Boron as a Dietary Factor for Bone Microarchitecture and Central Nervous System Function

  • Forrest H. Nielsen
  • Barbara J. Stoecker
  • James G. Penland


Studies by several different research groups using different experimental animals indicate that nutritional amounts of boron beneficially affect bone histomorphological and gross physical characteristics. One of the first studies suggesting that boron is essential for higher animals found that boron improved bone calcification in chicks fed a diet deficient but not completely lacking in vitamin D (Hunt and Nielsen, 1981). At the microscopic level, boron deprivation (0.465 mg/kg diet) exacerbated the distortion of marrow sprouts (location of calcified scaffold erosion and new bone formation) and the delay in initiation of cartilage calcification in bones during marginal vitamin D deficiency (Hunt, 1996).


Bone Microarchitecture Brightness Discrimination Structural Model Index Boron Deficiency Dietary Fatty Acid Composition 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Forrest H. Nielsen
    • 1
  • Barbara J. Stoecker
    • 2
  • James G. Penland
    • 1
  1. 1.U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Agricultural Research ServiceGrand Forks Human Nutrition Research CenterGrand Forks
  2. 2.Nutritional SciencesOklahoma State UniversityStillwater

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