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The trace mineral boron might be the most overlooked, yet essential, micronutrient no one is talking about, with vitally important roles in plant metabolism and in human health. Most significantly in bone health and wound healing. Be prepared to be amazed at what this mighty mineral can do.

Bone and Joint Health

The highest concentration of boron in the body is in the parathyroid glands, followed by the bones and tooth enamel. When deficient in boron, the parathyroid becomes overactive and releases too much parathyroid hormone, which raises blood calcium levels by releasing calcium from bones and teeth, and can lead to osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and tooth decay. Boron is for the parathyroid what iodine is for the thyroid.

Boron protects calcium in the bones

Calcium and magnesium are strongly affected by the presence or absence of boron. Not enough boron leads to an increase in calcium excretion and a decrease in magnesium uptake. Boron activates the mineralization of osteoblasts, a type of cell that creates new material to rebuild bones.

Boron boosts magnesium absorption

Magnesium acts as a cofactor for numerous enzymes that regulate the metabolism of calcium and is crucial for bone health. About 60 % of the magnesium present in the human body is found in the bone, boron appears to improve the absorption of magnesium and deposit it into the cell.

Boron affects vitamin D absorption

Boron has been shown to improve the absorption of vitamin D, which is required for healthy, strong bones. Children who lack vitamin D can develop rickets, which cause bone weakness, bowed legs, and other skeletal issues. Studies have shown that adding boron supplementation can significantly improve serum vitamin D levels in people who are deficient in vitamin D.

Boron affects sex hormone metabolism

The rate of bone loss increases after menopause, indicating the importance of sex hormones and bone health. Boron acts as a hormone modulator and has been shown to increase levels of 17-beta estradiol (our most biologically active estrogen) and testosterone which influences our bone health.

Wound Healing

Boron helps to speed up and improve wound healing through specific action on common enzymes in animal and human tissues – collagenase, alkaline phosphatase, and elastase. Boron activates fibroblasts of the skin and tissues, in a similar way that boron activates the osteoblasts in the bones.

Reduces Inflammation

In the 1970’s, Dr. Rex Newnham developed arthritic joint stiffness after moving to a sandy area with depleted soils. At that time, he was a soil and plant scientist in Perth Australia and knew that boron was essential to calcium metabolism in plants, so he decided to do an experiment. He ingested 6mg of boron (in the form of Borax) daily, and in three weeks all pain, swelling and stiffness had disappeared. In the coming years, he successfully alleviated arthritis in hundreds of patients.

Since that time, many studies on human health show the benefits of boron are seen with a dose greater or equal to 3mg/day. Look for foods rich in boron, such as prune(s) juice, avocados, raisins and peaches.

by Cher Thorsen, CNP

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Vykon Supplements founded by Lisa Pitel-Killah, Hair Mineral Analysis Expert & Educator, Board-Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, Functional Diagnostic Practitioner, and multi-time Kettlebell Sport World Champion.  Her animal study includes Holistic Carnivore and Equine Nutritionist and advanced Animal HTMA (Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis). Lisa is the host of the Human Optimization podcast and the co-host of the annual HTMA Virtual Summit, bringing mineral education to the masses.  The science of HTMA can identify exactly what your body, or your animal’s body, needs to thrive.  Customize, simplify, and revitalize life with Vykon.


Sue’s background includes being a two sport athlete in University and a member of Ontario Field Hockey team. She completed her CIS eligibility in College for photojournalism following 25 years as a photojournalist. Supporting two daughters through competitive hockey, Sue discovered her passion for Holistic Nutrition and returned to study at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition, graduating with her Certified Nutrition Practitioner designation. She has a strong passion for supporting people through chronic stress. Sue enjoys time on the water, has her Level 1 SUP certification and recently started racing.


Kailan spent her youth on her family farm; from a young age she developed an interest in how the mental and physical wellness of animals can impact their bonding and performance. After improving the health of her equine companions, she has had some pivotal moments resulting in multiple national championship titles. Her inherent passion for health coupled with her degree in engineering has led her on this journey to help humans and animals alike realize the benefits of optimized health.  

Kailan’s goal is to enlighten others to the resources available, aid in resolving root cause of barriers and breakdown misconceptions surrounding poor behavioural patterns.


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