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Boron and the Brain

Small studies have shown that boron may play a role in brain function. The first studies in the 1990s showed promise for human supplementation with boron.

For example, a 1994 study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives found that people who took 3.25 mg of boron based on their diet were better at memory and hand-eye coordination tasks than people with low boron levels.

These encouraging results did not lead to a boron research explosion.

Research work on boron is now mostly limited to those done on laboratory mice. Although researchers know that boron plays a role in many human functions, its status as a minor mineral means that there haven’t been many recent human trials of boron’s benefits in the brain.

Bones and Joints

Boron can possibly help keep your bones strong as well as improve brain function.

It is known that boron plays a role in extending the half-life of vitamin D and estrogen.

Half-life is the time it takes for a substance to decrease to half of its initial amount. Scientists are not entirely sure how boron does this. However, it can be important for bone health in several ways.

First, vitamin D is essential for bone health because it increases your body’s ability to absorb calcium. Calcium is a mineral that keeps bones strong. Boron can help improve bone health by increasing how long vitamin D works in your body.

According to an article in the Open Orthopedics Journal , people with low vitamin D levels are more likely to have low boron levels. This suggests that the two nutrients have a relationship in terms of their presence in the body.

Estrogen is another hormone that plays a role in bone health. It protects against bone loss that can cause osteoporosis. This is a condition that can make bones weak and brittle in both men and women. Boron can help maintain healthy bones by extending the time that estrogen is in the body.

While boron supplements are considered a possible treatment for people with arthritis, more clinical evidence is needed to support this claim.

Are Supplements Safe?

When it comes to taking supplements, too much good can sometimes be a bad thing. Taking large amounts of supplements can make it difficult for your body to filter out the excess it doesn’t need. There is no specific daily dose recommended for boron.

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