~ Mineral Can Ease Pain of Osteoarthritis

OSTEOPOROSIS seems to have reached epidemic levels. There are drugs to treat it such as HRT (hormone replacement therapy) and bisphosphonates and these it seems are being prescribed at record levels. As far as a nutritional approach goes, only calcium, magnesium and vitamid D are prescribed.

In naturopathic medicine, we are taught other important factors such as the keeping of acid-forming foods as sensible levels in the diet, i.e. carbohydrates and protein while keeping alkaline-forming foods high ie. fruit and vegetables.

Weight-bearing exercise and some daylight exposure (for vit D3) are vital.

A medical paper by Nielson, Hunt and Mullen in 1987 showed the importance of another mineral - boron. A group of postmenoapusal women were placed on a low boron diet and monitored metabolically. They were then given extra boron and the following was observed:
  • they lost less calcium and magnesium
  • they had higher levels of testosterone and 17 Beta-oestradiol, both of which aid bone mineralization.
It seems that boron helps the function of parathyroid glands which are key regulators in calcium metabolism.

Interestingly, boron also relieves pain in osteoarthritis and, along with selenium, it reduces magnesium loss.

Boron does reduce vitamin B2 function so it is important to ensure adequate B2 intake but toxicity from boron is only seen in doses over 100 times higher than therapeutic levels. It is safe at 3-9mgs per day.

Again, we really shouldn't have to take any supplements if our enviornment, lifestyle and food chain were normal. But be aware of what is happening out there.

If this mineral is so important and safe why is it to be banned under these European supplement guidelines?

Would introducing boron into prescribed minerals not reduce the necessity for HRT and bisphosphonates and arthritis drugs? Would that not save the NHS some needed money and improve people's health. Makes you wonder.


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