Healthy Vitamin Choice logo and Home link

Home / Minerals And Deficiencies / Boron


The importance of the trace element boron (B) is only just being uncovered. It is believed to be an essential nutrient for health.

What are the functions of boron?


What are the symptoms of a boron deficiency?

The deficiencies associated with boron have not as yet been clearly identified.

Bone conditions such as osteomalacia and osteoarthritis may be the result of a boron deficiency. A boron deficiency is also linked to:

Food sources of boron

The following foods are good sources of boron: pears, prunes, pulses, raisins, tomatoes, and apples.

Therapeutic uses of boron

Boron is used in the following conditions:


Boron is best taken as a part of a multivitamin and mineral supplement. It is considered that doses above 3 mg are unnecessary.

Special note

Boron may be toxic in doses above 100 mg. Symptoms of toxicity include:

Back to Top


Bland, J. 1996, Contemporary Nutrition. J & B Associates.

Davies, S. and A. Stewart., 1997, Nutritional Medicine. Pan.

Holden, S., Hudson, K., Tilman, J. & D. Wolf, 2003, The Ultimate Guide to Health from Nature. Asrolog Publication.

Pressman, A. and S. Buff, 2000, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Vitamins and Minerals. (2nd Ed.) Alpha Books.

Soothill, R. 1996, The Choice Guide to Vitamins and Minerals. A Choice Book Publication.

Sullivan, K. 2002, Vitamins and Minerals: A Practical Approach to a Health Diet and Safe Supplementation. Harper Collins.

Back to Top

Newsletter Subscription
Has Closed

Manage Your Subscription

Personal details used only by us and not given to others for any reason.

Recent research has found that when boron was added to the diet of postmenopausal women it prevented calcium loss and the demineralization of bones. Evidence also shows that people who live in areas where the soil concentration of boron is high are less likely to suffer from arthritis.