Boron, found in fresh fruit, nuts, beans and leafy vegetables, helps the body use calcium

RDA – no accepted figure

Boron is a mineral that is essential for plant health, but not officially recognised as necessary for humans.

Where do you get boron?

Boron is in fresh fruits such as apples, pears and grapes; in dried fruits like apricots and prunes; and in nuts, peas, beans and green leafy vegetables.


It is said to prevent calcium and magnesium loss from bones, and may help with arthritis symptoms. It helps the body use calcium.

Too little boron

Lack of boron may result from eating too much refined food or too little fresh fruit and vegetables. Symptoms show as thinning of bones, arthritis and osteoporosis.

Too much boron

Research into boron and its effects is ongoing.

Boron supplements

Multi-mineral supplements have trace amounts of boron.

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