Boron is a trace mineral the importance of which has for long not been recognized. Boron is important primarily for one purpose: to assure proper calcium absorption. It has long been known that sufficient calcium intake alone is not sufficient protection. Boron helps to prevent the loss of calcium, phosphorus and magnesium through the urine. It also helps to maintain proper blood levels of estradiol which is a precursor of estrogen.
Humans can be exposed to boron through fruit and vegetables, water, air and consumer products. Boron can also be obtained with the use of supplements. Most people do not have a Boron deficiency; however, being deficient accentuates vitamin D deficiency.
Boron increases brain function, promotes alertness, and helps the body utilize energy from fats and sugars. Boron supplementation can help prevent postmenopausal osteoporosis and build muscle, and is a benefit for elderly people to aid in calcium absorption. For elderly people, the standard dosage is 2 to 3mg daily, and for anyone taking Boron supplements, the dose should not exceed 3 to 6 mg unless prescribed by a physician.
When humans consume excessive amounts of boron-containing food, the boron concentrations in their bodies may rise to levels that can cause health problems. Boron can infect the stomach, liver, kidneys and brains and can eventually lead to death.
When exposure to small amounts of boron takes place irritation of the nose, throat or eyes may occur.
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