Epidemiological studies have linked low boron intakes to raised
levels of arthritis (see Low
boron higher arthritis). Soils around the world are
naturally boron-rich or boron-poor but have questionnable modern
agricultural methods made things worse?
- A South African study found that, for people
who ate mostly maize, arthritis rates were highest in those
eating processed maize grown with fertilisers
- In the USA boron levels in farm produce have
dropped considerably during the last 50 years
- In Australia the number
of cases of musculo-skeletal diseases was found to be 50% lower
in areas where there were high levels of boron in the soil and
water compared to low-boron area
Ed.- The country with the highest arthritis incidence in the
world, Jamaica, also had the lowest concentration of boron in
the soil found in any country in the world.
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[1[ Bentwich,Z et al. The Art of Getting
Well: Boron and Arthritis. Foundation for the Eradication of Rheumatoid
Disease: Fairview, TN, 1994.
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