Tips for Better Bone Building, Part 6: Boron

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Today’s topic:
Tips for Better Bone Building, Part 6: Boron

A trace mineral that is found within bone, boron is yet to be assigned a specific function in maintaining bone health. However, rats fed a boron-free diet develop weak bones. The possible dependency of bone health on boron may be explained by reports that boron supplementation (3 mg daily) increased the conversion of vitamin D to 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 (25-OHD3) in women and that boron may be required for maximum efficiency in the absorption of calcium. An unanticipated relationship between boron, vitamin D and calcium absorption could account for the report that attributed maintenance of higher bone mineral density in women to daily dietary supplementation with 3 mg of boron.12

Next Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging topic:
Tips for Better Bone Building, Part 7: Fish Oils

References:
12. Nielsen FH, Hunt CD, Mullen LM, Hunt JR. Effect of dietary boron on mineral, estrogen, and testosterone metabolism in postmenopausal women. FASEB J 1987;1:394-397.

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