A recent clinical study was done on knee pain and Fructo Borate. The results showed that taking Fructo Borate for 90 days, once or twice a day, showed a remarkable pain relief (Pietrzkowski et al., 2018). Reduction of pain started on the 7th day, and continued to improve throughout the 90 day study.
Importance: Previous research showed that a twice-daily 108 mg dose of calcium fructoborate (CFB) improved knee discomfort during a 2-week supplementation period. This current double-blind, placebo-controlled randomized study investigates the effects of CFB supplementation on knee discomfort during 90 days of supplementation. Purpose: To evaluate the comparative effects of once-daily and twice-daily dosing of calcium fructoborate on knee joint discomfort for ninety days. Design: 120 participants with self-reported knee discomfort were recruited and randomized into three groups (each N=40). Participants received: 108 mg CFB twice per day (CFB-G1); or, 216 mg CFB in a single dose (CFB-G2); or, placebo. Setting: Subjects were recruited through advertisement in local papers. The researchers assessed intake and within-study levels of knee discomfort by using the McGill Pain Questionnaire (MPQ) and the Western Ontario and McMaster University Arthritis Index (WOMAC). Results: 62 female and 59 male subjects completed the study. Subjects’ average age was (52.84 ± 8.19 years) and average BMI was (26.76 ± 2.50 kg/m2). Statistical differences between groups were calculated using a two-sided, two-sample t-test. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) was used to estimate within-group changes in mean WOMAC and MPQ scores as well as against the control group. When compared to placebo, CFB-G1 showed a significant decrease in reported discomfort on day 14 (P=0.02,) day 30 (P=0.003), day 60 (P<0.0001) and day 90 (P<0.0001) according to WOMAC Scores. A similar decrease was observed for CFB-G2 WOMAC Scores on day 14 (P=0.02), day 30 (P=0.0003), day 60 (P<0.0001) and day 90 (P<0.0001). When compared to placebo, the MPQ score for CFB-G1 group decreased on day 7 (P=0.002), day 14 (P=0.001), day 30 (P<0.0001), day 60 (P<0.0001) and day 90 (P<0.0001). MPQ score decreases were also observed for CFB-G2 group on day 7 (P=0.02), day 14 (P=0.01), day 30 (P<0.0001), day 60 (P<0.0001) and day 90 (P<0.0001). When comparing CFB-G1 and CFB-G2, no significant differences were observed. Importantly, no changes were observed in the WOMAC and MPQ scores within the placebo group. Conclusion: Both CFB groups showed early and significantly improved levels of knee comfort. Knee comfort continued to significantly improve throughout the duration of this 90-day study. No significant differences were observed between the once-daily and the twice–daily doses of CFB.
According to the Arthritis Foundation, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, psoriatic arthritis, lupus, and fibromyalgia, can also cause knee pain (4). Knee pain not only interferes with an individual’s ability to engage in physical exercise, but can also interfere with other basic daily activities. Typically, individuals experiencing knee discomfort have resorted to use of analgesics or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for the relief of symptoms. Unfortunately, NSAIDS have been associated with undesirable side-effects and have been reported to be potentially dangerous for some individuals. Consequently, many active adults prefer a more natural solution for their joint discomfort. Therefore, longer-term use of an effective, natural and safe dietary supplement may be a healthier alternative. Previous research suggests that some nutritional supplements such as vitamins (vitamin C and E, D and B), glucosamine, chondroitin sulfates, trace elements (boron, selenium, zinc and copper) and fish oil can improve symptoms of knee discomfort (5-7). More recently, nutraceuticals have been considered as an alternative to stimulate production of needed components of articular cartilage or by slowing down cartilage damage in people with OA (8).
Calcium fructoborate (CFB) is a nature-identical plant mineral complex (a “borocarbohydrate”) originally found in certain fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes, and currently produced by a previously described patented process (9). CFB is a non-animal, generally recognized as safe (GRAS), non-genetically modified organism (GMO), water-soluble material that has been reported to be fast-acting and effective at low doses for relief of joint discomfort (10-14). Our previous research showed that calcium fructoborate significantly improved knee comfort 9, 14, 15) and flexibility through a self-reported Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Index (WOMAC) score (16, 17) and McGill Pain Questionnaire (MPQ) index (18-21) during a 2-week supplementation11. This research supported that CFB may provide “fast-acting” relief for joint discomfort if used twice daily at a 108mg dose (11).
Pietrzkowski, Z., Mercado-Sesma, A. R., Argumedo, R., Cervantes, M., Nemzer, B., & Reyes-Izquierdo, T. (2018). Effects of once-daily versus twice daily dosing of calcium fructoborate on knee discomfort. A 90 day, double-blind, placebo controlled randomized clinical study. J Aging Res Clin Pract, 7(1), 31-36. Article
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