I’ve been trying to find more information on the inclusion of boron in a soylent recipe. My preliminary reading suggests that boron may be important to the body, but it is very easy to take too much. It’s the only element that has an RDA (in the US) that is not accounted for in Rob’s original formula. Supplements do exist, but I haven’t seen many recipes in this forum that include Boron. Rob mentioned it in an article from Vice many weeks ago when he first started with Soylent (http://www.vice.com/read/rob-rhinehart-no-longer-requires-food) and said that he “advocate[s] supplementing Soylent with conventional food.” Has anyone else pondered this that can weigh in?
Most boron supplements I’ve found are roughly 3mg a capsule, and the American tolerable UL (for a woman my age) is 20mg, so it seems like a safe quantity, but I’ve also read that boron supplements can be bad for people with “hormone-sensitive conditions” which includes me.
In a comment to one of his original blog posts, Rob said “Boron is an ultratrace mineral, no deficiency symptoms have ever been described, and it’s biological role is not understood. But I’ll probably add it to the mixture just to be safe.” However, my reading suggests that it can lead to osteoarthritis. And I don’t see any mention of it in his follow-ups so I’m not sure he ever did add it (or if he did it was off the record).
This is mostly an open call for comments and opinions.