by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© August 2017, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
Boron is an interesting trace mineral that is very important for the health of plants, animals and human beings.
USES IN INDUSTRY
Boron functions as a cleansing agent and antiseptic. Some people add boric acid to their laundry, for example.
It is also used as a water softener and sometimes as a food preservative. It is an ingredient in some fertilizers, and is used in anti-freeze and as a preservative for foods. It is also used in some plastics, and in radiation shielding and control rods in nuclear power plants.
Boron helps support adrenal gland activity, and for this reason can help with some symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes. It may also play a role in stomach activity, anti-aging and bone health.
Boron batteries. Boron is one of the minerals our bodies use in the batteries that exist in the nuclei of our cells. For details, read Batteries.
Boron may have other roles in human beings that have not yet been discovered.
SOURCES AND SUPPLEMENTATION
Healthful compounds of boron are found in abundance in many foods. These include some vegetables, legumes, and nuts such as almonds.
When to supplement. Paramin by Endomet Labs contains a little boron. The only other time we supplement with boron is as a temporary remedy for severe hot flashes.
Before taking boron for hot flashes, we suggest:
1. Get more rest.
2. Take Thyro-complex, up to 4-4-4, along with the rest of one’s nutritional balancing program. This is for those in slow oxidation. Fast oxidizers rarely report hot flashes.
Usually, this will take care of the problem. If not, one can take up to 9 mg daily of a boron supplement from the health food store until the nutritional balancing program corrects the deeper causes of hot flashes.
Osteoporosis, hot flashes and vaginal dryness may occur in post-menopausal women.
Boron is not too toxic, but it is found in excess in many people. Toxicity can affect calcium metabolism and adrenal gland activity. Very high levels can contribute to osteoporosis and increased urinary excretion of riboflavin.
Boron can be a contaminant of air, water and food due to its many uses in industry.
TOXIC COMPOUNDS OF BORON
Boron is almost always present to some degree in human bodies in an oxide form. This is slightly toxic and one of a group of elements that can form oxides within the body.
They act as irritants by causing oxidant damage in the body. This can raise the tissue sodium level by stimulating adrenal activity.
In this way, these elements act like crutches to keep the sodium level higher, and thus balance body chemistry, although it is not a healthy or preferred way to balance the body.
Other members of this group of elements include iron, manganese, aluminum, chromium, selenium, nickel, copper, vanadium and rubidium. To read more about this interesting phenomenon, read The Amigos on this website.
HAIR MINERAL ANALYSIS NOTES
The hair boron level is significant, and should be very low – about 0.001 mg%, according to our research. Different laboratories have varying normal boron levels.
For the most up-to-date ideal levels, toxic levels and poor eliminator levels of boron and all the minerals, please go to Hair Mineral Ideal Levels on this website.
Analytical Research Labs does not read the hair boron level at this time.
Mineral interactions. Boron may raise magnesium levels, perhaps by causing magnesium retention at the level of the kidneys.
Boron elimination. A large boron elimination during a nutritional balancing program occurs, at times. It can raise the hair sodium and perhaps the hair potassium level very high for a few weeks to a few months. We call this kidney stress. It may move a person into fast oxidation temporarily.
Poor eliminator. Boron can show up on a hair analysis as a poor eliminator. However, the level must be very low, this is hard for some labs to read. For more on this topic, please read Poor Eliminator Pattern on this website.
MORE ESOTERIC ASPECTS
Female. Boron is considered a female mineral, meaning it affects women more than men. For example, it can alleviate hot flashes in women.
Third tetra. Boron is part of the third tetra of minerals, along with chromium, selenium and vanadium.
Nickname, according to Scogna. The elegant mineral. It is also a cleansing mineral, along with sulfur and chlorine.