Boron: A health mineral for the human body
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Boron is a trace nutrient found in various fruits and vegetables. It is also the fifth chemical element in traditional medicine that has been widely used to cure boron deficiency, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, vitamin D deficiency, high cholesterol and leukemia. Boron supplements are known to play an active role in the anti-ageing process and in promoting good health and longevity. Boron is helpful in enabling individuals to reach their optimal life expectancy. 

Boron is present in the soil and water and the highest concentration of the mineral is found in the bones of human beings. It was discovered in 1910 as an essential nutrient for plants and in 1985 was declared beneficial for human health as well.

Functions of Boron

Boron plays a critical role in various biochemical processes taking place in the body by increasing the efficiency of various organic compounds such as vitamins, carbohydrates and enzymes. Boron supplements are often recommended for individuals regularly taking an antacid. Magnesium, a key component of antacid tablets and milk of magnesia have the tendency to interfere with Boron absorption in the body. Boron is also beneficial for women using herbs to treat the symptoms of menopause. The intake of Boron supplements increases the effectiveness of phytoestrogens such as beet root, alfalfa, bud rock, kudzu, hops, licorice, pomegranate, saw palmetto, thyne, soy, red clover, yucca, black cohosh etc. It also increases the effects of testosterone, the male hormone in the body.

Benefits of Boron

It is an important trace mineral required by the body for the maintenance of good health and fights a number of diseases.

It is a natural remedy for arthritis and ageing.

As per research, it provides 95% or more relief in arthritis patients by enabling the integration of calcium into the cartilage and bone.

Boron delays the process of ageing by strengthening the bones and preventing them from decay by making them porous.

Boron is helpful in providing relief during menopause. It is required for the production of estrogen, the female hormone and helps reduce hot flushes and increases libido. It raises the level of the natural sex hormones in the body, thereby eliminating the need of HRT or hormone replacement therapy.

It plays a crucial role in various biochemical processes occurring in the body by enhancing the effectiveness of carbohydrates, vitamins, proteins etc.

It protects the body from osteoporosis by maintaining the health of bones.

It enhances the action of various nutrients involved in the development of strong bones such as vitamin D, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous.

It reduces the effect of vitamin D and magnesium deficiencies. When taken in adequate quantity it decreases the amount of calcium and magnesium lost in urine.

Boron has powerful antioxidant properties known to fight the harmful effects of free radicals on the body that are capable of destroying the cell membranes and lead to the development of various diseases such as cancer, bronchitis etc.

It enhances motor skills learning and memory.

It boosts the immune system, thereby reducing the risk of auto immune diseases.

It is used in the treatment of fungal and bacterial infections.

It helps maintain healthy cell membranes for normal cell division and function.

It is used for muscle building due to its capability of increasing the efficiency of testosterone.

Dosage: 

There is no recommended dietary allowance (RDA), for boron but nutritionists suggest an intake of 3 mg per day.

Deficiency of Boron:

A deficiency of the nutrient can impair mental functioning and repress mental alertness. It may lead to problems in the metabolism of calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. Shortage of the mineral can result in increased stress levels in the body.

Dietary Sources of the Mineral:

These include nuts, apples, beans, peaches, apricots, peanut butter, grapes, pears, dates, tomatoes, raisins and wine.

Overdose and toxicity:

It is suggested that you stay below a dose of 10 mg per day while supplementing boron. Higher levels lead to toxicity, although it is rare as the mineral is not stored in the body. Boron toxicity may cause nausea, skin rash, blue green vomiting, hair loss, diarrhea, headache, lethargy, low blood pressure, depression fever, hyperthermia, tremors, irritability, seizure etc.

Before taking any nutritional supplement it is necessary for you to consult a registered medical practitioner in order to determine if the product is required by you or not. You must keep your present medical condition and the body’s requirements in mind before taking any supplements. It is advisable for pregnant and nursing women to take supplements only on the prescription of a doctor.