15 Surprising Benefits of Boron

Boron is a vital trace mineral that benefits the normal growth and health of the body. Many dangerous conditions like arthritis and osteoporosis are naturally managed and it helps to reduce menopausal symptoms as well. It is believed that it 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, hazelnuts, currants, peanut butter, red kidney beans, tomato, lentils, olive, onion, potato wine, and beer are also notable sources of this essential mineral.

Deficiency Symptoms of Boron

Although all of the deficiency symptoms of boron are not fully understood, it is known that this 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.

Health Benefits of Boron

This trace mineral is crucial to include it in the daily diet to ensure a healthy and disease-free life. Some of its benefits include the following:

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.

Boron rich Avocado

Enhances Testosterone Levels

Boron is able to enhance the testosterone level in males; this quality is increasingly taken advantage of by male bodybuilders and athletes. Although some weightlifters prefer to take its supplements to enhance their testosterone levels, there has been no concrete evidence or explanation of the mechanism by which it helps to make them any more successful.

Boosts Bone Health

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

Improves 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. It increases the level of natural sex hormones in the body, thereby reducing the need for hormone replacement therapy or other pharmaceutical solutions.

Promotes Embryonic Development

Boron appears to be essential for reproduction and the development of the fetus, although not much information is available on this property, the 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 the mineral level remains 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. Its compounds are also used as antibody mimics that can easily identify biologically important saccharides.

Proper Cell Membrane Function

It plays an important role in maintaining cellular and organ membrane functions and in stabilizing the hormone receptors so the bodily processes go smoothly.

Reduces Severity of Arthritis

Boron greatly reduces the allergenic and inflammatory conditions that are typically associated with rheumatoid arthritis.

Prevents Blood Clots

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

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.

BoroninfographicReduces Fungal Infections

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

Prevents Heart Failure

Boron can significantly alleviate the difficulties caused by congestive heart failure conditions.

Enhances Cognition

Studies have shown that boron can enhance brain function, eye-hand coordination, short-term memory and concentration power.

Inhibits Harmful Enzymes

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

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

However, even good things should be consumed in moderation!

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In the search of an alternatieve treatment of athritis I found many artikels about Borax.
It was possiple to buy it online in the Netherlands.
6 mg on 1 liter, I made the concentrate.

Knowing it was some more than suggested I took
1 day a tee spoon
2 day 3 tee spoons
3 day I tried 2

Positive
The pain in my shoulder was 40% les
The nevel, mist, a sticky film in my eyes disappeared the first day.
My back felt very free.
More energy

Negative or Herzheimer reaction, I don't know
They said, that you first can have a negative reaction, which is positive,
As a result, that calcium comes free and streem through your blood system.
Whatever
What I felt first, day 2/3 after tree times the dosis, was Tingling sensation through my body.
In the night I was so awake, I have had to make a night walk to balance the energy and sensation. it felt like my nervous system was overreacting. But the same time with a feeling, that something feels free streaming .

Since I dealt with the unknown, I was somehow scared. We can get scared when we are not secure about something. But the same time I felt a cleaning up and happiness.
Somebody wrote here, that the temperature went down, I don't know about this,
But is it possible, that the blood pressure is going down ?
I recognized a little numbness in the tips of my fingers.

Over me
I have a tendency more to low bloedpresure than to high.
I take periodic iron to create more red bloed cells, for the transport of oxygen .

After this 3 days I stopped for a week or 10 days.
And than it felt good to start again
Since 8 days I take a tee spoon 2 days, one day of, 1 day a day off
Somehow Intuitive it feels for me the right thing to do.
No side effects since than.

Clear eye side
No back pains
More energy
Feel that my hormones are activated, I am over 50
It feel, that it is good for me.

I like the slowly, save way

I have RA and have done a lot of reading on borax deficiency. I had a urine test for boron done but my dr says he has no idea about how to read it. I have bought a tub of borax marked poison in the laundry aisle in the supermarket but have no idea how much to take. Does anyone know how to read these tests?

Do not take borax, take a boron supplement, the active ingredient in borax but not a oxidizing agent that borax is.

I take the borax from laundry detergent my RA ,arthritis is gone...I put 1 tablespoon in 1 qt water. But have to dissolve the borax,it's like sugar won't break down in cold water. So I take the tablespoon with a little hot water then rest cold water. Like making kool-aid. Been doing it for 6 months now.

Eugenia Jean Pryor Vlahos

For one. You need Boron which you can buy in a supplemental form. 3 mg. should be enough. Borax will undoubtedly make you very sick, but it will clean your clothes. They are not the same chemical preparation.

Sodium borate, sodium tetraborate, or disodium tetraborate is the same whether you purchase it as a supplement or laundry detergent booster as long as it doesn't contain other ingredients. I suspect the supplement form only takes out of the big box and repackages it and charges more money.

Your doctor doesn't know how to read them?? lol, so typical isn't it?
Perhaps it's time to change doctors!?
Why not try eating chia seeds? These little suckers are packed with goodness and they contain boron.

I tried borax-it did not agree with me.Even at 1/4 teaspoon to 1 liter of water drinking all through the day.My temperature went down to around 94.Scared me.

why don't you buy boron in tablets of 3mg each

OMG! You don't drink it all day! A tablespoon will be enough.

