Calcium Fructoborate May Ease Knee Pain
Knee pain can come from many sources, such as old injuries and osteoarthritis. For people suffering from knee pain and looking for a natural remedy, a recent study suggests that calcium fructoborate may help reduce knee pain.
Participants in the study included 60 men and women who were older than 35 but younger than 60, with a Body Mass Indexes ranging from 21 to 30. All were experiencing knee pain prior to the study and none were taking pain relief medication or supplements.
Half of the participants were given 110 mg of calcium fructoborate daily for two weeks while the other half was given a placebo.
The researchers evaluated all of the participants using the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Arthritis Index (WOMAC) and the McGill Pain Questionnaire (MPQ) at the beginning of the study, at the seven day mark, and again at the conclusion of the study.
Participants in the supplement group had significant reductions in knee pain compared to the placebo group. The supplement group had a change of -13.73 in the WOMAC score and a change of -8.9 in the MPQ score. Negative values indicate greater reductions in reported discomfort.
Researchers from the University of California at Irvine conducted the study. It was published on June 5, 2014, in Clinical Interventions in Aging.
Calcium fructoborate is a compound consisting of boron, fructose, and calcium. Previous studies have linked consumption of calcium fructoborate with improvements in cholesterol levels, inflammation, oxidation, and inhibiting the growth of breast cancer cells.
Calcium fructoborate is found naturally in plants and can also be taken in supplement form.