Boron The Neglected Trace Mineral

author avatar Dr. Eric Berg 08/31/2023

If you’re missing out on a daily dose of boron, this article should convince you to take it religiously.

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Boron and the Massive Health Benefits You Can Get from It

The Health Benefits of Boron

Boron is one of the most underused trace minerals but I think it's so important to human health.

What are Trace Minerals? These are the minerals the cells need in smaller concentrations. A deficiency in them, though, can still have negative effects to the body.
It's great for building bone. It also supports the ratios of calcium and magnesium in the muscle and in the bones. 

If you have a lot of muscle spasm or tightness, boron will allow these minerals to work better in the body.  

Boron also reduces the incidence of inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, osteoarthritis, bursitis, tendonitis—all the -itises.  It can increase testosterone levels and estrogen in postmenopausal women. It has anti-cancer effects as well. It can prevent osteoporosis (we talked about that right here), and it's good for hyperthyroidism.

How Does Boron Deficiency Happen?

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Boron is a trace mineral. If the trace mineral is not in the soil, then it's not going to be in the plants. It's not going to be in the food either. It's going to show up as a deficiency in our bodily systems. 

I really believe most people are deficient in trace minerals because the soils where the food we eat grow are so depleted. When farmers work on land, they don't always put trace minerals - boron, especially - back into the soil. They may put in three or four minerals, but they're not putting all the minerals back in there.

Unless you're growing food on fertile soils, chances are trace minerals like boron are not going to be in there. 

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How to Increase Your Boron Intake

When it comes to supplementation, you're going to get a small amount of boron in almonds, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, and walnuts. Just make sure if you're going to consume these nuts, they have to be either roasted or germinated.

There are certain types of factors in here like phytic acid that will prevent the absorption of minerals and trace minerals. 

If you consume them raw, chances are you're not going to get any boron. If you're going to take boron, you should try to take a product that has all the trace minerals with it. Anytime you take one mineral of anything without the other minerals, it can create a problem in the long term.


Boron’s role in health is significant, so ensure you don’t miss your daily intake. You can eat those foods high in the mineral or opt for a boron supplement.

Have you been taking boron? What health benefits did you get from it? Share your experiences below!

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