Health Benefits of Boron

Boron is a vital trace mineral that is required for the normal growth and health of the body. Many dangerous conditions like arthritis and osteoporosis are naturally managed by Boron, and it helps to reduce menopausal symptoms as well. It is believed that boron improves the natural ability of the human body to absorb calcium and magnesium.

Important Sources of Boron

Fruits like apples, oranges, red grapes, pears, plums, kiwis, sultanas, dates, as well as certain vegetables, avocado, soybeans and nuts are rich sources of boron. Chickpeas, borlotti beans, hazel nuts, currants, peanut butter, red kidney beans, tomato, lentils, olive, onion, potato wine, and beer are also notable sources of Boron. There are so many sources that there is no reason to ever suffer from a deficiency.

Deficiency Symptoms of Boron

Although all of the deficiency symptoms of boron are not fully understood, it is known that boron deficiency might result in the abnormal metabolism of calcium and magnesium. Some of the other symptoms include hyperthyroidism, sex hormone imbalance, osteoporosis, arthritis and neural malfunction.

Boron is an essential trace element that is largely overlooked. However, it is crucial to include boron in the daily diet to ensure a healthy and disease-free life. Some of its benefits include the following:

Health Benefits of Boron

Prevents Arthritis: Boron is a successful treatment option for arthritis and in more than 95% of cases, significant improvement was noticed by effectively increasing calcium integration into the cartilage and bone. With increasing age, the bones might become weak and porous and boron can stem this deterioration by ensuring that calcium levels are maximized and used effectively.

Reduces Severity of Rheumatoid Arthritis: Boron greatly reduces the allergenic and inflammatory conditions that are typically associated with rheumatoid arthritis.

Used for Body Building: Boron is able to enhance the testosterone levels in males; this quality is increasingly taken advantage of by male body builders and athletes. Although some weight lifters prefer to take boron supplements to enhance their testosterone levels, there has been no concrete evidence or explanation of the mechanism by which is helps to make them any more successful.

Avocado3Helps in Bone Health: The bone building capacities of boron are often ignored in favor of calcium. However, boron actually works in unison with calcium to strengthen the bones. It plays a very important role in minimizing the risks of osteoporosis and arthritis. Boron also helps in the metabolism of minerals that are involved in bone development such as calcium, magnesium and copper. Furthermore, boron affects various hormones, including estrogen and testosterone, which are also related to the overall health of the body’s bones.

Estrogen Production: Boron can improve the production of estrogen in menopausal women, and can bring back their sex drive within a few days of treatment. Boron increases the level of natural sex hormones in the body, thereby reducing the need for hormone replacement therapy or other pharmaceutical solutions.

Embryonic development: Boron appears to be essential for reproduction and the development of the fetus, although not much information is available on this property, and research is ongoing.

Prevents Post-Menopausal Osteoporosis: Boron can ease the symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats that are typically associated with menopause, and it ensures that mineral levels remain at appropriate levels, since post-menopausal women often suffer from hormonal imbalances that can skew many of the body’s most important systems.

Cancer therapy: Boron neutron capture agents are used for cancer therapy and in the development of strong enzyme inhibitors. Boron compounds are also used as antibody mimics that can easily identify biologically important saccharides.

Proper Cell Membrane Function: Boron plays an important role in maintaining cellular and organ membrane functions and in stabilizing the hormone receptors so the bodily processes go smoothly.

Prevents Blood Clots: It is believed that boron can influence some of the blood clotting factors in the body. However, mores studies need to be done to authenticate this finding, which would make boron a major ally in the fight against heart disease!

Congestive Heart Failure: Boron can significantly alleviate the difficulties caused by congestive heart failure conditions.

Lowers Plasma Lipid Levels: Boron helps to reduce lipid accumulation and enables the removal of cholesterol through various means, thereby reducing the chances of developing conditions like atherosclerosis and blood clots, and protecting the body against strokes and heart attacks.

BoroninfographicDecreases Fungal Infections: Boron protects the body from a host of parasitic attacks such as Candida Albicans and other nasty fungal infections.

Brain Function and Cognitive Performance: Studies have shown that boron can enhance brain function, eye-hand coordination, short-term memory and the powers of concentration.

Enzyme Inhibitors: Boron might inhibit some harmful enzymes from forming or acting, while simultaneously serving as a co-factor for other beneficial enzymatic reactions.

