Boron is just a trace mineral. That means that your body doesn’t need much of it. So it’s no big deal if you aren’t getting it, right?
While you don’t need a lot of boron, it is becoming more apparent that you must have it for optimal health! And research shows that boron can help improve a number of health conditions, including arthritis, osteoporosis, menopause, allergies and even yeast overgrowth and parasites.
Boron can help sufferers deal with arthritis because it helps joint health. It does that in key ways, by helping the body to assimilate and integrate calcium into the joint and cartilage. As such, this is also an anti-aging benefit, as most people will begin to lose calcium from bones as they age.
In Israel, where the average intake of boron is 10 mg daily, arthritis is almost unheard of, with a mere 0.7 per cent of the population developing this chronic condition.
Boron can also be an extremely helpful supplement in menopause. In part, this is because the boron helps in the synthesis of sex hormones, including estrogen. As a result, boron supplementation can raise the levels of sex hormones in the body within days, helping both hot flashes and sex drive.
Certain parasitic amoebas can be killed off by boron. In fact, people who supplement with boron may have a ‘Herxheimer’ reaction after starting boron. This is a result of the die off of parasites.
Boron can be a good addition to other herbal or drug therapies to manage and eliminate candida (yeast) overgrowth. Given the wide impact of antibiotics and high carb and sugar intake, taking boron as a precaution (with probiotics) just makes sense.
There is also research that links boron to allergies. It’s possible that this is the link between rheumatoid arthritis and why boron helps. Many people with arthritis also have allergies, and experts are speculating that if allergies are better controlled, this may be the mechanism which improves arthritis. Both conditions are auto-immune disease, so it is possible that treating one will help with the other.