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Researchers have provided us with a list of symptoms that may arise do to lack of boron in the diet. Common sense should tell us that such symptoms may be avoided by either eating boron rich foods or by supplementing with boron.
What Is Boron?
Boron is the second most needed mineral in human nutrition. In its pure form it is a black, crystalline structure that is extremely brittle.
Chemical fertilizers inhibit the uptake of Boron from the soil by up to 90%. An organic apple grown in good soil may have 20 mg Boron, but if grown in the same soil with fertilizer it may have only 1 mg of Boron and since most developed countries use chemical fertilizers, the average intake of Boron is less than 1-2 mg of Boron per day. Israel is perhaps only one country in the world where the people in general get adequate amounts of boron from their diets, which could explain why this country has less than 1% incidence of arthritis.
Boron supports the body’s use of various other vitamins and minerals. Boron is essential for maintaining correct levels of Calcium, Magnesium and Phosphorus. Boron is part of a long chain that intertwines all the minerals necessary for cell growth and development. It is one of the main minerals used in forming strong bones, building muscle and improving brain and thyroid functions.It is essential for the integrity and function of cell walls and for transmitting signals across cell membranes.
Boron is essential for copper metabolism and therefore could play a role in the correction of hyperthyroidism and possibly hypothyroidism. Additionally Boron increases plasma copper, copper-zinc superoxide dismutase (SOD); one of the body’s most important free radical scavengers, and ceruloplasmin (a protein which transports Copper throughout the body).
Boron is as essential to life as oxygen and water and without Boron there would be no plants or animals and even a shortage of boron can shorten the natural life-span of every living thing on earth.
All minerals have various isoforms. One isoform of iron is nails and another is that form found in spinach. Like all other minerals, Boron must be in the right isoform in order for it to be of any great value to the human system.
We believe that FreeMart D-Cal is superior to other Boron supplements due to the isoform of Boron that we use and our advanced LightEnhanced™ quantum technology that is used to create it. The most expensive product is the one that doesn’t work, so don’t choose inferior products.
Health Benefits of Boron
Science has demonstrated that supplementing with Boron increases testosterone levels in men and estrogen levels in menopausal women. Boron affects the metabolism of steroid hormones, and especially the sex hormones which may improve sex drive in men and women.
Estrogen improves absorption and metabolism of Calcium within the bone. When bone metabolism is properly functioning, osteoporosis is no longer a major health issue. And even after osteoporosis has set in, Boron can play a major role in helping the body to replace lost Calcium. This is due to Boron’s role in converting vitamin D to its active form, thus increasing the Calcium uptake and deposition into the bones and teeth and preventing soft tissues from calcifying.
Traditionally Boron has been used for treating osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and a variety of brain conditions, improving cognitive skills, visual perception, concentration, short term memory, coordination, fine motor skills and logic. Boron is necessary for creating and repairing joint cartilage. It is also assists in preventing arthritis and tooth decay.
Boron has also been used in cardiovascular treatments resulting in improvements in heart disease. This mineral works as a powerful enzyme inhibitor as well as promotes cardiovascular function, reducing cholesterol levels.
Boron compounds have anti-tumor properties and have successfully been used in cancer therapy. A German cancer researcher, Dr. Paul-Gerhard Seeger, discovered that cancer commonly starts with the deterioration of cell membranes due to lack of Boron and since Boron deficiency is widespread, this could be an important cause for virtually an epidemic of tumors and cancer. Boron compounds are also anti-osteoporotic, anti-inflammatory, hypolipemic, anti-coagulant and anti-neoplastic agents.
Other beneficial effects have been reported such as improvement of vision, psoriasis, scleroderma and balance. Boron also functions to fight off fungal infections and other pathogens, playing a major role in the control of Candida in the body.
Boron in the stomach reacts with hydrochloric acid to form Boric acid, which is then rapidly excreted in the urine, thereby reducing acid and helping to maintain a more alkaline pH, possibly relieving various acidic conditions.
Boron Deficiency Symptoms
Deficiency of boron in human nutrition may result in many painful and even debilitating disease symptoms.
