15 Surprising Benefits of Boron

by Kiran Patil last updated -

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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 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 as it effectively increased calcium integration into the cartilage and bones. 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.

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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 are also related to the overall health of the 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 important systems.

Treats Cancer

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 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 stroke and heart attack.

Reduces Fungal Infections

Boron protects the body from a host of parasitic attacks such as Candida albicans and other 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!

About the Author

Kiran Patil is the founder of Organic Facts. He has a keen interest in health, nutrition, and organic living. He completed his B.Tech and M. Tech (Chemical Engineering) from IIT Bombay and has been actively writing about health and nutrition since over past 12 years. When not working he likes to trek and do gardening.

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