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Therapeutic Uses

Boron aids in the proper metabolism of vitamins and minerals involved with bone development, such as calcium , copper , magnesium , and vitamin D . 1 In addition, boron appears to affect estrogen and possibly testosterone as well, hormones that affect bone health. 2 On this basis, boron has been suggested for preventing or treating osteoporosis . However, there have been no clinical studies to evaluate the potential benefits of boron supplements for any bone-related conditions.

On the basis of similarly weak evidence, 3 boron is often added to supplements intended for the treatment of osteoarthritis.

Boron has also been proposed as a sports supplement , based on its effects on hormones. 4 However, studies have, as yet, failed to find evidence that it helps increase muscle mass or enhances performance. 5 One large observational study suggests that higher intake of boron may reduce risk of prostate cancer . 6 Finally, boron is sometimes recommended as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis , but there is no evidence to support this use.

References

  1. Nielsen FH, Hunt CD, Mullen LM, et al. Effect of dietary boron on mineral, estrogen, and testosterone metabolism in postmenopausal women. FASEB. 1987;1:394-397.
  2. Nielsen FH, Hunt CD, Mullen LM, et al. Effect of dietary boron on mineral, estrogen, and testosterone metabolism in postmenopausal women. FASEB. 1987;1:394-397.
  3. Travers RL, Rennie GC, Newnham RE. Boron and arthritis: the results of a double-blind pilot study. J Nutr Med. 1990;1:127-132.
  4. Naghii MR. The significance of dietary boron, with particular reference to athletes. Nutr Health. 13(1):31-7.
  5. Kreider RB. Dietary supplements and the promotion of muscle growth with resistance exercise. Sports Med. 27(2):97-110.
  6. Zhang ZF, Winton MI, Rainey C, et al. Boron is associated with decreased risk of human prostate cancer. Presented at: Experimental Biology 2001; March 31-April 4, 2001; Orlando, FL.
 
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