December 27, 2011 by  
Filed under Elements

Keywords: calcium retention, bone health


  • May be involved in bone mineralization
  • May help to reduce calcium loss from urine in postmenopausal women

Good food sources

  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Prunes
  • Pulses
  • Raisins
  • Tomatoes

Deficiency symptoms

Not known, but may include osteoporosis and menopausal symptoms.

Preventing deficiency

Consumption of good food sources and vegetables generally.


It is not yet considered proven that boron is an essential nutrient for man. However there is some evidence that boron is protective of bone minerals, and countries with the highest boron intake due to high soil levels (Israel and parts of some other countries) have the lowest incidence of arthritis.

Information compiled by Linda Lazarides
Naturopathic Nutritionist, Author, Educator

Linda Lazarides is Course Director of the School of Modern Naturopathy and author of eight books on health, nutrition and naturopathy.

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