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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    • Michael walker

      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.

      • Franz

        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

    • heather copeland

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

    • mhikl

      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

        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.

      • http://gravatar.com/mhikl mhikl

        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

    • mhikl

      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.

    • Info

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

  • mhikl

    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.

  • mhikl

    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.

  • Regina

    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.

  • jay

    This article was very mind opening

  • Joybell

    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.

  • Amanda

    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?

    • Bluismycat

      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…

      • Amanda

        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.

      • Dawn

        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.

      • Amanda

        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.

      • Cammi

        So do you start with this and then increase?

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