Boron deficiency causes Calcium and Magnesium to be lost in the urine, which in turn weakens bones, joints and dental enamel. Boron deficiency also causes cell walls to become very weak and fragile, rendering the cells incapable of properly transferring and receiving nutrients into them.
Boron is to the parathyroid what Iodine is to the thyroid and a deficiency of Boron causes the parathyroid to release too much parathyroid hormone, removing Calcium from the bones, joints and teeth and releasing it into the blood stream. This leads to calcification of soft tissues causing muscle contractions and stiffness throughout the body. Symptoms include kidney stones, calcification of the eyes, endocrine glands, pineal gland, ovaries, pancreas and kidneys, ultimately leading to diabetes and kidney failure.
Some symptoms of Boron deficiency are brittle bones, carpal tunnel syndrome, hormonal imbalance, and hyperthyroidism, loss of libido, memory loss, muscle pain, osteoporosis, receding gums, degenerative joint disease and weak joint cartilage. Other symptoms may include cancer, arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile arthritis, spondylitis, gout, lupus, psoriasis, scleroderma, cataracts, pyorrhea and tooth decay.
Calcium blood levels generally increase with advancing age due to decreased levels of Magnesium and Boron and when intracellular Calcium gets too high, cells will die, which eventually can lead to the death of entire organs, like the pancreas or kidneys for example.
Bone analysis has shown that arthritic bones and joints have only half the Boron content of healthy joints. Equally demonstrated was how the lack of Boron results in a lack of synovial fluid to lubricate joints and provide nutrients for the cartilage between the joints.
Boron deficiency may be the most important factor in causing arthritis, osteoporosis and tooth decay today. Arthritis in its various forms affects a large percentage of the population in developed countries.
Osteoporosis is responsible for more long-term hospital care than any other individual disease, due to the very high incidence of fractures, and especially the protracted nature of hip fractures.
Supplementing with the right kind of Boron has shown to reduce the daily loss of Calcium by nearly 50%.
There is antagonism as well as cooperation between Calcium and Magnesium. About half of the total body Magnesium is found in bones and the other half inside the cells of tissues and organs. Only 1% is in the blood, and the kidneys try to keep these levels constant by excreting more or less with the urine.
In contrast, 99% of the body’s Calcium is in bones, and the rest in the fluid outside of the cells. Muscles contract when Calcium moves into the cells, and they relax when Calcium is again pumped out and Magnesium moves in. This cellular pump requires a lot of energy and when the cells are low in energy, then Calcium may accumulate inside of the cells causing muscles to contract uncontrollably. This is what causes heart attacks.
Low cellular energy may be attributed to several things that are all related. Some of the possible factors are Candida, faulty sugar or fat metabolism, Magnesium and Boron deficiencies and the accumulation of metabolic wastes and toxins inside of the cells.
Low cellular energy leads to only partial relaxation of the muscles, which have a tendency to stiffness and cramping, accompanied by poor blood and lymph circulation. These problems increase in magnitude as Calcium continues to be removed from the bones and teeth and is deposited into the softer tissues. Calcium can also accumulate in nerve cells, leading to faulty nerve transmission as in the case of Parkinson’s and also in the lens of the eyes causing cataracts.
Hormonal output is reduced as endocrine glands calcify more and virtually all of the cells become handicapped in their normal functions with too much Calcium. In addition, this condition causes intracellular Magnesium deficiency. Magnesium is needed to activate countless enzymes and a deficiency leads to inefficient and blocked energy production.
A further problem is that excess Calcium damages the cell membrane and makes it difficult for nutrients to move in and wastes to move out of the cells. When intracellular Calcium levels get too high the cell will die.
Here we can see the importance of Boron as a regulator of cell membrane functions, especially in regard to movements of Calcium and Magnesium. With Boron deficiency, too much Calcium moves into the cell, and prevents Magnesium from moving in to displace it, even when ample Magnesium is available. These symptoms tend to increase with age as Boron levels decrease.
