Boron is a naturally occurring element that can be found in small amounts in water, soil, and some foods. While small amounts of boron are ok – even essential for human health – high levels of boron in drinking water can lead to several health problems, particularly in the urinary and reproductive systems.
Some areas in Oregon, including Jackson and Josephine counties, are known to have high concentrations of boron in the soil. Since Boron compounds are odorless and tasteless, the only way to know if it is in your drinking water is testing.
A Risk of Miscarriage and Stillbirth
One study from Iran found that high levels of boron in drinking water were associated with increased rates of miscarriage and stillbirth. The study, which was published in the Journal of Environmental Health Perspectives in 2011, found that women living in areas with boron levels above the recommended limit of 3 mg/L had a significantly higher risk of miscarriage and stillbirth than women living in areas with lower boron levels.
Increased Risk of Kidney Stones
Another study, conducted in Turkey, found that high levels of boron in drinking water were associated with an increased risk of kidney stones. The study, which was published in the Journal of Urology in 2010, found that men living in areas with boron levels above the recommended limit had a significantly higher risk of developing kidney stones than men living in areas with lower boron levels.
A research published in 2018 in Environmental Research, in which the effect of boron on the thyroid gland has been evaluated by exposing the rats to different concentrations of boron for different periods of time. Results of the study indicate that boron exposure for long periods of time causes damage to the thyroid gland in rats.
In conclusion, while small amounts of boron are ok, even essential for human health, high levels of boron in drinking water can lead to several health problems, particularly in the urinary and reproductive systems. Therefore, if your well water has high boron levels, it is important to treat the water to remove the excess boron in order to avoid potential health problems.
Filter Out the Boron
Removing high levels of boron from well water it requires our most advanced filtration system which is guaranteed to remove boron from every sink and faucet in your home.
How will I know if I have boron in my drinking water?
The only way to know if your drinking water contains high levels of boron is to test it.
If you are concerned about boron in your water, please contact Pure Water Solutions for a FREE Water Analysis.
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