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Most people don't get enough Boron. Found in trace levels in plants, but depleted in most agricultural soils. There is no Boron in meat.


Boron is essential in the diet. Boron supplements can cure arthritis. Boron added to the diets of post menopausal women has prevented bone loss - a major breakthrough for osteoporosis sufferers.

Deficiency Symptoms

Growth retardation, due to Boron being associated with Calcium, Magnesium and Phosphorous metabolism.

At a Glance...

Cures arthritis, prevents osteoporosis, helps build muscles.

Functions Dosage Toxicity Further Information What you need to eat
In men Boron boosts testosterone levels, building muscle, therefore it is sometimes taken as a supplement in bodybuilding.
RDA is 3 milligrammes (mg) but overdosing is dangerous.
Toxic effects include vomiting, diarrhoea, shock and coma. A fatal dose is 15 to 20g in adults; 3 to 6g in children. Toxic symptoms usually appear at about 100mg.
It has recently been found that spa centres famous for curing arthritis have a high Boron content in the water, acting as a 'miracle cure'. You should notice beneficial effects within 4 to 6 weeks of taking a supplement.
Fruit and vegetables contain Boron, but most modern agriculture has depleted it from the soil, so even with fresh vegetables you may not be getting enough. If you have arthritis you can be sure you need a supplement of Boron.


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