Boron is a trace mineral found in plants and is essential for human health. Recent research suggests that Boron added to the diets of post-menopausal women prevented Calcium loos and bone demineralization, a major discovery for suffers of osteoporosis. It is also claimed that in men it will raise testosterone levels and help build muscle.
Boron is found in most fruit and vegetables but is not present in meat products and therefore it is possible that meat eaters who eat a restricted fruit or vegetable diet could have a deficiency of this mineral.
A deficiency of Boron may be indicated by the following:
- Growth retardation
- Poor metabolism of Calcium, Magnesium and Phosphorus
A supplement of 3mg a day is often used to prevent osteoporosis.
Excessive intake of Boron can be toxic the effects of which can include a red rash, vomiting, diarrhea, reduced circulation, shock and then coma. A fatal dose is 15-20g in adults and 3-6g in children. Symptoms start to appear at doses of above 100mg. Given the recommended daily supplement is only 3mg then these toxicity levels are substantial higher.