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Is 20 Mule Team Borax Safe to Ingest?

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Published on: November 11th, 2020
Updated: November 12th, 2020

20 Mule Team Borax is a reputable, long-standing brand of borax in the United States.

The company was founded in the late 1800’s when their team discovered Borax mines in Death Valley, California.

Today, most people still don’t know that Borax is a 100% natural compound made from Boron.

Boron is simply a natural mineral. You can find Boron on the periodic table of elements.

Periodic Table with Boron or Borax Highlighted Mystic Future
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Borax is simply the refined or “powdered” version of Boron.

Borax is sometimes also referred to as Sodium Borate or Sodium Tetraborate.

Sodium Tetraborate is the only ingredient listed on 20 mule’s product packaging.

At its most basic level, Borax consists of Sodium, Oxygen and Boron.

Borax closely resembles table salt.

When you pick up 20 Mule Team Borax online or from the grocery store, you’re essentially getting raw Borax that’s been mined from the ground, and converted into pure powder form.

Why is there such a huge amount of fear and uncertainty surrounding Borax?

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When you search for information about Borax on the internet, most resources emphasize the potential harm that Borax may cause, above all else.

As of today, Borax is actually banned across most of Europe. Most ordinary European consumers can’t even buy Borax.

In the United States, Borax is marketed as a laundry detergent. Borax is allowed for cleaning purposes in the land of the free.

But the FDA has banned the use of Borax as a food additive.

This means it’s pretty tough for Americans to find accurate information about ingesting Borax for health purposes…

Until now.

Why would someone want to ingest borax in the first place?

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the average adult ingests 1.0 to 1.5 milligrams of Boron from foods and dietary supplements each day.

The reality is you’re already ingesting a minuscule amount of Boron.

Boron is a trace mineral that exists in our food supply.

If you eat a predominantly plant-based diet like myself, you’re actually getting a little bit more Boron than the average human being.

In any case, most people supplement their diets with additional Borax because of the health benefits.

There’s some research that shows Borax can potentially help with arthritis, osteoporosis, energy levels, mood and overall well-being.

It’s common for aging adults to supplement with Borax to improve their strength and bone health.

Borax can also support your libido, as some people report that Borax may work as an aphrodisiac.

The most exciting report I’ve read regarding Borax explains that Borax may help decalcify your pineal gland.

It’s thought that your pineal gland is a gateway to all other dimensions throughout the universe.

You can probably imagine how important your pineal gland truly is.

Are small quantities of Borax safe to ingest?

The short answer is yes.

As long as you’re consuming pure raw Borax – small quantities in the range of 1/4 teaspoon to 1/2 teaspoon Borax are absolutely safe for adults to ingest.

Keep in mind that Borax should always be diluted with a large quantity of water before consuming.

It’s also worth noting that 20 Mule Team Borax is not labeled as food grade.

Due to the state of FDA regulations in the USA, 20 Mule Team Borax is not legally allowed to recommend the ingestion of Borax.

With that being said, I’ve researched 20 Mule Team’s quality control process, and it does appear that 20 Mule Team Borax contains a “NF grade.”

“NF grade” is very similar to “USP grade” or “pharmaceutical grade.”

In summary, I can’t exactly recommend that you consume 20 Mule Team Borax.

But I can say that I personally have no issues consuming Borax.

I’m very happy with an “NF grade” as this is close to the quality of ingredients used in pharmaceuticals.

If Borax is safe to ingest in small quantities, why are Borax products labeled as harmful if swallowed?

The reality is that Borax, like table salt, or anything else for that matter, can be harmful if swallowed in large quantities.

First of all, children should never be allowed near Borax unattended.

Secondly, adults should limit their consumption of Borax to 1/4 teaspoon Borax mixed in a large glass of water.

Adults can safely consume one of these Borax beverages per day.

Larger-sized adults can consume up to a 1/2 teaspoon of Borax mixed in a large glass of water.

Even if you’re enjoying the effects of consuming Borax, it’s always best to moderate your consumption.

Miscellaneous safety information pertaining to 20 Mule Team Borax

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Be smart.

If you notice any gastrointestinal discomfort after consuming Borax, just lower your dose of Borax, and take it slow.

If your discomfort is prevalent, you could be experiencing a herxheimer reaction, which simply means your body is detoxifying and needs a little bit of time to rid your body of the toxins that have been lingering inside your system for quite some time.

Keep in mind that Borax has been used safely for hundreds of years. Treat it like table salt in terms of portion control, and you’ll most likely be good to go.

Sources

Borax on Amazon
https://amzn.to/3n8E6ts

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Borax Fact Sheet
https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Boron-HealthProfessional/

Comparative toxicology of borates on PubMed
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/10050929/

Essentially of boron for healthy bones and joints on PubMed
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/7889887/

A comparison of NF grade, USP grade, pharmaceutical grades and more
https://www.labmanager.com/business-management/the-seven-most-common-grades-for-chemicals-and-reagents-2655

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