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Boron is a non-metallic mineral present in the human body in trace amounts. Dietary boron influences the activity of many metabolic enzymes, certain hormones, and the metabolism of several micronutrients, including calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D. However, the biological function of boron in humans has not yet been clearly established.
Boron may play a role in osteoporosis prevention by reducing calcium excretion and increasing deposition of calcium in the bone.
Studies with animals and humans indicate that some ninety percent of boron is absorbed in the normal intake range. Most dietary boron is hydrolyzed within the gut to yield B(OH)3 which, as a neutral compound, is easily absorbed.
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Important Sources Of Boron
Fruits like apples, oranges, red grapes, pears, plums, kiwis, sultanas, dates, as well as certain vegetables, avocado, soybeans and nuts are rich sources of boron. Chickpeas, borlotti beans, hazel nuts, currants, peanut butter, red kidney beans, tomato, lentils, olive, onion, potato wine, and beer are also notable sources of this essential mineral. There are so many sources that there is no reason to ever suffer from a deficiency.
Health Benefits Of Boron
Prevents Arthritis: Boron is a successful treatment option for arthritis and in more than 95% of cases, significant improvement was noticed by effectively increasing calcium integration into the cartilage and bone. With increasing age, the bones might become weak and porous and boron can stem this deterioration by ensuring that calcium levels are maximized and used effectively.
Reduces Severity of Rheumatoid Arthritis: Boron greatly reduces the allergenic and inflammatory conditions that are typically associated with rheumatoid arthritis.
Used for Body Building: Boron is able to enhance the testosterone levels in males; this quality is increasingly taken advantage of by male body builders and athletes. Although some weight lifters prefer to take its supplements to enhance their testosterone levels, there has been no concrete evidence or explanation of the mechanism by which is helps to make them any more successful.
Helps in Bone Health: The bone building capacities of boron are often ignored in favor of calcium. However, it actually works in unison with calcium to strengthen the bones. It plays a very important role in minimizing the risks of osteoporosis and arthritis. It also helps in the metabolism of minerals that are involved in bone development such as calcium, magnesium and copper. Furthermore, it affects various hormones, including estrogen and testosterone, which are also related to the overall health of the body’s bones.
Estrogen Production: Boron can improve the production of estrogen in menopausal women, and can bring back their sex drive within a few days of treatment. It increases the level of natural sex hormones in the body, thereby reducing the need for hormone replacement therapy or other pharmaceutical solutions.
Prevents Post-Menopausal Osteoporosis: Boron can ease the symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats that are typically associated with menopause, and it ensures that mineral levels remain at appropriate levels, since post-menopausal women often suffer from hormonal imbalances that can skew many of the body’s most important systems.
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Boron is an element found naturally in leafy green vegetables like kale and spinach. It can also be found in grains, prunes, raisins, noncitrus fruits, and nuts.
A person’s daily diet typically contains 1.5 to 3 milligrams (mg) of boron. According to the National Academies Press, the five most common sources of boron in a person’s daily diet are:
Boron helps the body to metabolize key vitamins and minerals, and also affects estrogen and testosterone levels. There is no established dietary recommendation for boron in terms of daily value. And a boron deficiency also hasn’t been proven to cause any diseases.
Boron and the brain
Small studies have indicated that boron may play a role in brain function. Early studies in the 1990s showed promise for human supplementation with boron.
For example, one 1994 study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives found that people who added 3.25 mg of boron to their diets were better at memory and hand-eye coordination tasks than people with low boron levels.
However, these encouraging results didn’t spur a boron research boom. Now boron-related research studies are mostly limited to those performed on laboratory rats. One such study found that rats that were deprived of boron showed slower activity levels than rats that had higher boron levels.
There aren’t many more recent human trials regarding boron’s benefits on the brain. Researchers know that it plays a role in many human functions, but it’s status as a minor mineral means there aren’t a lot of human studies to detail.
Bones and Joints
Boron can also aid in keeping your bones strong along with possibly improving brain function.
Boron is known to play a role in extending the half-life of vitamin D and estrogen.
