Boron and Testosterone: Cheap and Unpopular Trace Mineral and T-Booster

There are multiple micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) that contribute to testosterone synthesis, such as: vitamins A, C, D, K2, zinc, magnesium, iodine, calcium, etc…

…But what is often left unmentioned is the trace mineral boron. When in fact it’s the boron that currently holds the most impressive results on natural T production in terms of scientific evidence.

Many experts believe that we’re getting significantly less boron through the diet than our ancestors did, and this is because the modern day “power farming” quickly depletes the soil in which our food is grown, leaving less boron – and less of multiple other naturally occurring micronutrients – into the end product.

But is boron something you’d want to miss from the diet? Definitely not according to the research which shows the benefits of boron:

Boron and Testosterone Levels

Boron testosterone supplementation to increase testosteroneBoron is a rare mineral in Earth, and in this whole universe. And this is because boron is a “trace leftover” of the big bang, arriving Earth via cosmic dust and meteor materials…

…Hence why only about 0.001% of the Earths crust is boron.

Not only is boron rare in the Earth, it’s also somewhat uncommon as a supplemental micronutrient. It isn’t even included in the list of “essential vitamins and minerals for human survival”, and there isn’t a set minimum requirement for dietary boron (although it has a RDI of ~3 mg/day).

However – as unnecessary as boron may seem like – what most of the guys don’t know is that boron can be easily labeled as a natural testosterone booster. This one ridiculously cheap and unpopular trace mineral is actually much more effective in raising ones natural T production than most of the “T-Booster” products flying of the shelves at your local GNC are

Take this study from Naghii et al. as an example. The researchers in this trial gave eight of their male subjects ~10 mg’s of boron supplement, every morning for 7 consecutive days. After the week had passed, the scientists compared their subjects blood results from day 1 to day 7, and found out that:

  • free testosterone levels had increased by 28%
  • free estrogen levels had decreased by -39%
  • dihydrotestosterone (DHT) levels rose by 10%
  • many inflammation biomarkers (hsCRP, TNF-α) dropped significantly

NOTE: The same researchers measured testosterone levels on their subjects in a study conducted in 1997 set to examine boron’s effects on cardiovascular risk, in that trial 10 mg’s of daily boron increased total testosterone levels by 15%, slight increases were also seen in total estrogen levels, which should be noted.

Another study from Mjilkovich et al. looked how boron supplementation impacts serum vitamin D levels, but on the side they also measured free testosterone levels. After 2 months of giving their 13 subject males 6 mg’s of daily boron (calcium fructo-borate) the levels of free testosterone had increased by 29,5% on average, a number similar to the findings of Naghii et al.

Two rodent studies (study, study) examining boron’s toxicity have also found significant dose-dependent increases in testosterone levels after boron supplementation, highest dose (500 mg/day) leading to a massive 160% increase. Though this amount – not only crazily expensive – would be highly toxic also, since dosages exceeding 25 mg/day start showing symptoms of toxicity and are not recommended.

Possibly the best and cleanest boron glycinate can be found from Pure Encapsulations (affiliate link).

Conclusion on Boron Testosterone Supplementation

There’s good amount of scientific evidence speaking for the health benefits of boron. It has the ability to increase testosterone levels in healthy human males, and in rodents, and also in women (with boron deficiency). That is why I recommend you take a boron testosterone supplement.

A dose range that should be able to increase testosterone levels (without becoming toxic) falls in between 3-25 mg/day.

Aside from supplementation (the brand above is highly recommended for it’s incredibly high quality standards), some good dietary boron sources include: raisins, gelatin, prunes, dates, avocados, almonds, Brazil nuts, and honey.

Boron and Testosterone: Cheap and Unpopular Trace Mineral and T-Booster was last modified: February 20th, 2017 by Ali Kuoppala
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Ali Kuoppala is the founder of Anabolic Men, and an Independent Researcher that has been credited with organizing the findings that have helped thousands of men reach hormonal balance.
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  • Raefwulf

    I think another reason boron won’t be a famous supplement is because producers/companies who do sell boron for the purpose of increasing testosterone (for example, to bodybuilders) will hype it up as some steroid alternative. Gullible idiots then go out and buy it, expect to blow up in size like Jay Cutler, get mad that they don’t, then trash boron, saying it’s shit.

