Information from a pamphlet citing, Dr. Rex E. Newman Phd's book, "Beating Arthritis & Beating Osteoporosis" tells us that boron can be effective in alleviating arthritis. It goes on to say that the reason for this is the positive role boron plays in the integration of calcium into the cartilage and bone.
This is good news for arthritis sufferers and should be a considered a treatment option. And, as mentioned, it is also an aid in improving the conditions of osteoporosis.
It seems the levels of boron in the soil is dependent on the location, and because of this, many areas are deficient. Every country has different levels and those that are deficient will show arthritis symptoms in grazing animals such as sheep, horses and even dogs.
There are several other health conditions in Dr. Newman's book that can be improved with boron, and one of them is menopausal symptoms. Boron helps to raise the levels of sex hormones in the body.
The therapeutic dosage recommended by Dr. Newman is 10 mgs. per day. He does say that it will take a while to get into the system and in some cases the symptoms could get slightly worse before they get better. (This is because, in the case of rheumatoid arthritis, certain amoebae, which parasitize their joints, "die-off" and create a temporary worsening of the symptoms.)
But, the promise of boron can be exciting news for those who were not aware of the important role trace minerals can actually play in our general health! Sufferers of these and other conditions may want to look into this promising and exciting possibility a little further.