Boron supplements are ideal for those who have a boron deficiency. They are also commonly used to treat vaginal yeast infections such as thrush because of boron's antibacterial properties. Boron is used to treat brittle bone conditions such as osteoporosis, as well as menstrual cramps. Between 1870 and 1920, boron was well known as a food preservative, especially during World Wars I and II. Taken in supplement form, boron can boost the way the body processes minerals like magnesium and calcium, and can also increase estrogen production in post-menopausal women.
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All you need to know about Boron
What is boron good for?
Boron has been proven in studies to be very effective in women who struggle with painful periods (dysmenorrhea), with some reporting a noticeable improvement in symptoms when taking 10mg daily. Boric acid can also kill yeast infections that may occur in women. It has been suggested that boron is effective at tackling pain associated with arthritis and osteoporosis, and can also improve memory and brain function in older adults.
What are the side effects of boron?
If you take more than 20mg of boron per day in supplement form, this could be harmful. Doses over this amount could affect fertility, and very large quantities can cause poisoning. Always consult your GP before taking boron supplements. Signs of boron poisoning include shaking, being sick, skin peeling, irritability and low mood, depression, fatigue and an upset stomach. If boron acid is used inside the vagina to treat yeast infections, a burning sensation may occur.
Which foods are naturally high in boron?
You can get all the boron you need through a healthy and well-balanced diet that includes leafy greens like spinach and kale. Boron can also be found in raisins, prunes, grains, nuts and non-citrus fruits. Foods that are particularly high in boron include dried beans, milk, potatoes, apples and coffee.
How long does it take for boron to work?
How long it takes for a boron supplement to work will vary from person to person, depending on the amounts they are taking. If you are taking boron supplements daily, you should start to notice a change after 1-2 weeks. Always consult your doctor for advice on how long you should take boron for.