What is Boron?
Boron is a trace mineral, meaning that it is required as a nutrient in small amounts relative to other minerals such as calcium and potassium. There have been claims that boron helps facilitate the use of these other minerals like calcium, and as such have been purported as a supplement for building bones, brain activity, and for bodybuilders wishing to build muscle mass. Much of boron’s nutritional function remains unknown, however, and studies are being conducted in an attempt to better understand the ways, if any, that boron benefits humans.

What are the health benefits of Boron?
Boron is primarily used for its apparent effect on bones, muscles, and brain function. As such, it is used for treating conditions of bone loss such as osteoporosis, joint stiffness associated with conditions like arthritis, and bone-related pain associated with the lower back. Because it appears to increase estrogen levels, boron is touted as helpful for treating symptoms of menopause. These benefits, however, seem to be mostly limited to those of bone loss as instigated by the onset of menopause. There is little indication that boron is helpful for building muscle mass, despite its popularity in serving this nutritional practice.

What foods are good sources of Boron?
Boron-rich foods include leafy vegetables, apples, peanuts, and beans.

Are there other ways to take Boron?
Boron is available as a dietary supplement in health food stores, online, and in the offices of alternative medical practitioners. It is usually recommended to eat boron-rich foods instead.

Are there any precautions for taking Boron?
Though it is unknown what risks are associated with the long-term intake of boron supplements, the side effects of high dosages include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and headaches. It is recommended that women undergoing hormone therapy use precaution when supplementing their diet with boron.

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