Boron deficiency

Boron deficiency seems to affect calcium and magnesium metabolism, and affects the composition, structure and strength of bone, leading to changes similar to those seen in osteoporosis. This is likely to be due to decreased absorption and increased excretion of calcium and magnesium. Boron deficiency combined with magnesium deficiency appears especially damaging in cases of osteoporosis.
Due to its effects on calcium and magnesium metabolism, boron deficiency may also contribute to the formation of kidney stones. Boron deficiency also seems to decrease mental alertness.

Boron deficiencyThere may also be a link between boron deficiency and osteoarthritis. Epidemiological studies indicate that in countries such as Mauritius and Jamaica, where boron intake is low, the incidence of osteoarthritis is around 50 to 70 per cent. In countries such as the USA, UK and Australia, where boron intake is relatively high, the incidence of osteoarthritis is around 20 per cent. Boron concentrations in bones next to osteoarthritic joints may be lower than in normal joints.

 

 
 
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