The half-life is the amount of time it takes for a substance to break down to half its starting amount. Scientists aren’t exactly sure how boron does this. But it could be important for bone health in several ways.
First, vitamin D is essential for bone health because it enhances your body’s ability to absorb calcium. Calcium is a mineral responsible for making bones strong. Boron could help enhance bone health by increasing how long vitamin D works in your body.
According to an article in The Open Orthopaedics Journal, people with low levels of vitamin D are more likely to have low levels of boron. This shows that the two nutrients have a relationship in terms of their availability in the body.
Estrogen is another hormone that plays a role in bone health. It plays a role in protecting against bone loss that can lead to osteoporosis. This is a condition that can make bones weak and brittle in both men and women. By extending the amount of time estrogen is present in the body, boron may help to maintain healthy bones.
While boron supplements have been considered as a possible treatment for people with arthritis, more clinical evidence is needed to support these claims.
Suggested Foods Providing Boron:
Apple Carrot Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 cups grated carrots
1 1/2 cups finely chopped apples
2 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups canola oil
4 large eggs
12 ounces cream cheese (1K packages Philadelphia brand), room temperature
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature
2 1/4 cups powdered sugar (little less than one box of Domino brand)
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
For cake: Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter two 9-inch cake pans. Whisk flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Stir in carrots and apples and toss to coat. In a separate large bowl, whisk sugar and oil until bended. Whisk in eggs. Add flour mixture and stir until blended.
Divide batter between baking pans. Bake cakes until they spring back to the touch or a toothpick comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Cool cakes in pans for 15 minutes. Turn out onto racks. Frost cake. Keep cake in refrigerator. Serves 12.
For frosting: Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and butter in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar and beat at low speed until well blended. Beat in maple syrup.
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Fire-Roasted Beet and Pear Salad
A surprising dish with two tastes that work well together. (Wear latex or rubber gloves when working with beets to avoid red-stained hands.)
2 beets, blanched
1 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 green onions thinly sliced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese.
Preheat grill to medium heat (about 350°F). Peel beets and cut into K-inch wide sticks. Wrap beet sticks in foil and roast on grill until tender, about 45 to 60 minutes. Remove from grill and carefully open foil pouch. Set aside.
Slice pears in half through stem and then slice in half again. Remove core. Place pears on preheated oiled grill, and grill for 3 to 4 minutes, turning several times, until tender and lightly charred. Remove pears from grill and set aside.
In small bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients, except cheese. In serving bowl, combined grilled beets and pears. Pour in honey-orange dressing and toss. Garnish with blue cheese and serve immediately. Serves 4 to 6.
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Grilled Stuffed Pears
1 medium pear, Bartlett, very ripe1 tablespoon honey
6 shelled hazelnuts, peeled, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons uncooked old-fashioned oats
1 teaspoon butter
4 teaspoons unpacked brown sugar
2 tablespoons pear nectar
Preheat grill. Peel, halve and core pear. Cut a small slice off the rounded side of each pear half so halves won’t wobble on grill. Set pear halves on the grill, flat side down; brush with honey. Grill 10 minutes on each side, brushing occasionally with honey.
While pears are grilling, make filling. In a small pan, stir together hazelnuts and oats over medium heat until lightly toasted. Stir in butter until it melts. Remove from heat; stir in sugar and nectar. When pears are hot and tender, spoon filling into centers and serve.
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Wedge of Raclette Served with Spiced Walnuts and Pear Chips
1 pound mild raclette cheese
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup Michigan maple syrup
1 cup shelled, halved walnuts
2 Bartlett pears, cored and thinly sliced lengthwise
1 tablespoon sugar
In a heavy saucepan, combine the pepper, cayenne, salt and maple syrup. Simmer over medium heat for five minutes. Add nuts and toss until they are thoroughly coated. Transfer to wax paper to cool and dry.
Preheat oven to 275°F. Lay pear slices on metal rack and place a cookie sheet underneath to catch the juice drips. Bake for an hour, turning the slices over every 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool. Arrange the raclette, spiced walnuts and pear chips on a serving plate with a cheese knife, and a spoon for the walnuts.
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