. Thanks!

    1. Interesting! I took a look through some of my Aussie clients tests but none of them had high boron. Most did have a decent range though- better than what Americans have anyway. So maybe in the last 10 years, their soil has started to decline as well since this was in 2007

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