SUPPORTS BONE GROWTH
drumsticks are giving boron a leg to stand on as an element that may be important
for optimum bone growth in people. Studies of growing chicks show that boron--found
mostly in fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts--can partially compensate for a
low vitamin D intake in bone formation.
human children, chicks raised on a diet deficient in vitamin D develop rickets,
a bone deformity in which the actively growing ends, or growth plates, are weak
from lack of minerals. Adding boron to the vitamin D-deficient diet significantly
improved the accumulation of minerals in the chicks growth plates, according
to researchers with USDA's Agricultural Research Service.
added several levels of boron to the chicks diets to approximate the range
people might get through typical diets. After four weeks, they inspected the growth
plates under a microscope.
Those closest to normal came from chicks getting the highest level of boron--4.2
milligrams per kilogram of feed. This is equivalent to the boron levels in a human
diet containing plenty of fruits and vegetables. Even in the chicks raised on
diets containing adequate vitamin D, the growth plates tended to mineralize better
when the animals got ample boron.
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