What is Boron?
Boron is a trace mineral and micronutrient that is widely recognized as playing a vital role in many organic processes necessary for plant, animal, and human health.
Boron can be found on the periodic table of elements with the symbol B and atomic number of 5.
It is speculated that all of the available Boron on the planet earth was actually created entirely by comic ray spallation and the supernova’s of stars early on in the universe’s existence. Meaning Boron comes from space—not earth.
What Are The Health Benefits Of Boron?
Over the years Boron has proven itself as a vitally important mineral and micronutrient that helps to heal and boost a wide variety of bodily functions in humans.
It is essential for the proper growth and maintenance of bone around the body. It does this by playing an important role in osteogenesis, helping to keep bones strong and regenerative, preventing overt calcium loss and bone demineralization from occurring.
Boron has also been shown to significantly improve wound healing. Doctors have noted that applying boric acid to deep wounds has reduced healing times by as much as 66%. This happens because boron helps to boost the activity of fibroblasts, which are responsible for rapid healing of wounds on the body.
In both females and males, boron supplementation has been linked with a healthy increase in sex hormones for each respective gender.
In a 1 week long study involving healthy adult males, a significant increase in free testosterone was reported alongside a significant decrease in E2 (estradiol) by simply taking 6 mg of boron daily. This significant decrease in E2 levels and increase in free testosterone suggest that boron may be responsible for a higher conversion of total testosterone to free testosterone via the testosterone metabolic pathway.
It was also reported in that study that all of the inflammatory biomarkers that were measured also decreased following the increase in testosterone & reduction of estrogen.
Not only does boron work very synergistically with Vitamin D, it is reported that daily supplementation of boron helps to improve the efficacy of vitamin D in the body, helping to reduce the risk of falling victim to a vitamin D deficiency.
What Does Boron Do?
- Promotes healthy & strong bones
- Improves wound healing & recovery
- Boosts free testosterone levels
- Decreases estrogen levels
- Decreases inflammation in the body
- Boosts vitamin D efficacy
How Much Boron Should You Take?
Taken as a dietary supplement it is recommended that you take anywhere between 3 mg – 10 mg per day to experience the best benefits.
Do not take more than 20 mg of Boron per day.
20 mg of Boron is generally recognized as the tolerable upper limit of intake per day.
What Are The Side Effects Of Boron Supplementation?
As one of the most important minerals for all organic life, negative side effects of proper daily boron supplementation are nearly nonexistent.
It is possible to consume too much boron however, which could lead to some toxic effects. It has been reported, although never verified, that megadoses of Boron such as 15-20g in 1 day could cause death in human adults.