When it comes to nutrients we consider for peak performance, Boron is far from being one of the more popular ones. In fact, chances are you've never even heard of it before. Regardless, we think you should know more about it.
There are several minerals that the body needs to function normally and remain healthy. Some of these minerals are of course better known than others, but there are very few minerals that are involved in the production of testosterone. Boron is one of these minerals.
WHAT IS BORON AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
Boron is a type of mineral and nutrient that the human body depends on. It is found in several environmental sources. There are also several food sources of boron.
Boron seems to affect the way the body handles other minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus. The mineral has several important functions:
-It is critical for the well-being of bones.
-Boron helps the body produce strong and healthy bones.
-Its effect on bone health is crucial for reduced joint problems.
-It works alongside calcium in bones.
-It has also been found to assist in the treatment of osteoarthritis.
-Muscle tissue also relies on a healthy dose of boron
WHAT CAN BORON DO FOR YOU?
1. Boron Boosts Free Testosterone
In one study, following just one week of Boron supplementation (10mg daily), male subjects reported an average increase in free testosterone levels of 28.3%,1 which is significant by all standards. Another study using a dose of 10mg/daily for 4 weeks also reported an upward trend in overall testosterone levels at 11.4%.
2. Inhibition of SHBG
SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin), is a protein that is found in the blood whose primary function is to bind to sex hormones and prevent their effects. While it has its function, it can be annoying, since as you raise testosterone levels, more of it finds itself bound, unable to exert any benefits in your body. Luckily, Boron supplementation has been found to reduce SHBG levels in the blood, allowing more testosterone to elicit its actions. This could also explain the acute rise in free testosterone following one week of usage, but a slower overall trend of increased T levels.
3. Estrogen Reduction
Boron increases testosterone, but it can reduce estrogen levels as well. The same study mentioned above found that over the course of a week, 10mg of boron consumption decreased serum estradiol levels a whopping 39%! However with further studies, it has been concluded that it may be best to keep supplementation limited to short periods of time. Cycle suggestion is Boron 2 weeks on, 1 week off to reap the best benefits.
4. Better Vitamin D Absorption
Some studies show that boron is critical for the absorption and functions of vitamin D in the body. When taking boron with vitamin D, the vitamin may be more effective. Together, the two may also further contribute to a balance in testosterone levels.
5. Boosts Metabolic Rate For Nutrients
It helps the gastrointestinal tract absorb these nutrients from food. This also helps to provide other improvements in the body. Certain nutrients help to promote a healthier sexual function. Some nutrients play a critical role in maintaining proper blood circulation throughout the body. Additionally, several other nutritional deficiencies have been found to cause hormone imbalances.
6. Bone And Joint Health
A small study consisting of 20 patients with confirmed osteoporotic disease found that 50% of patients reported improvements in symptoms at a dose of 6mg/day. In other words, Boron will improve your bone health if your bone health is already suffering.
7. Cognitive Function
There may be an improvement in cognitive function among men who increase their intake of boron. It has also been found that boron may improve hand-eye coordination. The mineral also plays a role in maintaining proper memory function.
Research has indicated that Boron may have a hand in improving androgen levels in men. The way the data currently stands, Boron supplementation has its benefits and is generally considered safe with appropriate daily dose for short term use. Its effectiveness tends to decrease the longer it is used.