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Chapter 11. Minerals

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Boron

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Boron is a little-studied mineral found naturally in fresh fruits and vegetables.

ROLE IN ANTI-AGING

Boron helps retain calcium in bones and prevents calcium and magnesium loss through the urine. It also helps bone mineralization and prevents osteoporosis. Epidemiological data implies that boron may help to prevent arthritis. There is evidence to suggest that boron is involved in estrogen and testosterone metabolism. In postmenopausal women, it increases estrogen naturally. Results of a study by Nielsen et al. (FASEB J. 1987;1:394397.) led the researchers to conclude: supplementation of a low-boron diet with an amount of boron commonly found in diets high in fruits and vegetables induces changes in postmenopausal women consistent with the prevention of calcium loss and bone demineralization. Several studies carried out over recent years have led the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to conclude that boron is an important nutrient for brain and psychological function in humans.

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Chapter 6. The “Wonder Drug”: Melatonin

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Imagine a wonder drug that extended your life span by 25 percent or more, allowing you to live to be 120 years old. Imagine, too, that this drug not only extended your life, but also maintained your youth, enabling you to enjoy work, sex, and social activities with the same zest and vigor that marked your life as a forty-five year old. Imagine, finally, that this drug had no harmful side effects or known long-term dangers, because it was actually not a drug at all, but a substance that occurred naturally in your body.

The fact is, we dont have to imagine this wonder drug at all. It already exists, in every living substance from algae to humans, and its name is melatonin.

MELATONIN AT A GLANCE

Melatonin is produced in the dark, while we sleep, and wanes upon daybreak: bright light signals the production cycle to shut down. It is secreted by the pineal gland, a small organ set behind and between the eyes. The pineal is called the third eye, a reference to our evolutionary heritagea time when the pineal may have extended the sensory capacities. The pineal gland serves as the timekeeper of the brain, helping to govern the sleep-wake cycle and, in animals, seasonal rhythms of migration, mating, and hibernation. In the human population, melatonin levels are highest in children.

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36. Water, the Elixir of Life

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27. Happiness Helps Health

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