Boron plays a major role in helping to prevent osteoporosis by helping build and maintain healthy bones. It helps reduce the loss of calcium and magnesium in the urine, which is needed to help build strong bones. Boron elevates levels of serum estrogen and ionized calcium (important because women who develop osteoporosis have low levels of these). Boron also helps maintain healthy cell membranes for normal cell function, and facilitates various enzyme reactions for the body. Studies have shown that a deficiency in this mineral may impair mental functioning and depress mental alertness.
Sources of boron
Foods that are good sources of boron include pears, prunes, apples, raisins, and tomatoes.
It is also found in soil and drinking water, particularly in arid climates. Boron is also included in many vitamin and mineral supplements.
Benefits of boron
Boron is also involved in processes that build and repair joints, giving it an important role in the prevention of arthritis.
Boron also helps to prevent tooth decay, again because of its involvement in the metabolism of other essential minerals. Its ability to regulate calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus not only protects bones but also helps to keep teeth strong and healthy.
Boron also appears to be involved in the metabolism of hormones. In particular, it raises testosterone levels in men and helps to build muscle. Boron also helps to regulate estrogen levels because by helping to convert vitamin D to an active state. Estrogen, in turn, increases calcium absorption, so the ability of boron to affect estrogen levels strengthens its ability to protect bones from disease and fractures.
It helps to build and maintain healthy bones.
It also helps to prevent bone thinning leading to osteoporosis.
It enhances maintenance of healthy cell membranes.
It also helps to maintain proper mental functioning and alertness.
It elevates levels of serum estrogen and ionized calcium.
It inhibits the development of osteoporosis.
Helps retain adequate amounts of calcium and magnesium to prevent bone demineralization.
Boron also affects memory and brain function, and it keeps cell walls strong so that proper transfer of nutrients can occur throughout the body.
Deficiency symptoms of boron
Because of its involvement in so many processes in the body, boron deficiency can result in a variety of health problems.
Signs of boron deficiency may include problems with bone health, depression, decreased ability to handle stress, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, joint problems, hormonal imbalance, muscle pain or weakness, memory problems, tooth decay, and receding gums.
Symptoms of high intake
Symptoms of boron toxicity include rash, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and circulatory problems. In extreme cases, boron toxicity can result in shock followed by coma.
While there is no specific recommended daily amount of boron, adequate intake of the mineral is important.
It is generally believed that no more than 3 mg of boron per day are needed by the body to maintain health. It should also be noted that boron is potentially toxic in doses greater than 100 mg.