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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