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Minerals - Boron

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· Inadequate mineral metabolism.

· Excessive urinary excretion of calcium and magnesium.

· Inadequate estrogen production and retention.

· Early onset of osteoporosis due to calcium and magnesium loss.

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· Improve metabolism of calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium.

· Assist in synthesizing and raising levels of estrogen and testosterone levels in older women to levels found in women on estrogen replacement therapy.

· Assist in the synthesizing of vitamin D, a crucial nutrient in the assimilation of Calcium.

· Greatly reduce calcium, magnesium and estrogen loss.

A study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture showed that a test group of postmenopausal women taking 3 mg/day of supplemental boron lost 40% less calcium and 33% less magnesium and phosphorous in the urine.

Our bodies require sex hormones, especially, for the absorption of calcium. Menopausal women, whose ovaries no longer produce estrogen, have difficulty absorbing calcium. Currently, estrogen replacement is the most common treatment for osteoporosis, in spite of the side effect of this treatment. Researchers have discovered that boron increases estrogen production in menopausal women. Blood levels of the most active form of estrogen - 17B estradiol - increased by 50% over pre-study levels. It has been speculated that the body needs boron to synthesize estrogen, vitamin D and other steroid hormones. It may also slow the breakdown of these hormones.

Young, J.E. "Boron." Vitamin Research Products, Vol. 3, No. 5, Aug., 1988.

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