The First time I heard about Boron was in my Chemistry class. Other than finding the element’s position on the Periodic Table, I don’t remember spending much more time on it.
However, after a lot of research into gifts that Mother Nature has given us to cure and prevent diseases, Boron piqued my interest – and this time, I spent much more time investigating the element.
Boron is an important trace mineral naturally present in the environment and in certain foods. It is often underutilized despite its numerous benefits.
Boron has the ability to increase bone density, keeping the skeletal structure strong and preventing osteoporosis, improving strength and muscle mass and treating conditions such as arthritis.
It is commonly used by bodybuilders and athletes because of its ability to produce and use testosterone, making it perfect for preventing aches and pains, building muscle mass, keeping bones strong and preventing aches. It has also been linked to improved brain function.
Where can you find Boron?
Boron can be naturally found in several whole foods including nuts, beans, whole grains, avocados as well as fruits such as plums, oranges, berries, and grapes. In some degree. It can also be found in water in very small quantities, though most of its intake is through our diet. The form in which we ingest Boron is primarily as boric acid which is naturally present only in plants.
Although research into the element is fairly limited, its benefits have been realized. Researchers have yet to find out the exact way in which Boron works in both plants and humans. However, its ability to increase estrogen levels in both women and men can be seen in its anti-aging properties.
How much Boron should we take?
The recommended daily intake of Boron is still unknown but you can make sure that you are getting enough of it by eating a varied diet filled with real, whole food sources. Most people are able to meet their Boron requirements by eating apples, beans, potatoes and drinking coffee and milk.
However, coffee and milk aren’t the best sources of boron as they are lower in content as compared to fruits and vegetables but because the American diet is largely composed of these, they can be considered as well.
As much as a minimum recommended daily intake of Boron has not yet been established, the USDA has, however, come up with an upper limit, which is the amount which many people consume to maintain their health without experiencing any signs of toxicity or deficiency. For children, this ranges from 3-11 mg/day while in adults, this figure is about 20 mg/day, with a slightly lower value for pregnant women.
What are the health benefits of Boron?
- Increased brain function and concentration – Research shows that a diet with very low levels of Boron can contribute to a sluggish brain, trouble retaining information and learning and poor cognitive development
- Arthritis reversal – Boron works by integrating calcium into the joint’s cartilage, helping deterioration and arthritis pain. People with low synovial fluid and Boron concentrations experience higher rates of arthritis than those with higher Boron levels.
- Bone-strengthening – Boron does this by regulating estrogen function and facilitating calcium which is the mineral involved in bone mineralization, preventing the development of weak and porous bones.
- Hormone balancing – Boron helps in relieving menopause symptoms and PMS as well as increasing fertility. Some studies show that it can also play a role in healthy reproduction and development of a fetus.
- Preventing and treating yeast infections – Boron is an active ingredient in medications used to treat yeast infections. Boric acid is also safe and effective when inserted into the vagina to speed up healing of yeast infections.
- Fighting diabetes – Boron helps with the metabolism of carbohydrates as well as the production of insulin thereby controlling blood sugar levels.