(Article Medically Reviewed By Dr. Zach Hyde)
Boron is a metallic chemical element closely related to aluminum.
As such, you might not think of it as something your body needs to thrive.
However, recent studies show that our Boron levels are very closely linked with testosterone maintenance and production.
And while this is great news, it doesn’t matter one bit if this rare earth mineral is equally rare in your diet.
Boron and Testosterone Studies
We’ll talk a bit later about just what Boron is and how you can get it, but for now, I want to get down to the nitty-gritty about why you need it.
You see, a decent amount of research has shown that Boron has the ability to significantly increase testosterone levels in both healthy males and females.
In fact, it’s more successful at the job than many other supplements on the market that claim to boost testosterone, but actually don’t.
This is obviously great news for a number of people, specifically…
- Men over 30 who are starting to see their T levels drop off.
- Men with erectile dysfunction issues or penile atrophy.
- Men who are attempting to lose fat and gain muscle mass.
- Men who are looking to improve their sex drive.
- Men who want bigger, better orgasms with increased semen volume.
A great example of Boron’s potential as a supplement can be found in this 2010 study.
Throughout the course of the investigation into Boron’s nutritional properties, researchers gave eight male subjects 10 mg of the supplement for a full week.
After that week had passed, blood tests revealed a 28% rise in free testosterone levels, a 39% decline in free estrogen levels, and a 10% rise in DHT.
To top it all off, they also displayed a significant reduction in biomarkers for internal inflammation.
Another study published later into Boron’s efficacy found similar effects.
However, these are perhaps more telling since the goal of the experiment was to study the mineral’s effect on Vitamin D levels and only checked testosterone by happenstance.
Regardless, after 60 days of receiving 6 mg of Boron, the free testosterone levels of the 13 male subjects had increased by 29.5%.
Of course, this is completely in line with the information from the study above – almost to a “T” (no pun intended).
Non-human trials have also proven to be quite fruitful.
Such tests are necessary because Boron (in high doses) is toxic to mammals, and can cause liver problems and a variety of other health issues.
Nevertheless, one rodent study, in particular, found that providing up to 500 mg of Boron a day resulted in a massive testosterone level increase of 160%!
Thought exceeding 25 mg a day is not recommended due to the aforementioned toxicity, this does go to show that the correlation between the supplement and T production is no mere coincidence.
What Exactly is Boron?
I mentioned above that Boron is rare, but that’s actually a bit of an understatement.
You see, Boron is considered a remnant of the Big Bang, and is present all over the universe in the form of meteorite minerals and space dust.
It’s not as hard to come by as Cerium or Europium, but it still only makes up about 0.001% of the earth’s entire crust.
When in its crystalline form, Boron looks like small, smooth, silver pebbles.
Of course, you certainly don’t want to eat those. Fortunately, Boron has a powder form that can be found sprinkled around the world like so much seasoning salt.
This is how we end up with Boron in our diets – through leafy veggies, fruits, milk, apples, beans, and potatoes.
However, as you’ll see, very few of us are getting enough.
Boron Dosage For Men
While many nutritionists consider Boron to be an essential nutrient, it isn’t listed among the other essential vitamins and minerals we humans need to remain happy, healthy, and functional.
However, opinions on the importance of Boron are starting to change, especially given the fact that we humans seem to be getting less of it than our ancestors.
You see, modern-day farming methods deplete a lot of the nutrients and minerals out of the soil, which means less Boron gets into those fruits and veggies that we consume, or that are consumed by our other food (cows, pigs, etc.).
This means that it’s highly probable for the average man to be at least a little deficient in Boron.
Luckily, supplementing with Boron is not only becoming more common, but easier than ever before.
And even though the substance is super rare, it is actually relatively cheap in supplement form,.
So you don’t have to worry about shelling out big bucks to get ahold of a bottle of testosterone-fueling space dust.
As far as dosing goes, most experts recommend anywhere between 3 and 25 mg a day, with the latter being the maximum to avoid getting into toxic territory.
Of course, you can also increase your intake of Boron-rich foods, some of which we’ve mentioned already.
Some more specific examples include avocados, brazil nuts, honey, almonds, and all the dried, shrunken fruits like raisins, prunes, and dates.
Apparently, the more they look like testicles, the more they can supply you with Boron.
Boron and Testosterone Conclusion:
The connection between increased testosterone levels and Boron supplementation is perfectly clear.
Yet for one reason or another few men have been clued into this supplement’s unique abilities.
This is complicated by the fact that science has been rather slow in promoting Boron to the ranks to “superfood,” most likely due to its toxic effects.
However, it is possible to take Boron daily without any ill effects.
Just remember, whenever you’re taking anything – even if it’s natural – you need to stick to the recommended dosage levels at all times.
With great sexual potential comes great responsibility.
So take what you need to properly elevate your T levels, but don’t go overboard.
As for me, I dose with 5mg a day a few days a week which is well within the safety zone.