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Boron - Benefits, Deficiency Symptoms And Food Sources

What is Boron?

Boron is an important mineral for the humans. It is very important for the bones of the human body because it absorb and utilize calcium for maintaining bone density. Recently resersher has also found that it may help women prevent postmenopausal osteoporosis, or loss of bone mass. It was discovered in 1910 as an essential element for plants but in 1985 scientific research discovered it was an essential nutrient for humans, too. So boron has very important role in the human body as include healthy bones and proper brain functioning. Boron also appears to be involved in the metabolism of hormones. In particular, it is also found that it is also helps to builds muscle in men. it helps to build muscle because it raises testosterone levels in men.

Boron is said to potentiate estrogen's role in building bones by helping convert vitamin D into the active form necessary for the absorption of calcium. Boron is essential to bone metabolism and calcification of bones. It helps to prevent bone illness like osteoporosis, arthritis, and tooth decay. Boron is necessary for cartilage formation and repair; it affects calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus levels.

Uses and Benefits of Boron

  1. Boron plays a major role in helping to prevent osteoporosis by helping build and maintain healthy bones. It helps reduce the loss of calcium and magnesium in the urine, which is needed to help build strong bones.
  2. Boron also very effective in the metabolism of hormones. In particular, it raises testosterone levels in men whcih is helps to build muscle.
  3. Boron also helps to regulate estrogen levels because by it helps to convert vitamin D into an active state. In human body estrogen, increases calcium absorption, so the ability of boron to affect estrogen levels strengthens its ability to protect bones from disease and fractures.
  4. Some research belives that boron improves libido. Boron is stored in the parathyroid glands.

Deficiency Symptoms of Boron

Common deficiency symptoms of born ares-

  1. Arthritis
  2. Memory loss
  3. Brittle bones
  4. Muscle pain
  5. Carpal Tunnel syndrome
  6. Osteoporosis
  7. Degenerative Joint Disease
  8. Receding gums
  9. Hormonal imbalance
  10. Weak cartilage
  11. Loss of libido

Recommended Daily Allowance

The average need of boron in daily food is approximately 2-3 mg.

Rich Food Sources of Boron

Boron is found in Fruits and vegetables and it especially present in apples, pears, and carrots. Other sources of boron are Soya, prunes, raisins, almonds, rosehips, peanuts, hazelnuts, dates and honey etc.

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