Boron from the mine to Boron in the Organic Farmers Mind

By Dr. Richard Olree



Boron compounds were known thousands of years ago. Borax was known from  the deserts of western Tibet, where it received the name of tincal, derived from the Sanskrit. Borax glazes were used in China from AD300, and some tincal It was not recognized as an element until isolated by Sir Humphry Davy, Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac and Louis Jacques Thénard. Davy observed in 1808 that electric current sent through a solution of borates produced a brown precipitate on one of the electrodes. He produced enough boron to confirm a new element and named the element boracium.even reached the West, where the Persian alchemist Jābir ibn Hayyān seems to mention it in AD700. Marco Polo brought some glazes back to Italy in the 13th century. Agricola, around 1600, reports the use of borax as a flux in metallurgy. In 1777, boric acid was recognized in the hot springs (soffioni) near Florence, Italy, and became known as sal sedativum, with mainly medical uses. The rare mineral is called sassolite, which is found at Sasso, Italy. Sasso was the main source of European borax from 1827 to 1872, at which date American sources replaced it. Boron compounds were relatively rarely used chemicals until the late 1800s when Francis Marion Smith’s, Pacific Coast Borax Company first popularized these compounds, making them in volume and inexpensive.


The city of Boron in Kern County, California, United States was named after the element and is home to the U.S. Borax Boron Mine, the world’s largest borax mine and the compound, boric acid. This is California’s largest open-pit mine at Boron, California, a hinterland community on the western edge of the Mojave Desert. Within a half day’s drive one can view the highest and lowest points in the contiguous 48 states of the United States (Mount Whitney and Death Valley), the world’s oldest tree (the Bristlecone Pine).



The element is unique among the essential elements in that a narrow range in concentration can mean the difference between plant deficiency and plant toxicity. Whereas a fraction of one part per million may be required, a few parts per million may be toxic to plants. Since boron is non-mobile in plants, a continuous supply from soil or planting media is required in all plant meristems. In mineral rich soils, release of boron is usually quite slow. Much of the available boron in soil is held rather tightly by soil organic material. As organic matter decomposes, boron is released with a portion being absorbed by plants, leached below the root zone area (especially in high rainfall/acid soil areas) or tied up (unavailable) under alkaline soil conditions.


Boron is critical for the process of cell differentiation at all growing tips of plants (meristems) where cell division is active. Plants deficient in boron continue to undergo cell division in growing tips without differentiation of cells becoming stems, leaves, flowers, etc. and thereby stunting a plants growth.


When this occurs, apical dominance of the growing point ceases to exert control over lateral shoot development. Thus, one may see a proliferation of side shoots resulting in a “witches broom” condition. Deformed flowers are a common symptom of boron deficiency. Many plants may respond by reduced flowering and improper pollination as well as thickened, curled, wilted and chlorotic new growth.


Boron has not been considered essential for  humans until recently. Disadvantages of a boron deficient diet, such as its negative effects on bone calcification, have already been studied. More recently, additional consequences on embryo development in fish and amphibians have been described where cellular proliferation lacks the differentiation required for the formation of tissues and organs, demonstrating a failure in cellular signaling.


An article entitled “Multi-platform characterization of the human cerebrospinal fluid metabolome: a comprehensive and quantitative update”, printed in Genome Medicine 2012 gives us the best mineral brake down of human cerebral spinal fluid (CSF). The article indicated that there are about 162 different chemical signatures in CSF. The research used the following methods – nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS), direct flow injection-mass spectrometry (DFI-MS/MS) and inductively coupled spectrometry (ICP-MS) to arrive at their conclusions.


Gleaning data from this article shows that the number one mineral in CSF is sodium, no surprise at all, but the number two mineral was boron. [Looked like Lithium was #2 mineral in the article???] Since the Food and Drug Administration considers boron to be “LIKELY SAFE” for adults and children when used in doses less than the Upper Tolerable Limits……consider this – Boron supplements can lower the amount of magnesium flushed out in urination. This has a profound ripple effect on all other minerals in the human body.


The following is the complete list of minerals found in the study. Sodium, Boron, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Aluminum, Lithium, Iron, Copper, Strontium, Titanium, Zinc, Rubidium, Vanadium, Selenium, Zirconium, Chromium, Manganese, Arsenic, Nickel, Beryllium, Palladium, Molybdenum, Cesium, Gallium, Ruthenium, and Yttrium. All of the above listed minerals are found in the book, Minerals for the Genetic Code, except Zirconium and Palladium. This author wonders if Zirconium and Palladium should be present at all considering that there was more Acetaminophen that the following minerals – Lithium, Iron, Copper, Strontium, Titanium, Zinc, Rubidium, Vanadium, Selenium, Zirconium, Chromium, Manganese, Arsenic, Nickel, Beryllium, Palladium, Molybdenum, Cesium, Gallium, Ruthenium, and Yttrium.


The various types of boron that can be obtained over the counter are as follows – Boron Citrate, Boron Glycinate, Boron Aspartate, Calcium Fructoborate, and Calcium Borogluconate. The best forms of absorbable Boron are: Calcium Fructoborate and Calcium Borogluconate. Both types of Boron are body ready and need no transformation by the liver to be utilized and both can be removed just as easy to avoid a toxic overload.


Calcium Borogluconate is a source of calcium for cattle, sheep and swine, to aid in the treatment of hypocalcemia, e.g., milk fever in cattle.



Get Calcium Fructoborate at Hillman Health Foods, FruiteX-B is one of the best sources of boron in supplement form, get it now just click the image.

Calcium Fructoborate is non-toxic, water-soluble form and boasts clinically measured bioactivity and bioavailability. Calcium Fructoborate also reduces inflammation to damaged tissue cells, with several published clinical studies indicating significant reduction in C – reactive protein (CRP), a well-recognized general inflammatory marker. Inflammation is one major aspect of wear and tear to both bones and joints, so any nutrient that assists in this way will lend support. Likewise, antioxidants protect body structures, and calcium fructoborate clearly has antioxidant activity. As a side note, calcium fructoborate was recently found to induce cell death in breast cancer cells, turning off the highly inflammatory pathway that drives breast cancer cell replication.


What makes calcium fructoborate an even more intriguing nutrient is its ability to help regulate hormones and vitamin D3 in a manner that improves bone and joint health. It seems to act as a “bodyguard” for vital activities needed for the rejuvenation of important body structures.


Look at all labels of your vitamins to be sure that you are getting your boron.

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