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The Bone-Boosting Benefits of Boron

Boron isn’t a nutrient you hear a lot about. But it’s vitally important to bone health.

Boron is a trace mineral. It’s role in bone support started to come into focus with research only in the early ’80s. Scientists discovered it helps prevent calcium loss.[1]

A study published in FASEB Journal looked at menopausal women. Menopause is linked with increased risk of osteoporosis. The Researchers gave the subjects 3 mg of boron daily.

Half of the women ate a low-magnesium diet. The other half got adequate magnesium. Magnesium is necessary for the absorption of calcium.

Boron prevented calcium loss in the low-magnesium group. It inhibited the excretion of calcium and magnesium.[2]

Research published in the Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology looked at boron-deficient rats. The scientists found the animals’ bones:

  • Were weaker and broke more easily.


  • Were lower in density.


  • Lost volume in the bones’ spongy inner layer.

After researchers gave the rats boron and fish oil, the rodents’ bones became stronger and denser.[3]

A study published in Archives of Oral Biology looked at boron deficiency in mice. The animals had a 63% reduction in osteoblasts (cells that build bone) compared to mice fed adequate amounts of boron. Lack of boron led to “inhibition of bone formation.”[4]

Besides better bone health, researchers have found that boron has another important benefit. It fights cancer:

  • A study at the University of Texas MD Anderson looked at women on hormone replacement therapy. Researchers found that boron lowered their risk of lung cancer.[5]


  • Research published in the journal Toxicologic Pathology looked at cancerous mice. After ingesting boron, the rodents’ tumors shrank as much as 38%.[6]


  • A study in the journal Cancer Letters exposed human prostate cells to boron. The mineral stopped the cancer from growing.[7]

A human study supported these findings. Researchers compared the boron intake of men with prostate cancer and men without the disease. The data showed a dose-dependent relationship between boron and lower prostate cancer risk. The higher the men’s boron intake, the less likely they were to have prostate cancer.[8]

It’s hard to get a dependable amount of boron from food. Vegetables absorb it from the soil, and boron content in soil varies widely. So supplements are the way to go. Scientists recommend 3 to 6 mg a day.

Boron is sold online and at health food stores.

Do your bones a favor—while protecting yourself from cancer—by taking a boron supplement every day.


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