What does boron do for the body?
Boron is a trace mineral that affects hormone and enzyme metabolism, immune function, bone formation, brain function and other systems in the body.
Boron is a trace mineral found in many foods and in the environment. It is also available as a dietary supplement. It is called an ultra-trace mineral, which means it is required in very minute quantities in the diet.
Boron doesn’t come under the category of essential nutrients for humans because there isn’t any clear evidence regarding the biological function of boron. However, it does have some beneficial effects on body functions such as it
- Beneficially impacts the body’s use of estrogen, testosterone and vitamin D.
- Plays a role in stronger bone formation.
- Plays a role in stronger memory and a healthier brain.
- Increases levels of antioxidant enzymes such as superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase and glutathione peroxidase.
- Plays a role in insulin and energy substrate metabolism.
- Acts as an immune booster.
- Maintains the optimal function of steroid hormones.
- Plays a possible role in treating erectile dysfunction in men.
Taking oral boron supplements by mouth prevents boron deficiency.
There is insufficient evidence to prove that boron is beneficial in the following conditions
- Osteoarthritis: Few clinical studies in humans have suggested that boron is beneficial in reducing the symptoms of osteoarthritis. Boron manages osteoarthritis by possibly reducing inflammation. Additional studies are required to prove the same.
- Osteoporosis: Some of the early research suggests that daily oral intake of boron doesn’t increase bone mass density in postpartum women.
- Increasing testosterone levels in men
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