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The Overlooked Bone-Building Nutrient

The Overlooked Bone-Building Nutrient

If you asked most people what nutrients are needed to build strong bones and to prevent osteoporosis, you’d mostly hear one response: calcium.  Yet, calcium is one of over a dozen nutrients that are essential to build strong bones (discover more in my book, Healing Injuries the Natural Way). Perhaps the least likely response you’ll ever hear is: boron.

Boron is a trace mineral that increases absorption and utilization of calcium and helps strengthen bones, yet it is frequently overlooked as a bone-health nutrient and almost altogether forgotten, even among many health professionals.

Dr. Bernard Jensen, author of Dr. Jensens Guide to Body Chemistry & Nutrition, cites research that shows boron boosts blood levels of estrogen and other hormones that prevent calcium loss and demineralization of bones. According to Jean Carper, author of Food: Your Miracle Medicine, “boron acts as a mild ‘estrogen replacement therapy’” in post-menopausal women who are deficient in this hormone. This segment of women is more vulnerable to brittle bones due to hormonal declines.

The body requires boron to retain calcium, according to research at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Human Nutrition Research Center in North Dakota. Dr. Forrest H. Nielsen found that post-menopausal women on low-boron diets were more likely to displace calcium and magnesium from their bodies. When they received three mg of boron per day, their calcium losses dropped by 40 percent. Dr. Nielsen believes boron works by boosting natural steroids manufactured by the body in the blood. It increases levels of estrogen and estradiol 17B to double, thereby reaching the same levels as women on pharmaceutical-based estrogen replacement therapy.

The average person in North America gets only half the amount of boron found in the study to be effective at preventing bone demineralization. Dr. Nielsen believes that insufficient consumption of boron could explain why people who consume large quantities of calcium still get osteoporosis. It could also explain why vegetarians typically are less likely to get osteoporosis since they typically eat higher amounts of the fruits and vegetables high in boron.

Boron is found in greatest concentrations in fruits, especially pears, grapes, raisins, dates, peaches, and apples; legumes, especially soybeans; nuts, especially hazelnuts and almonds; and in honey.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 17-time book author and doctor of traditional natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and the upcoming book The Probiotic Promise. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at WorldsHealthiestDiet.com to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.

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5:04AM PDT on Sep 25, 2013

love tofu.. cheap and taste great in Asia! try the other alternatives people!

6:48AM PDT on Aug 28, 2013

Helpful information, as I have trouble digesting calcium. Boron may enhance my absorption levels.

1:48AM PDT on Aug 26, 2013

Is it in tinned peaches or does the process spoil it? I love tinned peaches!

2:12PM PDT on Aug 25, 2013

thx I take natural over chemical anyday

12:52AM PDT on Aug 24, 2013

Good info...had heard about boron before but this was a good reminder of it's impact!

12:00PM PDT on Aug 22, 2013

Thanks for sharing I am always looking for the natural versus the vitamin or pill.

2:30AM PDT on Aug 20, 2013

Boron is so boring....

:-)

1:16PM PDT on Aug 19, 2013

Interesting, thanks for posting!

12:08AM PDT on Aug 18, 2013

'Yes have come across that word 'BORON' at times now I know! & that's good for me, 'thankyou..!!

9:16PM PDT on Aug 17, 2013

interesting, thanks!

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