Boron is a chemical element with the atomic number 5. Studies show that boron must be added to the list with essential minerals. Boron is responsible for keeping the calcium levels in the body the balanced and also involved in the metabolism of calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. It is responsible for the structure and maintenance of strong bones reducing the chance of developing arthritis and osteoporosis and may help to ease arthritis symptoms. It is also beneficial for regulating hormones, hence reducing symptoms of menopause, psoriasis and rosacea, prevents blood clots and has antibacterial and antifungal properties. It can raise the testosterone
levels in men and help to build up muscles and also plays a very important role in checking growth of germs in the mouth as well promoting the health of bones and teeth.
Boron deficiency can cause growth arrests and an imbalance of calcium, magnesium and phosphorus and increased effect of stress on the body and can contribute to arthritis and osteoporosis.
To gain sufficient boron from plants and vegetables they have to be
grown in boron rich soil.
Supplements of boron should not be taken as toxicity can be harmful. Symptoms of
toxicity are: red rash,
decreased blood circulation and shock followed by coma. Symptoms
occur at doses of approximately 100 milligram. A dose of 15 to 20
grams is fatal for adults and for children three to six grams is fatal.
Natural sources of boron
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