The medical establishment has long recommended a Calcium – Magnesium ratio of 2:1 or even 3:1. This information is incorrect, but is good for medical establishment and drug companies because too much calcium is a problem, which leads to hardening of the arteries, kidneys, pancreas, brain, eyes, joints and many other symptoms beyond the scope of this short treatise.
The medical focus on a high Calcium intake may be a prescription for accelerated aging and I am doubtful whether Calcium supplements are needed or beneficial, even in cases of osteoporosis. Most people have excess calcium stored in soft tissues where it does not belong, and by supplementing with the right isoforms of Boron and Magnesium, this misplaced Calcium can then be brought back into solution and redeposited into the bones.
For Boron to be fully effective in reversing tissue calcification, it too must be in the right isoform. Adults should consume 30-40 drops daily and children 10-20 drops. Many times this amount should not cause any negative effect.
At the same time, an ample supply of the right kind of Magnesium is required. For elderly individuals I recommend 30-40 drops of FreeMart PureMag, which is a “highly-absorbable” Magnesium which can travel to all parts of the body, including crossing the blood brain barrier.
FreeMart PureMag should be taken daily, together with D-Can Boron supplementation spaced out during the day, and with protracted joint problems, additional PureMag can be applied topically.
Boron also works synergistically with Copper and therefore FreeMart PureCopper should be consumed on a regular basis in order to receive the full effect of taking Boron.
Arthritis and Boron
Knowing that Boron aids Calcium metabolism in plants, research scientists did a double-blind trial in the mid 1980’s at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Seventy percent (70%) of arthritis patients who were given oral supplementation with Boron were greatly improved at the end of the trial. There were zero negative side-effects reported and some participants reported that their heart ailments as well as their health in general had noticeably improved along with having more energy.
Supplementing With Boron
It has been estimated that 55% of Americans over the age of 50 have osteoporosis and of these approximately 80% are women. Worldwide 1 in 3 women and 1 in 12 men over the age of 50 have osteoporosis, and this is responsible for millions of fractures each year. In scientific studies, rats with osteoporosis were given a Boron supplement for 30 days with the result that their bone quality was then comparable with that of the healthy control group and also of a group that supplemented with estradiol.
Research has shown that after Boron supplementation an individual’s bones were much harder and stronger. With additional Boron, bone fractures healed in both man and animal in half the normal time. Horses and dogs with broken legs, and even a broken pelvis, fully recovered. A young girl, aged 9 months, with juvenile arthritis was supplemented with Boron and within 2 weeks no longer showed any symptoms. Arthritic pain, swelling and stiffness is often reduced in as little as 1 to 3 months.
The beneficial effect of Boron on bones seems to be due to two interrelated effects: a higher Boron content of the bones which makes them harder, and a normalization of sex hormones which stimulates the growth of new bone. Low estrogen levels after menopause are thought to be the main reason why so many older women develop osteoporosis. In men testosterone levels decline more gradually which seems to be reflected in their later onset of osteoporosis as a group.
Research has now shown that Boron supplementation in postmenopausal women doubles the blood level of the most active form of estrogen, 17-beta estradiol, to the level found in much younger women. Equally, the blood levels of testosterone more than doubled.
Boron appears to BALANCE the levels of sex hormones. In comparison with Conventional Synthetic Hormone Replacement Therapy, there is a higher risk of breast or endometrial cancer which is NOT known to happen with natural hormones produced by the body as a result of Boron supplementation.
Breast cancer is related to calcifications in the breast. Tests have shown that it is important to normalize the Calcium-Magnesium metabolism and cellular membrane functions within the body in order to reduce the risks of breast cancer.
A recent study in younger men between the ages of 29 and 50 showed that the level of free testosterone (the form that matters most) had risen by one third after a daily supplementation with Boron for one week.
This may be of special interest for bodybuilders. Research with Boron has shown that elevated testosterone levels are beneficial by shrinking prostate tumors and PSA levels, PSA being a marker for tumors and inflammation in the prostate gland.
Significantly improved memory and cognition in both sexes of elderly individuals may be partly due to increased levels of sex hormones and to improved membrane functions of the brain cells.
