Fitness

Boron is a trace element found mostly in the parathyroid glands. It helps you absorb calcium in your bones. Boron's role in the body was only discovered in the 1980's.

Natural Food Sources
Apples, beans, beer, carrots, cider, grains, grapes, leafy vegetables, legumes, nuts, pears, raisons, some drinking water supplies.

Main Functions
Boron helps regulate the levels of calcium in the body, which may help to preserve bone and prevent osteoporosis. It promotes normal growth, development and metabolism.

Deficiency Symptoms
Poor bone development is the main boron deficiency symptom.

Toxicity Symptoms
Toxicity symptoms include nausea, hair loss, skin rash, diarrhea, hypothermia, kidney damage, circulatory problems and shock.

Dietary Reference Intake
There is no Recommended Dietary Allowance or Dietary Reference Intake for this trace element. As a guideline, 2-5 mg per day should be sufficient.