Boron is said to potentiate estrogen’s role in building bones by helping convert vitamin D into the active form necessary for the absorption of Calcium. Boron is essential to bone metabolism and calcification of bones, and helps prevent osteoporosis, arthritis, and tooth decay. Boron is necessary for cartilage formation and repair; it affects Calcium, Magnesium, and Phosphorus levels. Memory and brain function can be improved with boron.
Boron plays a role in regulating the hormones, especially estrogen, but testosterone as well. A boron deficiency can cause weak and fragile cell walls. Some research shows that boron improves libido. Boron is stored in the parathyroid glands. Some recent studies suggest that a lack of boron may diminish immune function. Boron may also help wound healing, and blood sugar regulation. Some athletes take it to promote better muscle growth, energy metabolism, and hand-eye coordination.
Symptoms of Boron Deficiency
Blood Sugar Irregularity
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Degenerative joint disease
Loss of libido
Sources of Boron in Food
Boron is found in the oceans, rocks, soils and plants. A diet dominated by meat and dairy with very little fruit and vegetables may lead to a deficiency. Effects of a deficiency are more pronounced when complementary nutrients such as vitamin D, are also deficient. Postmenopausal women may have a higher-than-normal rate of boron deficiency. When eating a diet of refined foods, you may be lacking in boron.
Note: These sources depend on how much boron is found in the soil.
Leafy Green Vegetables
Low Sources of Boron