Share The Wealth by Chris Gupta
June 08, 2003

Boron and arthritis

Here is another mineral that Health Canada is protecting us from - as usual anything that works is regulated out of the Health food market! They use our tax dollars to protect the pharmaceuticals - what a great scam!

Some stewardship?

Chris Gupta


One study shows that when human consumption of boron is less than 2 milligrams per day that there is a 20 percent increased risk of arthritis. When the diet provides 5-6 milligrams of boron per day, the prevalence of arthritis is lower than average. A 9-10 milligrams per day boron intake may be able to virtually eradicate common forms of arthritis. This is evidenced by areas of Australia where boron levels are high in water supplies (seven parts per million) and no arthritis is found in animals or man. There is no arthritis in an area of the far north of New Zealand where the water boron levels are high. Israel is a land with high boron soil levels and less than 1 percent of the population has arthritis. In South Africa, only 3 percent of the Zhosa tribe, which consumes water rich in boron, have arthritis. But when members of their population move to cities, the arthritis rate increases to 20 percent, about the rate found in western nations. [Journal Applied Nutrition 46: 81-85, 1994] In areas of the world where boron intake is 1 milligram or less per day, the incidence of arthritis ranges from 20-70 percent, whereas in areas of the world where boron intakes range from 3-10 milligrams per day, the arthritis incidence ranges from 0-10 percent. [Environmental Health Perspectives 102: 83-85S, 1994]


Researchers have calculated that an upper exposure dose of 18 milligrams of boron per day is safe. The American diet provides about 1.5 milligrams of boron, so water can provide up to 16.5 milligrams per day without toxicity. US drinking water supplies provide up to 2.44 milligrams of boron per liter, which is well within the safety level. [Regulatory Toxicology Pharmacology 22: 221-30, 1995] Other researchers have determined that up to 13 milligrams of boron per day are safe. [Biological Trace Element Research 66: 319-30, 1998]


Boron may be important for brain function. [Biological Trace Element Research 66: 299-317, 1998] Boron supplementation also appears to raise hormone levels (estrogen and testosterone on females and males). [Environmental Health Perspectives 102: 59-63S, 1994] It is odd that we add fluoride to drinking water to prevent dental caries, iodine to salt to prevent goiter and calcium to milk to prevent rickets, yet do not fortify foods with boron, which is obviously an essential mineral.


The amount of boron supplied by ground waters and bottled mineral waters varies widely. Ocean water provides a mean level of 4.6 milligrams of boron per liter. Boron in tap water in the USA is generally low (less than 1 milligram per liter), whereas some stations in Canada provide up to 2 milligrams per liter. Water supplies in Northern Chile provide a high concentration of 15.2 milligrams of boron per liter. Boron in US and European bottled water products ranges from trace amounts to 4.35 milligrams per liter. [Biological Trace Element Research 66: 87-100, 1998]

extracted from:

"In Search of the World's Best Water" by Bill Sardi



posted by Chris Gupta on Sunday June 8 2003
updated on Saturday September 24 2005

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Readers' Comments

can boron be bought over the counter still in northern ireland.
Thanks reggie

Posted by: wr jameson on October 14, 2003 08:04 PM


Porbably not go to:
for more info.

Posted by: Chris Gupta on October 15, 2003 09:16 PM


My father has very bad arthritis and has contracted gout from his arthritis medication - as well as being in extreme pain he is very confused as to what to do now. Will boron be of any use to him and what dosage should he take?

Posted by: chris tiley on August 22, 2004 11:28 AM


I want to know about boric acid for human. Is that dangerous? How much boric acid or boron in 100 grams meat?

Posted by: Diah on September 5, 2005 11:24 PM


I want to know about boric acid for human. Is that dangerous? How much boric acid or boron in 100 grams meat?

Posted by: Paul on January 12, 2006 11:04 PM


How much boron in a hundred grams of meat would depend on the boron level in the soil the animal-feed was grown in. According to the US National Institiute of Health total daily boron intake in a normal diet ranges from 2.14.3 mg boron/kg body weight a day. Their reference is "Total boron". Zook EG and Lehman J. J. Assoc. Off Agric. Chem. 48: 850-5 (1965) Elemental boron is nontoxic and different from boric acid. Common boron compounds such as boric acid have low toxicity comparable to the toxicity of table salt with the lethal dose being 2 to 3 grams per kg. Boric acid is used as an insecticide! Some boron hydrogen compounds are toxic and highly flammable.

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