I have been supplementing with Boron following some research on studies of how Boron affects sex hormones. My level of free testosterone was 234pmol when normal range is 225-725. SHBG is a related hormone that blocks how much testosterone is ‘free’ to be used. My level of this was 100nmol, with normal range of 10 – 50. I supplemented with 6mg of Boron per day, and added foods to my diet for another 3mg/day – nuts, raisins, apricots etc. After 3 months, my SHBG reduced to 73, and my free testosterone had increased to 372. Low testosterone is one cause of osteoporosis for males so I am delighted to get such significant results using Boron, and using doses that were lower than used in some studies. Boron also affects oestrogen in women.
It appears than anything under 3mg of Boron has no effect, however my previous diet (due to celiac, sugar and lactose reactions) was probably giving me less than 1mg/day which is deficient.
Boron also works with Calcium, Magnesium and Vitamin D utilisation. There are studies with positive results in women for sex hormones in post menopause. A good article that goes into some detail on this is called – ‘nothing boring about Boron’.
The other benefit I felt was on the signs of early osteoarthritis – something I was not aware of, however I did feel slightly stiff and achy first thing in the morning, this has mostly disappeared since using Boron.