15 Surprising Benefits of Boron

by Meenakshi Nagdeve 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.

Symptoms of Boron Deficiency

Although all of the deficiency symptoms of boron are not fully understood, it is known that this deficiency might result in the following:

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:

Relieves Menstrual Pain

According to MedlinePlus, boron may help reduce the severity of menstrual pain. Oral consumption of boron was found to be effective against menstrual bleeding and associated symptoms.

Wound Healing

According to an article published in Integr Med (Encinitas) boron also helps in speeding up the healing process. Boron facilitates the enzyme activity required for wound healing and repair.

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 helps in enhancing 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

A 2006 animal study suggests that boron supplementation may help provide relief against osteoporosis. Another study supports the beneficial effects of boron on bone health. However, more scientific studies are required to support the benefit of boron for healthy bones.

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 may aid in minimizing the risks of osteoporosis and arthritis. It may further support the metabolism of minerals that are involved in bone development such as calcium, magnesium, and copper. Also, it affects various hormones, including estrogen and testosterone, which are also related to the overall health of the bones.

Absorption of Magnesium

Research suggests that boron helps promote the absorption of magnesium. It further helps improve the magnesium deposition on bone. This also helps in ensuring healthy bones.

Sex Hormone Balance

Boron may help 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.

Anticancer Potential

Intake of foods rich in boron may help protect against cancer such as lung cancer. According to a 2004 study boric acid has been found to be effective against prostate cancer cell proliferation in humans. More studies are required to support the anticarcinogenic effects of boron.

Boric acid may help provide relief against side effects of various chemotherapeutic agents.

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

Some animal and human studies support the anti-inflammatory effects of boron on arthritis. Early research also suggests that boron may help reduce the severity of inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.

However, further research is required to support the benefit.

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.

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Reduces Fungal Infections

According to MedlinePlus boron may protect against vaginal infections including yeast infections such as Candida albicans and other fungal infections. Another study suggests that boric acid has the potential to protect against infections. However, more studies are required to support the benefit.

Prevents Heart Failure

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

Improves Cognition

A study suggests that boron is an essential mineral and may aid in enhancing 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.

List of Boron-Rich Foods

Some of the best boron-rich foods include the following:

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

Meenakshi Nagdeve is a health and wellness enthusiast and started working on Organic Facts since 2012 and is currently responsible for managing it. She follows naturopathy and believes in healing with foods. She is currently pursuing Nutrition And Healthy Living Cornell Certificate Program, Cornell University. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Bangalore and B. Tech in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from IIT Bombay. Prior to this, she worked for a few years in IT and Financial services. In her free time, she loves to travel and taste different types of teas.

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