Boron

What is it?

Boron is a trace mineral found mainly in the bones but also in the thyroid and parathyroid glands. It helps to reduce the loss of calcium in the urine and so can often be found in combination with calcium in supplements.

Function How it helps
Female hormone health

Influences the activity of oestrogen and is beneficial for calcium levels.

Bone health Thought to be instrumental in the conversion of cholecalciferol into Vitamin D, which is needed for calcium to be absorbed.
Joint health Studies indicate that it can help arthritis in the joints.

 

What is it used for?
rheumatoid arthritis

osteoarthritis

Juvenile arthritis

menopause symptoms

osteoporosis

skeletal health

fractures

 

Best food sources
Leafy green vegetables Whole grains Fruit
Nuts Dates Raisins
Prunes Soya

 

Deficiency Symptoms

Excess excretion of calcium and magnesium

Lack of mental alertness

Testosterone deficiency

Osteoporosis

Oestrogen deficiency

Supplementation dosage range

1 – 9mg daily

 

Cautions

  • Doses exceeding 100mg per day may cause side effects such as dermatitis, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting and fatigue.

  • Very high doses may cause an increased excretion of vitamin B2.

  • Some studies have indicated that boron may increase the bodys own oestrogen. It is therefore best to avoid supplementing it if you take HRT or high dose oestrogen contraceptives.

 

 

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