The more popular Vitamin D, calcium and Vitamin K are famous for their incredible health benefits, but these are not the only ones.
Many people know that magnesium is essential for having strong and healthy bones, but not many know that in order to have strong and healthy bones, our body also needs trace minerals. One of the most important trace minerals is boron.
Although its name does not ring too many bells, the good news is that boron can be found in many vegetables.
According to scientists, boron contributes to the health and strength of our bones, fuels our cognitive functions and prevents bone diseases like osteopenia and osteoporosis.
Boron also helps preserve bone density, which is essential especially for frail and weak bones of older people. Weak bones can cause fractures and the lack of proper vitamins and minerals make for a slower healing of the bones.
The experts say that we don’t need a very high quantity of boron in order to have strong and healthy bones.
The recommended intake is somewhere between 15-20 milligrams for adults aged 18 and more, while 11-16 grams are recommended for younger people.
To understand better how much this is, a banana and a serving of almonds are the equivalent of 2.5 milligrams each.
The researchers provided a list with boron-rich foods, which include fruits like pears, apples, red grapes, oranges, bananas and prunes.
Some beans and legumes that are very rich in boron include beans, chickpeas, lentils, avocados and broccoli.
Other foods that have a high content of boron are nuts, such as walnuts and almonds.
The researchers say that boron helps the bone cells to preserve the bone density, while aiding the body use Vitamin D, calcium, magnesium and other essential vitamins and minerals responsible for keeping our bones healthy and strong.
Boron can also stimulate the metabolism and helps improve mental focus, regulates the hormones and the thyroid gland.
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