What is Borax and Why is It Important to Your Health?
Sodium tetraborate, or borax for short, is used as a herbal remedy in traditional Chinese medicine and also in Ayurveda and is an important but neglected mineral for your health.
It naturally occurs in soils that contain organic matter and in the foods grown in those soils, unfortunately, insecticides and herbicides often used kill the organic matter in soil.
Borax mineral is commonly mined from dried salt lakes, and is the source of other manufactured boron compounds. The main deposits are in California and Turkey.
We ONLY use the purest sources from Turkey.
You may be more familiar with it as a cleaning agent or an ingredient in detergents but Boron is a very significant trace mineral because it affects a vast range of life processes. Your body needs boron to maintain proper mineral balance, regulate hormones, metabolise vitamin D, heal wounds and grow strong bones.
Boron also has anti-inflammatory effects that can help alleviate arthritis and improve brain function and has demonstrated such significant anticancer effects that boron compounds are now being used in the treatment of several types of cancer.
Let's get into the benefits...
"Boron deficiency causes greatly increased amounts of calcium and magnesium to be lost with the urine. A borax supplement will reduce the daily loss of calcium by nearly 50%. As this calcium comes mainly from resorbed bone and teeth, boron deficiency may be the most important factor in causing osteoporosis and tooth decay." -Walter Last
#2 Arthritis & Rheumatoid Arthritis
Boron is a successful treatment option for arthritis and in more than 95% of cases, significant improvement was noticed by effectively increasing calcium integration into the cartilage and bone.
With increasing age, the bones might become weak and porous and boron can stem this deterioration by ensuring that calcium levels are maximised and used effectively.The areas lacking boron (which occurs in the organic matter in the soil – now greatly depleted due to agricultural practices) show the highest incidence of arthritis. It’s also safe to use boron to treat animal arthritis.
In "The Borax Conspiracy" How the Arthritis Cure Has Been Stopped written by Walter Last, (http://www.health-science-spirit.com/borax.htm) he states:
"Knowing that boron aids calcium metabolism in plants he decided to try it. He started taking 30 mg of borax a day, and in three weeks all pain, swelling and stiffness had disappeared.
He told public health and medical school authorities about his discovery but they were not interested. However, some people with arthritis were delighted as they improved. Others were scared to take something with a poison label on the container and meant to kill cockroaches and ants.
Eventually he had tablets made with a safe and effective quantity of borax.Within five years and only by word of mouth he sold 10,000 bottles a month. He could no longer cope and asked a drug company to market it. That was a major mistake. They indicated that this would replace more expensive drugs and reduce their profits.
It so happened that they had representatives on government health committees and arranged that in 1981 Australia instituted a regulation that declared boron and its compounds to be poisons in any concentration. He was fined $1000 for selling a poison, and this successfully stopped his arthritis cure from spreading in Australia."
#3 Sex Hormones
For both men and women boron can correct the hormone levels in our systems. Women are successfully taking boron to raise hormone levels naturally – with no nasty HRT side-effects! As men age their body can decrease production of testosterone resulting in muscle wasting; boron replenishes testosterone production.
Enhances Testosterone Levels
Boron is able to enhance the testosterone level in males; this quality is increasingly taken advantage of by male bodybuilders and athletes. Although some weight lifters prefer to take its supplements to enhance their testosterone levels, there has been no concrete evidence or explanation of the mechanism by which it helps to make them any more successful.
It has been reported that a quarter of a teaspoon of borax added to one quart of drinking water sipped throughout the course of a day while taking magnesium supplements can reverse male impotency. This can be attributed to many effects of borax on the human body. Borax stabilises calcium and magnesium in the blood. It stimulates hormone production. Toxic states of hyper fluoride accumulation, internal fungal growth and dangerous microbe production are normalised by borax consumption.
Used for Body Building:Boron is able to enhance the testosterone levels in males; this quality is increasingly taken advantage of by male body builders and athletes.
