Why Boron is Essential for Healthy Bones

Nutrition / Nutrition / Trace Minerals / December 17, 2014

Lara Pizzorno is the author of “Your Bones: How You Can Prevent Osteoporosis and Have Strong Bones for Life – Naturally” and a member of the American Medical Writers Association with 29 years of experience specializing in bone health.

Recently we asked Lara if she would help us provide a series of short, ongoing videos to help you (our customers and readers) stay up to date on the latest facts and science related to bone health.

In this latest video, Lara talks about the importance of boron, a trace mineral that is absolutely essential for your bones. Watch the video below (or read the transcript provided) and let us know what you think in the comments.

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Hello, I’m Lara Pizzorno the author of “Your Bones” and I’m here today to share some information with you that I hope will help you have healthier bones.

Today I’d like to share with you the latest research findings on boron, which is a trace mineral that is absolutely essential for healthy bones. In “Your Bones” I explain that boron is a very important nutrient for healthy bones for two reasons primarily.

Boron is required for the conversion of estrogen into the form in which it increases our absorption of magnesium, which along with calcium and phosphorous makes up the crystal lattice structure of our bones. Plus, estrogen also helps us build healthier bones by increasing the activity of our bone-building cells, which are called osteoblasts.

And, boron is essential for healthy bones because it is a cofactor of an enzyme in our kidneys that converts vitamin D into its most active form 125OHD3 which is the form in which vitamin D is responsible for calcium absorption.

So because boron is the cofactor for this enzyme, it will not work without boron. All our enzymes have cofactors that are either minerals or vitamins and without them our enzymes don’t work properly. So boron plays a really important role in our ability to absorb calcium and we’ve known this for many years.

We’ve known that boron is essential for healthy bones since 1985 when the US Department of Agriculture conducted an experiment where postmenopausal women were given 3mg of boron a day.

And what happened, was not only that boron caused the activation of the bone building forms of estrogen and vitamin D, but it also reduced women’s daily excretion of calcium by 44% in this study.

And the citations for the research that I discuss in these video clips, will be provided along with the video clip on AlgaeCal’s website. So the latest research however is showing that boron does even more for us than these already really important things that we already have known about. And we will talk about some of boron’s most exciting, beneficial effects in our next video. Thanks for tuning in.


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Nielsen F. 2008. Is boron nutritionally relevant? Nutr Rev Apr;66(4):183–91. PMID: 18366532.

Nielsen F, Hunt C, Mullen L, et al. 1987. Effect of dietary boron on mineral, estrogen, and testosterone metabolism in postmenopausal women. FASEB J Nov;1(5):394–7. PMID: 3678698.

Author: Lara Pizzorno, MDIV, MA, LMT

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