8 Health Benefits Of Boron – Brain, Bones & Hormonessarapugh
Here are 8 health-boosting benefits of boron
(1) Essential for growth, healing and maintenance of bone
Scientists have known for many years that boron is vital for healthy bones. This is particularly important for women who are post-menopausal, as boron can help slow down demineralization or ‘thinning’ of the bone, which can help prevent osteoporosis and osteopenia.
Epidemiological studies, case reports, and controlled animal and human studies have provided evidence for the use of boron as a safe and effective treatment for osteoarthritis.
(2) Improves wound healing
Since 1990, boron has been shown to significantly improve wound healing. 3% boric acid solution is used in hospitals to speed up the healing of deep wounds. Boron taken orally in a sensible dose can also speed up healing.
(3) Improves the body’s use of estrogen, testosterone, and vitamin D3
Increased levels of estrogen and testosterone have been demonstrated in both men and women after boron supplementation. Both men and women need estrogen and testosterone in different amounts for brain and physical health. Our ability to absorb Vitamin D3 decreases with age and having adequate boron in the diet can help the Vitamin D3 ‘last longer’ in the body. Low levels of Vitamin D3 are associated with bone problems, mood issues, pain, fatigue as well as weight problems.
(4) Boosts magnesium absorption
Magnesium deficiency is very common, and it is due to poor quality soil, thus poor quality food. Magnesium plays a role in mood, sleep, muscle function, and heart health.
(5) Reduces levels of inflammatory biomarkers
‘Biomarkers’ in lay terms would be blood test results or something that can be measured biochemically. C-reactive protein (CRP) is produced by the liver when inflammation is high and is a very common and cheap blood test. CRP should be lower than 1.0 mg/L. Inflammation is like stress and causes a whole host of problems from cardiovascular disease, obesity, depression, and pain. There are many lifestyle changes that can be adopted to lower inflammation, which would be a whole blog post all of its own.
(6) Raises levels of endogenous antioxidant enzymes
Anti-oxidants help to mop up or scavenge free radicals in the body. Free radicals damage cells and DNA, and are associated with aging and certain types of illness. Free radicals kill bacteria and viruses, so they are important in the body, but in the right amount. Exogenous antioxidants would be Vitamin C or E, something you take in from outside. Our bodies make their own anti-oxidants which are more powerful than the ones we take in. Superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase, and glutathione peroxidase are examples. Interestingly there is a link between low levels of catalase and greying hair.
(7) Improves brain function
In humans, boron deficiency results in poorer performance on tasks of motor speed and dexterity, attention, and short-term memory. A series of experiments on healthy older men and women found that lack of boron worsened brain function and cognitive performance.
(8) influences the formation of key biomolecules, such as S-adenosyl methionine (SAM-e) and nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+)
SAM-e is very important for a process called methylation. The commonest symptoms of low methylation are fatigue and depression, although methylation is important for a whole host of other processes in the body from gene regulation to removal of toxins.
NAD+ levels reduce with age. NAD+ has two general sets of reactions in the body. Firstly it helps turn food and nutrients into energy as a key player in metabolism. Secondly working as a helper molecule for proteins that regulate other cellular functions from detoxification to sleep.