Solves Menstrual Problems, Womb Inflammation, Urinary Infections & Female Libido
Boron helps ease menstrual problems in women. Ayurvedic research has found that it helps with maintenance of normal uterine and menstrual function. This makes it beneficial to women with dysmenorrhoea or amenorrhoea, commonly referred to as irregular or absent periods.
It acts by clearing obstructions in the body, it alleviates kapha and vata thus bringing balance to your system. Studies have evaluated its use along with other herbs to help treat Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome or PCOS and found it to be effective. Boron can also cure the symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats that are typically associated with menopause, clotted menstruation, painful menstruation, and it ensures that the mineral level remains at appropriate levels since post-menopausal women often suffer from hormonal imbalances that can skew many of the body’s most important systems.
Women suffering from womb inflammation are recommended to soak in lukewarm bathwater with borax twice a day. If women displayed profuse, egg-white-like discharge or leucorrhea, they were told to douche with borax and lukewarm water solution three to four times per day. Other symptoms that can be alleviated by borax and water exposure include painful sexual intercourse, blood-streaked vaginal discharge, abdominal distention and false signs of pregnancy.
Borax acts on the urinary bladder, uterus, and stomach, besides the lungs. Its antimicrobial benefits can therefore be tapped to cure urinary infections. Chinese herbal medicine has a similar application in treating urinary dysfunction that involves stone formation in the urine and is often painful. Homeopathy suggests borax for those with cystitis, a condition that causes a sharp pain in the urinary opening and a general ache in the bladder that gives you a feeling of urine being retained.
Lastly, with all these benefits in the "female region", borax has been attributed to female libido enhancement, winning!
#4 Natural Fungicide
Boron is an excellent fungicide, it can prevent and treat candida (thrush) and other fungi problems within the body. Yeast fungus is also a contributing factor for hot flashes and night sweats.
Many users report successfully treating Candida and athlete’s foot.
#5 Cancer & Other Uses
Boron "neutron capture agents" are used for cancer therapy and in the development of strong enzyme inhibitors.
Other beneficial effects have been reported such as improvement of heart problems, vision, psoriasis, balance, memory and cognition.
So, with all those benefits...why is it considered dangerous?
Boric Acid is NOT the same as Borax.
Check out this article called The Borax Conspiracy, How the Arthritis Cure has been stoppedWalter Last. http://www.health-science-spirit.com/borax.htm
Borax (sodium tetraborate) is used in the process of making boric acid, but there is a tremendous chemical difference between the two. Many of the studies used to demonstrate the alleged danger of borax often used boric acid instead, or were ambiguous about which was used and Boric Acid is toxic at far lower doses than borax.
There are also several studies in the that show borax is only a very mild lung irritant and causes no lasting damage. If ingested, it is quickly excreted in the urine.
In addition, it does not really penetrate the skin well, and is not bio-accumulative. The high alkalinity of borax (pH 9.5) is what causes skin irritation, which is the same reason that washing soda and even baking soda cause skin irritation, too. The alkaline pH of borax, washing soda and baking soda is what softens the water, and makes it possible for them to clean your clothes.
Chronic poisoning occurs in those who are repeatedly exposed to Boric Acid. For example, in the past, boric acid was used to disinfect and treat wounds. People who received such treatment over and over again got sick, and some died.
Although Borax is "not recommended for internal use" and is purported as toxic, it is in fact 200 times less toxic than common table salt!
Hummmm....Think about the powers at work in this world, are they keeping you healthy?
It's up to you to make that decision.
Walter Last Boron Concentrate
1. Mix 1.5 tsp or 6 grams of borax in one litter of distilled or pure filtered water. This becomes your concentrated solution.
2. Drink 1-2 tsp or 5-10 ml's of this solution, mixed into a glass of water or food three to five times daily spaced evenly throughout the day. Continue with this amount for 3 to 4 months before dropping back to a maintenance dose of twice daily.