However, even good things should be consumed in moderation…

Symptoms of boron overdose toxicity would include nausea, vomiting, weakness, and dermatitis. In some cases, skeletal abnormalities are also experienced. Normally, boron is easily absorbed and excreted through the urine. However, in people with kidney problems, boron might accumulate in heart, kidneys, brain and tissues, so be aware of how much you are taking in, particularly if you are using high-concentration supplements.

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  1. jay says:

    This article was very mind opening

  2. Regina says:

    Friend was prescribed Boron by her Naturapath by the following method.
    Dissolve one teaspoon in 1 litre of water as a concentrate. Then take 1 teaspoon of the liquid per day.

  3. mhikl says:

    Walter Last is a retired German/Australian naturopath who explores the purpose and health benefits of boron, found in borax- and no, borax is not a detergent- check boron and Walter Last for great article- detailed. Good for Organic Facts for including this valuable mineral. Mum’s and dad’s make sure you and your children have a small pinch a day (or a big pinch once or twice a week) of this teeth strengthening and bone densifying mineral. Your dentist won’t like it but your bank account and children’s teeth and bones will- few (maybe no) cavities, strong teeth and bones (resistant to breaking). Great for the elderly and their bones and calcium uptake as mentioned by Organic Facts.
    BTW, it would far take less salt to poison you than it would take borax to do you in- cup fuels – so a pinch is not so terrifying compared to the amount of salt we eat. It is a mineral more like calcium and magnesium, very important minerals for good health. Sadly, borax is being banned in Australia and Europe but it can still be found in the ‘detergent’ isles in Canada and the US.

  4. Debra Grossman says:

    Boron supplements have helped my husband and I. My husband's backaches are now entirely gone. I'm so much better but still improving. I was far worse off then my husband. We wondered why our Raw Calcium supplement made by Garden of Life was working, then we realized it was the 3 mg of Boron. We noticed that New Chapter did not have Boron like so many other bone supplements. Then I researched into this mineral and decided to add a 3 mg Boron capsule 3 times a day – I'm now getting 12 mg per day along with a super nutrient diet and exercise. Well, I'm getting better. My need for Ibuprofen is dropping significantly. Last weekend, I hiked in and out of Tonto Natural Bridge with no Ibuprofen and did fine. Wow! Finally, my life is coming back and this painful chronic low back ache is coming to its dead end. I highly recommend Boron and also suggest you try Raw Calcium Vitamin Code by Garden of Life.

  5. Gwen Elisabeth Brown says:

    Boron is found in the soil of S. California (where Borax is mined). So foods grown there are going to be a great source. There is also an article on boron called The Borax Conspiracy that gives instructions on supplementing for different boron deficiencies.

    • mhikl says:

      Yup, good Gwen. A pinch a day or so of good old Borax has certainly livened up my gums (now healthy pink) and my teeth. My bones, too, I suspect. Going on three years and I ain’t dead yet. I have a box of Borax stowed away should the stuff ever be banned as it is in Europe and Australia.

      • Montana Lily says:

        Not banned in Australia sold only in the laundry isle, as stain remover, deodoriser, fabric softener. I use borax for arthritis in my feet and hands I put a couple of pinches in my socks/shoes twice daily (absorption method) it stopped the pain after about two weeks.

      • mhikl says:

        Good to hear, Montana.
        Australians are at the forefront of good nutrition. I wondered about Walter’s suggestion that it was difficult to get in Australia.
        Recently a new dentist, after taking a facial X-ray, kept saying during the examination that I have extremely strong bones. When asked if he meant for my age, I am 64, he replied, “for any age”. I have never had that comment before and I have been a chub for much of my life, and never have been into heavy exercise. Has to be the Borax and possibly Xylitol which I also use for the same reason, to strengthen bones.
        Namaste and care,

    • Info says:

      Along with Cesium-137, Strontium 90 and Iodine-131 thanks to Fukushima.

  6. What is the best brand of Boron to try?

  7. I'm excited about this. I have arthritis in my low back and hoping it will work!

  8. thanx Sheri, I did, and am getting a bottle, do you know which is the safest , free from genetic manipulation, if such is on our market, or does it matter which I pick up?

  9. Sheri Anderson says:

    Check out the benefits of Boron.

  10. can boron be gotten from natural honey.

  11. Michelle Chua says:

    "Remember, even Elixir could turn poisonous in high doses" Thanks for the reminder!

    • Michael walker says:

      I have been on boron for 6 weeks and what it has done for me. I have got a bunion on my right foot and now what a difference.