When you think of the minerals that your body needs, you first probably think of things like Magnesium, or Potassium, or Calcium. But one mineral that is often overlooked, but shouldn’t be, is Boron.
Boron is a critical mineral that you will find in many supplements, such as this testosterone booster from Iron Brothers reviewed in this post here. So what role does it play in this muscle-builder, and more importantly, what health benefits does it provide the body?
The Importance of Boron
What is odd about Boron is that, unlike other essential minerals, there is no set guideline for a recommended daily allowance. However, studies have determined that getting 3 to 10 milligrams per day of this mineral should be sufficient.
So how do you get more of this mineral in you? You can start by adding some select foods to your diet. I say select because, unlike other nutrients, it is not found as prevalently in foods. However, avocados are one tremendous source of this nutrient. However, while it is found in the avocado, one serving will only give you a little over 1 mg of this mineral.
That’s why taking a supplement with this nutrient is of great importance. That way you can be sure to get the recommended dosage and avoid boron deficiency. You can find it as a standalone supplement, but it works best when added to a formula with other active ingredients like in a testosterone booster.
When you have ever heard someone say “Hold up, I gotta take my Boron pill”? Never. It’s rare that anyone takes this all alone. But you will find it as an active ingredient in many dietary supplement formulas.
Boron Boosts Testosterone
A number of studies have been conducted on the effect of this mineral on free testosterone levels. The first experiment administered 10 mg of boron supplements to a group of male participants for a one-week period. At the conclusion of the study, it was found that free testosterone levels rose by over 28%.
In another study, a group of test subjects who had Vitamin D deficiency was given boron for a two-month period. The intention was to see if boron had an effect on vitamin D levels, but other biometrics, including testosterone levels, were also measured. At the end of the study, free testosterone levels were measured at a 29% increase since their baseline measurement.
When I say free testosterone, that’s because it is entirely different from total testosterone. So what is happening here? It turns out that boron can inhibit sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG). When there is less SHBG, more testosterone is free to perform its functions of building muscle, strength, and improving sexual function.
Boron Inhibits Estrogen
Another factor of your testosterone levels is estrogen. This is a female hormone but is also found in males. The difference between the genders is the balance between these two hormones. It was found that Boron can block estrogen, freeing up more testosterone production and utility in men. Regarding the first study mentioned above, it was found that test participants had a decrease in estrogen levels by nearly 40% at the end of the study.
Where to Buy
You can find this mineral in Iron Brothers testosterone booster (linked earlier in this post) as well as other t-boosters. Given that you should get up to 10 mg per day, and it is hard to attain through food, I don’t understand why more t-boosters don’t include this in their formula, considering the results from the studies conducted on it.