Boron

Important bone mineral • Testosterone and estrogen normalizer

 
Minerals


Boron

Our 1st nutrient mineral (in alphabetical order). Boron is a trace Mineral (ie. our bodies only require a very small amount of this mineral). Chemical symbol: B. Its essentiality for human health has been proven only since the 1980s. There is strong evidence it plays a role as a cofactor for the hormones involved in mineral uptake into bone matrix structure. It helps to maintain normal levels of testosterone and estrogen. Found mostly in foods of plant origin (fruits and vegetables). Does not appear in meat or meat products.

Functions/Benefits
• Prevents bone demineralization.
• Prevents calcium loss from urine in post-menopausal women.
• Prevents post-menopausal osteoporosis.
• Reduces symptoms of arthritis.
• Raises testosterone levels and builds muscles in men.

Deficiency Symptoms
• Growth retardation.
• Osteoporosis.
• Increased effects of stress on the body.
• Insomnia.
• Muscle cramps.
• Bone pain.
• Backache.
• PMS and menstrual cramps.

Natural sources
Most fruits (apples, pears, prunes, raisins, tomatoes) and vegetables. Dairy products. Sardines and salmon.


US RDA: no official figures
EU RDA: no official figures
Since boron is a trace mineral. Only a very small amount is required. A daily intake of 3mg has been recommended for osteoporosis prevention. By taking a good balanced diet with fruits and vegetables, you should already be getting between 1.5 to 3 mg of boron daily.

Always consult a professional medical practitioner before taking any supplements.


Toxicity

Highly toxic. Fatal over 15-20g (adults) or 3-6g (children).
Toxic effects include: Red rash. Nausea. Vomiting. Diarrhea. Kidney damage. Reduced circulation. Shock, and then coma.

   

 

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