A recent post (
) has called
my attention to this mineral because it caused a rise of body temperature in CFS
patients. Nutrients causing temporary or permanent normalization
of the below average temperature seen in CFS/ME/GWS implies that
there is a deficiency that is being corrected. In this case, it appears to
moderate Vitamin D deficiencies and may be a significant adjunct for Vitamin D
- Vitamin D deficiency --> increase consumption of boron
- Change of Stomach pH (IBS, IGS) --> decrease availability of boron from
- Low boron levels --> decrease thyroid --> decrease body temperature
- "Nutritional intakes of boron have been shown to lessen the adverse
consequences of vitamin D deficiency "
- "suggest that physiologic amounts of boron may help reduce the amount of
insulin required to maintain plasma glucose."
- Natural Sources:
- Nuts and Dried Fruit: 2.2 lbs (1kg) --> 15-30mg
- Wine: 2 liters --> 17 mg
- May improve brain function -- "short periods of restricted boron intake
may affect brain function and cognitive performance in healthy humans."
- Need by the thyroid
- "Boron's anti-inflammatory actions have been attributed to various
mechanisms. These include suppression of serine proteases released by
inflammation-activated white blood cells, inhibition of leukotriene
synthesis, reduction of reactive oxygen species generated during
neutrophil's respiratory burst, and suppression of T-cell activity and
antibody concentrations. "
- Boron is a trace mineral. Trace minerals can result in toxicity
if too much is taken. It is essential to inform your MD if you are
supplementing Boron, and to have periodic testing.
- "The oral toxicity of boron is relatively low and it has been
estimated that safe population mean intakes are
<13 mg/day and that individuals are at
risk of toxicity when intakes exceed 100 mg/day"
- Tolerable Intake is estimated to be 0.4mg/Kilogram.
Keep below 0.1mg/Kilogram for safety.
- 110lb person (50 kg)--> 5mg
- May mask Vitamin D deficiency. Make sure that you are taking at least
1200 IU/day of Vitamin D with it.
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