Research shows that the trace mineral boron can boost blood levels of estrogen, which helps prevent calcium loss and demineralization of bones. Sufficient levels of boron also help prevent magnesium loss, which is needed for the metabolism of calcium.
Dr. Forest, at the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s Human Nutrition Research Center in North Dakota, discovered that post-menopausal women were more apt to lose calcium and magnesium when they were eating a low-boron diet. When these women were given just 3 milligrams of boron a day, their calcium losses dropped by 40%, and their estrogen levels doubled to the amounts found in women on estrogen replacement therapy! (Estradiol 17B, the active form of estrogen.) This small amount of boron is easy to get from food.
Boron is especially abundant in foods like apples, pears, grapes, bananas, peaches, oranges, dates, raisins, prunes, almonds, walnuts, beans, avocados, onions, broccoli, and honey. This might help explain why vegetarians have less osteoporosis. You can also get boron by using unrefined mineral-rich salt on your food.
Refined sugar can lead to more calcium and magnesium loss, as well as hormone imbalances. So, when you have a sweet tooth, try the recipe below, containing boron-rich ingredients!
Date Walnut Fudge
Blend all ingredients until smooth in a food processor or blender:
1 cup raw walnuts
1 1/3 cups pitted dates (I cut whole dates in half before adding them. This makes them easier to process and to check for any pits that didn’t get removed.)
4 tablespoons unsweetened cacao or cocoa powder (also contains boron)
1 teaspoon pure, unsweetened vanilla extract
Optional: dash of unrefined mineral-rich salt
Roll into balls or pat into a pan and cut into squares. Refrigerate. You can also leave the cacao/cocoa out, if you prefer. I often make half without, and then add only 2 tablespoons to the other half.
Keep learning to be healthy!
Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist, CNHP
1 Corinthians 10:31– “Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory!”
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This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. It does not take the place of any medical care that you may need. Consult your health care provider about making dietary and lifestyle changes that are right for you.