That's to much

I saw on some sides, that people take 1/4 teaspoon of borax, while a full teaspoon from 5 g on a liter creates the concentration. And from there take a teaspoon.
I am happy, I never tried this. One teaspoon of the concentrate feel perfect to me. No side effects and I even sometimes jump a day over.
Thank you for sharing, what it does to you.

Boron is even in alternative medicine , my girl friend said.
It is also a sour- base ph balance and more

Another easy way to absorb Boron is to add 1/4 cup of borax (or less) to your bath water. Your body will absorb it thru your skin and use it as needed. If you do this you may find that you have some aches afterwards as your body clears out toxins and starts repairing. Absorbing minerals thru the skin is my preferred method because my body can take what it needs as it needs it. Laundry aisle Borax is fine. I use it and also add a pinch to my pet's water.

It's boron

Hi Amanda.
Mix one table spoon into a litre of water. Then drink about the same (one table spoon) a day. To avoid overdosing, slowly increase the amount you drink until you start noticing the benefits. Just be aware if you have kidney problems. As far as reading the test goes, in all likelihood he doesn't know what are the apropriate levels. Get yourself a copy and we can go from there...

She said a tablespoon per day of the diluted solution, not of the borax.

Bluismycat, thank you for your reply. My test results read as follows
Ur Creatinine 9.5 mmol/L
Boron/Creat Ratio 16 umol/mmol cr

It was a urine sample test. Do you have any idea about reading this? I have tried googling what levels should be but to no avail. Also I have recently seen someone post a picture of boron tablets which I have never seen and wondered if it is the same. I'm just reluctant to take it in case I am taking too much and also the way it is labeled poison not to be taken.

Do not take that much. One tablespoon borax per liter may not cause permanent harm, but you will be miserable short term. That dose is unneedeely high. The standard amount is 1/4 teaspoon per liter for men & 1/8 teaspoon oer liter for women, sipped over the course of the day.

Taking a huge amount will result in massive die off then, which will create a toxic necrotic mess inside your body, that will quickly overwhelm natural detox processes--which means you"ll be miserable.

The benefit of boron is that all the fungus and unwelcome critters is kills do not develop resistance to borax toxicity. So it is still effective to use less and allow the die off to occur at a slower rate, that your body can handle.

sleeping_sheople†††

If you ever get strong die off zeolites helped me and completely adsorbed all the toxins and chemicals released during die off its amazing EDTA is also effective

Have you done this, a 1/8 teaspoon of borax ?
I made a concentrate of 6 g on a liter and from there 1 teaspoon a day.
When I took 2/3 teaspoons over 3 days, I already found the reaction to strong ?

6 g/liter is 6 mg / ml Dailey consumption should not exceed 20 mg. Use a measuring type teaspoon take 1/2 tsp per day which equals 2.5 ml. This should be safe.

So do you start with this and then increase?

Thanks for the clarification Dawn, I thought that was a lot after doing some more research. I have found vitamin d tablets containing 1mg boron and am taking 2 of those daily, after trying to find out what we need and no-one being able to work out how much I have by my test results I came to the conclusion 2mg daily was a safe dose and hope for the best.

Amanda, I googled 'normal boron/creat levels' and found a site with this info.
The number on the bottom "Boron 6.1 - 85.2" looks like you are ok with your numbers.

Test name: Boron
Creatinine
Male: 8.6 - 19.4
Female: 6.3 - 13.4
Units: mmol/d CF: mg/d x 0.00884
Boron
0.50 - 7.00
Units: mg/L
Boron
0.074 - 0.970
Units: mmol/d
Boron
6.1 - 85.2
Units: mmol/mol Cr

A relative of mine had trouble with warts on her fingers for years. She had a doctor freeze them and that made it worse. She had more warts to deal with. Then she had a dermatologist inject her fingers with medicine that carried a type of fungus serum. And all that did was make the sensitivity of her fingers worse. After discovering the health benefits of boron she saw a change in her hands. The warts changed color and size. Within a few weeks her warts disappeared completely. The agony of wearing band aids for years was over with. Boron works.

This article was very mind opening

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.

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.

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.

But, here we are in 2016, and it's as easy to get as you'd like, in Europe and the UK, but you have to know what to look for.

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.

Gwen Elisabeth Brown

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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,

mhikl

Why do you use Xylitol?

What is the best brand of Boron to try?

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

Rodney Jardina

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?

Check out the benefits of Boron.

Daniel Okoro Aniezi

can boron be gotten from natural honey.

heather copeland

Yes, pasteurized honey would have it's boron compromised.

I think bee pollen would be a good choice.

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

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.

I got a Glas of Acidic Boron in our Pharmacy in town , so can I use that ,mixing a spoon full with a litre of water and take a spoonfull every day ? The lady in the store looked at me like Im crazy when I asked her how much I should take a day and pointed out that it says not for ingestion on the label

it might not be for ingestion many procressed products are not safe for oral consumption. Just try non pasteurized real beehoney (pasteurized is venom) mixed with non pasteurized apple cider vinegar and chia seeds. Baam lots of it