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Calcium and Magnesium with Boron

Calcium is involved in numerous vital functions throughout the body, including; bone building, protein and fat digestion, energy production, nerve transmission and neuro-muscular activity. Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body, contributing to 1.5 to 2% of total body weight. Bones contain more than 99% of the body's calcium.

Magnesium is critical to many cellular functions including energy production, protein formation and cellular replication. Magnesium's main function is in enzyme activation. Magnesium is predominantly deposited in the bone, the remainder residing in metabolically active tissues such as muscle, brain, heart, liver, and kidneys.

Boron is a trace mineral that is known to influence the transport of extra-cellular calcium and release of intra-cellular calcium. Boron is necessary for the action of vitamin D, the vitamin that stimulates the absorption and utilisation of calcium.




Vitamin C

Malic Acid


In powder form, 1 tsp daily with water or fruit juice. The NIH consensus panel on osteoporosis have suggested an intake of 1000mg/day of calcium by estrogen replete premenopausal women and for postmenopausal women treated with estrogen. An intake of 1500mg/day is suggested for untreated postmenopausal women. Up to 2500mg calcium/day is suggested as an upper safety level. Research suggests that the dosage range for Boron in adults is 1-13 mg/day.

Potential applications

This combination of minerals provides support for a wide range of applications including; menopause / post-menopause related osteoporosis, bone fractures, neuro-muscular disorders e.g. fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), cardiovascular conditions e.g. hypertension, the elderly, and sports nutrition (magnesium and malic acid are required for efficient energy metabolism (ATP production). Other applications include hypertension in pregnancy, pre-eclampsia, PMS, PCOS, muscle cramps, hearing loss, and insulin resistance.

Known contraindications

Patients with hyperparathyroidism, severe heart disease or cancer should consult their physician before introducing calcium/magnesium supplementation.


Vitamin D is required for effective absorption of calcium. Calcium in either food or supplemental form has been shown to inhibit iron absorption by 49 to 62% when ingested together. Caffeine increases urinary output of calcium.

Use in conjunction with

  • Osteoporosis - Multi-vitamin and mineral, green food blend, Black Cohosh, pycnogenol/grape seed extract (for collagen health)

Daily exposure to sunshine, regular exercise and a multi-nutrient formula containing vitamin D and other synergistic nutrients is suggested for optimum bone protection. Ensure 5-a-day fruits and vegetables (organic preferable) and regular consumption of soya or other phyto-estrogen rich foods.


Interestingly the calcium found in broccoli is twice as bio-available as that found in cow's milk. Physical deficiency signs that correlate with a low magnesium status include hypertension, fatigue, mental confusion, irritability, weakness, nerve conduction problems, muscle cramps, insomnia, and predisposition to stress.


© Cheryl Thallon at Viridian

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