Osteoporosis: Trace Elements - Boron and Silicon
As the name suggests, only trace amounts of some minerals are needed for the body to function properly. Taken as supplements, certain trace elements can promote bone formation and help to prevent osteoporosis. Most people get enough trace elements in their diets. However, for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis, supplements can be helpful.
Recent studies suggest that boron is important for calcium metabolism. In addition, it has proven to be an effective mineral for the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis because of its ability to activate important vitamins and minerals in the body.
Additional research needs to be conducted in order to determine a recommended daily amount of boron. In the meantime, experts suggest 3mg to 5mg a day for the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis. Higher doses of boron can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and fatigue. Food sources that contain boron include:
- Beet greens
Scientists have determined that silicon helps with the growth and maintenance of skin, hair, ligaments, tendons, and bones as well as in the development of normal skeletal growth.
Silicon is found in whole, unprocessed foods. Since most people eat a lot of processed foods, supplementing silicon may be helpful in maintaining a healthy diet. Like boron, additional research needs to be conducted in order to determine a recommended daily amount of silicon. In the meantime, experts suggest 25mg to 50mg a day for the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis.
Food sources that contain silicon include:
- Dandelion greens
- Mustard greens
- White onions
- Whole grains (rice and oats)