Boron and borax – what is there to the “miracle cure”?
The trace element boron, which has been widely unknown for a long time, has been experiencing a hype for some time now. It is considered a true miracle cure and is said to promote bone formation, positively influence hormone balance, have an anti-inflammatory effect, alleviate arthrosis and arthritis and help with allergies.
But is all this true? We have taken a closer look at the 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. In naturopathy, it has long been considered an important trace element for building and maintaining bone structure and is used, among other things, in the therapy of osteoporosis.
But why is that so? Quite simply, boron promotes the activity and proliferation of bone-forming cells. It controls the mineralisation of the bones by influencing the regulation of the bone-forming nutrients calcium, magnesium and vitamin D, as well as the hormones testosterone and oestrogen, which are important for bone formation.
Boron reduces the excretion of calcium and magnesium in the kidneys, while at the same time improving absorption from the intestines and incorporation into the bones. Since boron acts on magnesium, which converts vitamin D into its active form, boron also has an influence on our vitamin D levels. In addition, it inhibits an enzyme that breaks down vitamin D.
Boron regulates the sex hormones testosterone and oestrogen
Boron also plays a key role in regulating the sex hormones testosterone and oestrogen. When boron is taken, testosterone levels rise in men and oestrogen levels rise in women. The latter comes into play especially during and after menopause, when oestrogen is in short supply in the body. Since falling oestrogen levels are considered one of the main causes of bone loss in post-menopausal women, regular intake of boron can help increase bone density and thus 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