Boron from calcium fructoborate (or CFB) is one of the most important nutrients, and it’s not as ubiquitous on store shelves as you would think. In fact, only a few nutritional supplement companies offer it. This may change in years to come when awareness of the benefits has grown. At Vibrant Health, boron can be found in Green Vibrance, Maximum Vibrance, Joint Vibrance and as a stand-alone product, Super Natural Boron.
Boron is essential for all life on earth
Boron is an essential nutrient for all life on earth. Without it, plants don’t grow. In August 2014, researchers at the University of Missouri found that boron is crucial to the stem cells of plants. Meristems, a part of plant anatomy, are made of stem cells, which are capable of giving rise to all the different cells that make up a plant. Without boron, these meristems wither.
Boron is woefully lacking in American soil and consequently the American food supply. Scientists have known for several decades that the depletion of boron in soil, due to chemical fertilizers and poor crop rotation, has increased the rate of certain bone and joint related diseases around the world.
Interestingly, boron is believed to have been delivered to earth via meteorite 3 billion years ago.
The best boron: calcium fructoborate
Calcium fructoborate, or CFB for short, as a dietary supplement is a patented compound composed of calcium bound to boron (from plants) and is a source of soluble boron that’s bio-identical to the boron that’s found in fruits and vegetables. Calcium fructoborate is the most scientifically studied boron-based dietary supplement.
While it’s difficult to get adequate boron levels from diet alone, the following foods contain higher levels of boron: dandelion root, honey, flaxseed, apples, figs, raisins, tomato paste, and more.
The benefits of boron
Boron has been proven to be an important trace mineral because it:
- is essential for the growth and maintenance of bone
- greatly improves wound healing
- beneficially impacts the body’s use of estrogen, testosterone, and vitamin D
- reduces levels of inflammatory biomarkers, such as high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) and tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α)
- raises levels of antioxidant enzymes, such as superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase, and glutathione peroxidase
- protects against pesticide-induced oxidative stress and heavy-metal toxicity
- boosts magnesium absorption
- improves the brain’s electrical activity, cognitive performance, and short-term memory for elders
- influences the formation and activity of key biomolecules, such as S-adenosyl methionine (SAM-e) and nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+)
- may help ameliorate the adverse effects of traditional chemotherapeutic agents
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Boron from Vibrant Health
These facts and more can be found in the following studies:
- Nothing Boring About Boron
- Calcium Fructoborate for Bone and Cardiovascular Health
- Short-term efficacy of calcium fructoborate on subjects with knee discomfort: a comparative, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study