Boron is a non-metallic element. Most of the intake of boron through the diet is absorbed from the intestine. It is excreted in the urine. Boron seems to prevent calcium and magnesium from being lost in the urine and may help with decreasing menstrual pain by increasing the oestradiol level, which is a very active type of estrogen.
Food Sources of Boron
Prunes, dates, raisins and honey, nuts, fresh fruit such as grapes and pears, green leafy vegetables and beans are good sources or Boron.
Benefits and Functions of Boron
Boron helps to regulate the body's use of calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium. During experiments at Rutger's University, it was discovered that the main task of this mineral was to control cell growth.
It enhances brain function, promotes alertness, and plays a role in how the body utilizes energy from fats and sugars. Most people are not deficient in boron. Memory and brain function can be improved with boron.
It thus helps to prevent abnormalities in growth.
Taking 6 mg or less of boron supplements a day is unlikely to cause any harm.
What are the deficiency symptoms of Boron?
A shortage of Boron might negatively influence the balance of calcium, magnesium and phosphorus resulting in bone loss, and increasing the risk of arthritis and elevated blood pressure.
Overdosage Signs of Boron
Taking high doses of boron for long periods of time may reduce fertility in men.
Ingesting Boron-containing preparations have resulted in dryness of the skin and digestive upsets, but low dose supplements have shown no toxic effect yet.