Boron is a trace mineral primarily found in plant foods (fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts). Some good sources of Boron include grape and prune juice, avocados, peanuts, pecans, apples, dried beans, and potatoes. Boron is highly absorbable by the body and is present in body tissues, especially the bone and spleen. Boron has been found to support mineral metabolism and cell membrane function/structure. Boron influences the strength and structure of the bones as well.
Very little information exists on the interaction of Boron with other drugs. It has been found that boron may help increase serum estrogen levels while supplemental boron may decrease serum phosphorus concentrations is some people.
Boron, when taken in low and recommended doses, usually around 10 mg per day, has shown no side effects. If over 15-20 grams are taken by an adult, nausea, diarrhea, epigastric pain, hematemesis, and vomiting may be experienced. However, when chronic, high doses of boron, around 25 grams daily, are administered dermatitis, alopecia, anorexia, and indigestion may occur. Adult or child poisoning by boron will result inskin erythema, desquamation, exfoliation, hyperexcitability, irritability, tremors, convulsions, weakness, lethargy, headaches, and depression.
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