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Boron and arthritis
OsteoTrace was formulated by a naturopathic doctor to combat his own worsening arthitis. His research found persuasive evidence worldwide linking low intake of boron with increased levels of arthritis. In parts of Australia, for instance, where the drinking water contains high levels of boron (seven parts per million), there is no arthritis in either humans or animals. In Israel, where the soil contains high levels of boron, arthritis runs at 1%. These compare well with the US, which has both low water and low soil boron levels, and an arthritis rate of 20%.

In their tribal lands the Xhosa people of South Africa are blessed with high-boron water. Only 3% of its people suffer from arthritis. When members of the tribe move into the city for work, their arthritis levels quickly rise to those pertaining in the city. Those that return to the tribal lands regain the low risk of arthritis they originally had. Those that developed arthritis in the city see their arthritis diminish of disappear once home.

In parts of the world where boron intake (from both food and water) is under one milligram a day, arthritis levels generally run between 20% and 70%.


Country andSource Daily intake(mg boron) IncidenceArthritis % Remarks
Jamaica 1974 soil analysis <1 70 All food crops deficient
Mauritius sugar cane analysis <1 50 Most food crops deficient
Fijian Indians 1 40 Eat mostly rice
Native Fijians 3-5 10 Eat mostly root vegetables
USA, UK, Australia,South Africa (food analyses) 1-2 20 Most elderly arthritic

Xhosa tribe/Transkei (Meyers 1977)

2-5 3 Eat native grown maize without fertiliser
Xhosa in big cities 1-2 20 Eat commercial maize grown with fertiliser
Carnarvon, Australia (Soil and water survey 1981) 6-10 1 high boron content
Israel (Volcanic Inst. 1981) 10+ 0.7 Water high boron content

Most groundwater supplies in the US and Europe have low boron levels, leaving plenty of scope for safe boron supplementation. Some bottled waters are a rich source, yielding up to 4.5mg a litre. Pears, grapes, nuts, cabbage, parsley and dandelion are also good sources, but only if they have been grown in boron-rich soils.

Conventional medical research findings on boron

  • Low boron intake (less than 2mg/day) has been linked to a 20% increased risk of developing arthritis
  • The maximum safe daily intake of boron is 13 milligrams
  • Adequate levels of boron may be important for brain function, and appear to raise oestrogen and testosterone levels, possibly increasing fertility
  • A daily intake of 1.8 milligrams of boron appeared to have reduced men’s risk of developing prostate cancer by a half
  • Boron also appears to boost sex hormones in postmenopausal women (making it a possible natural and safer alternative to HRT) and in men of the same age
  • There is evidence of lower boron concentrations in femur heads, bones, and synovial fluid from people with arthritis
  • The bones of patients using boron supplements are much harder to cut than those of patients not using supplements
  • In areas of the world where boron intakes usually are 1.0 mg or less/day the estimated incidence of arthritis ranges from 20% to 70%, whereas in areas of the world where boron intakes are usually 3-10mg, the estimated incidence of arthritis ranges from 0 to 10%
  • When 20 people with osteoarthritis were given a 6mg boron/day supplement, ten reported that their symptoms had improved, compared to only two of the people in the control group (who received a placebo)

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