Note: Arthritis patients who supplemented with Boron commonly experienced a Herxheimer reaction, which is an early aggravation of symptoms with increased pain for a short period of time (you may feel worse before you feel better). It is commonly due to toxins being released by Candida die off. This is considered to be a good sign indicating that the body is healing.
Fungi and Fluoride
Boron is an excellent fungicide that has been successfully used to treat Candida overgrowth. In normal healthy conditions Candida exists as harmless oval yeast cells. Long chains of elongated cells called pseudohyphae and strongly invasive narrow tube-like filaments called hyphae develop causing damage to the intestinal wall, which leads to inflammation and Leaky Gut Syndrome.
Pseudohyphae and hyphae can be seen in the blood of individuals with cancer and autoimmune diseases. They form tough layers of biofilm, which makes them very hard to kill with antibiotics, which arguably is a basic cause of many modern diseases. This same study shows that Boron inhibits the formation of biofilms and also the transformation of harmless yeast cells into invasive hyphal form.
Boron and Fluoride
Boron is also used to remove accumulated fluoride and heavy metals from the body. Fluoride has been linked with causing eczema, celiac disease, affecting thyroid function, causing tooth discoloration in children and adults over long-term exposure. It can also build up in the body causing rheumatoid arthritis and joint pain.
Fluoride is believed to cause holes in the brain, similar to Swiss cheese. Fluoride causes bones and joints to deteriorate, the pineal gland to calcify and the thyroid gland to become under active. Boron reacts with fluoride ions to form Boron fluorides which are then excreted in the urine.
It takes time to redistribute long-standing severe calcification buildup with Boron supplementation. Increased Calcium levels in affected areas such as the hips and shoulders may cause problems for a considerable time, such as a tendency to severe cramping and pain, or problems with the blood circulation, or nerve transmission. Higher amounts of Calcium and fluoride passing through the kidneys may cause temporary kidney pain. Kidney pain in this instance appears to be mainly due to kidney stones being released, after a few days when the stones are cleared the pain usually stops.
These Herxheimer reactions can be minimized by increasing Boron levels gradually
Whenever you experience an unpleasant effect, reduce or temporarily stop FreeMart D–Cal intake until the problem subsides, then gradually start increasing intake again.
Helpful additional measures are a greatly increased fluid intake, including FreeMart Happy Water along with more organic acids such as lemon juice or vinegar, and improving lymph flow with rebounding, walking or inverted positions.
How Much Boron To Use
Here is where it clearly becomes a matter of personal choice. Boron is generally safe for all classes of persons including pregnant and nursing mothers. I recommend starting with the recommended dosage of 40 drops of FreeMart D–Cal per day for adults. Experiment with different amounts until you find your own level. If you have any questions, you can consult with your physician, but don’t expect him or her to have much knowledge on the subject.
Signs of taking too much Boron are not being hungry, nausea, vomiting, lethargy, dermatitis and diarrhea. It is unlikely that you will ever experience any of these symptoms by taking the recommended dosage of FreeMart D–Cal, but just in case, simply stop taking it for a day or two and all of these symptoms will go away. If for any reason you were to experience any of these symptoms, the antidote for Boron toxicity is to consume extra vitamin B2.
• This should not be a concern with FreeMart D–Cal since Ionic Minerals are 7000 times smaller than red blood cells and 98% absorbable.
• Feel free to find the amount that works best for you since Ionic Boron does not build up in the body and reach toxic levels.
Forty (40) drops of FreeMart D–Cal supplies 9 mg of highly absorbable Boron. This amount should provide an average adult dose. For therapeutic purposes, 3 daily doses of 40 drops can be taken until desired results are achieved.
FreeMart D–Cal can be taken together with PureMag. Some people take all of the FreeMart minerals together. On occasion I do as well when I am in a hurry, but normally, I prefer to separate taking D-Cal and PureCopper by one-half hour. I feel like you may get slightly better absorption.
Ingredients: Boron as Sodium Tetraborate in Purified Water