    • Yes, those are my thoughts exactly.

      That’s why testosterone boosters in general have so bad rep too.

      • CKirkman

        Interesting concepts, however using myself as a case example, being female and having been on 75mg a day for a little over one year now. Instead of increasing my estrogen, I got more of a balancing effect, and I was actually just taking for joint/bone benefits, didn’t realize it would address my life long estrogen dominance at the same time. I was doing some research to back up a video I recently saw on YouTube of Dr Flechas discussing Boron and talking about the low arthritis rates in countries where Boron intake was higher.

  • Hotsauce

    Hi if you’re into minerals, check out Indium you’ll be quite amazed.

  • Yeah, I recently got Solgar’s Boron in pill form too, so I’m currently using both at 20-30 mg dose.

    I’m always going over the daily recommendations, I don’t really know why, it’s a habit that has stuck with me as I believe that the governmental recommendations are usually too low on everything.

  • Mike Gibson

    I just read on another website that boron could potentially increase estrogen, at least in women. (the site in question was just a general health-related site, not related to T. I was looking to see if there was a boron USRDA.) do you know what the story is there, and how/why it might be different for men? – thanks

  • Bo Jangles

    I’ve been amazed by the effects of boron on myself. Most developed countries have a low intake.

    • GRoy

      Jim, how do you take 20 mule team borax? Mix it in water or?

      Can you tell us the effects you’ve seen?

      Thx

      • jbat001

        DO NOT EAT BORAX! It’s not the same thing as eating boron citrate or other edible forms of boron. If you eat borax, you will get boric acid poisoning, and you will never forget the experience!

        • Jac

          I haven’t got anything from taking borax.. I presume you must have, to be able to truthfully tell us what happens? Probably took too much. Borax is NOT boric acid, either.

        • Yohn

          Your Wrong

  • bahadur

    Study says boron also increased cortisol..

    • The real lebanese

      Regardless, it still increased testosterone.

      The rise in cortisol was not enough to reduce T levels.

  • Jack O’Neill

    Boton increases estrogen though. We don’t want that, do we? I hope you’ll give an answer.

    • Apparently increases E in women -http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3678698

      But lowers E on men -http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21129941

      I suspect this is because of gender differences and higher aromatase in women.

    • Yohn

      Estrogen helps build bones

  • Eli Zìháo

    You could just eat a 100-gram serving of raisins (4.5 mg boron)

  • Musa Obaid

    I started using Boron for a few days, and I was taking about 10mgs a day and after a few days I started getting hot flashes? I am very active and pretty sure my testosterone is very high, as I grow muscle very fast and have a very deep voice, wide jaw bone and very high sex drive, but as soon as i started supplementing with boron I started to see different effects than expected which were very confusing, as I looked these effects up online it stated that these were effects were due to drastic changes in testosterone levels, like andropause in men where testosterone drops significantly. Any thoughts? I stopped taking the supplement and it wasnt a capsule but it was liquid boron. Also might I add i am only 20

  • Ezequiel

    Borax can be used as a source of boron?

    • jbat001

      You can’t eat borax! You need something like Boron Citrate instead, lol….

      • Ezequiel

        why not?

        • jbat001

          Borax is the salt form of boric acid. If you eat it, you will get boric acid poisoning.

          Symptoms of poisoning can include blue-green vomit, diarrhea and a red rash on the skin. Other possible symptoms include blisters, collapse, convulsions, coma fever, sloughing of skin and fever.

          Boron needs to be chelated with something else to make it safe to ingest, like boron citrate or boron aspartate. Don’t eat borax – it’ll mess you up!

          • Yohn

            Wrong

    • Yohn

      Yes. Mix with water

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  • Andrew

    How long should one take boron before coming off of it?

  • Yohn

    you most certainly can consume Borax! Add 1/8 teaspoon per 1 & 1/2 liters of good water. Drink a little each day.