Better Bones and Joyful Joints Boron - the lesser known mineral

Better Bones and Joyful Joints Boron - the lesser known mineral

Better Bones and Joyful Joints Boron - the lesser known mineral


When testing clients for minerals, I’ve been finding that quite a few test as needing boron. I’ve noticed that these people often have bone and joint problems, and symptoms of arthritis, and don’t always need calcium. I have dug a little deeper into the research and thought you might be interested to find out why this might be.

You probably know that minerals like magnesium, calcium and zinc are important for your body. But you might not be aware that some of the lesser known minerals such as boron also play a vital role. Although you might not need as much of it, without it you’re stuffed! as your car key might be small, it plays a ‘key’ role in getting you mobile. Boron does the same. The mantra for bone health has always been about calcium and vitamin D but there are many more players involved. Building bone is very much a team effort of at least 20 nutrients, including boron, which enables the body to absorb and use calcium, magnesium and vitamin D.

Research has found that people with arthritis have a lower concentration of boron in the bones. The lowest incidence of arthritis (0% - 10%) is found in countries which have the highest intake of boron. Equally, in countries with the lowest intake of boron, the rates of arthritis can be as much as 70% in older people.

Boron is needed to prevent the loss of calcium and other minerals from bone, and a deficiency of boron can limit bone regeneration. So even if you are getting enough calcium, without adequate boron your body cannot make best use of it. Boron supplementation has been shown to reduce the amount of calcium and magnesium lost from the body in the urine. So if you have adequate levels of boron you can retain and make use of calcium and magnesium where your body needs it.

Boron is also important for wound healing; the production and metabolism of oestrogen, testosterone and vitamin D; and some research also shows benefits for brain health and suggests it may help in the prevention of cancer. you can eat foods containing boron, the levels of minerals in foods has diminished over recent decades due to the way our food is grown. The uptake of boron by plants is inhibited by artificial fertilisers and can be much lower than previous levels. It may not be the only nutrient you are lacking, but could be a key player in your bone health.

Research shows that boron’s beneficial effects appear at intakes of 3 mg/d or more. There are no recommended levels for boron intake, only a upper limit of 20 mg/d for adults. Pizzorno (2015) suggests ‘consideration of boron supplementation of 3 mg/d for any individual who is consuming a diet low in fruits and vegetables or who is at risk for or has osteopenia; osteoporosis; OA; or breast, prostate, or lung cancer”. (492)

For more information please contact Maria, details below.

Maria Franklin KFRP, MBPsS Bringing Change to Life 07785 791499 or

Maria Franklin is a registered Kinesiologist, EMMETT Technique practitioner and a member of the British Psychological Society. She works from a whole body perspective and uses kinesiology to test for minerals, vitamins and other nutrients your body might need, as well foods that can be a problem, and anything else that may be an issue.

Kinesiology is a non invasive technique and a comprehensive system of testing and protocols designed to enable the body to return to a better state. Kinesiology & Nutrition Testing, EMMETT Technique Advanced Practitioner Level 6, Emm-Tech Tutor, Access Bars

Please note, kinesiologists do not do medical tests or give medical advice, if you have a medical problem please see your medical practitioner.

Newnham, R. E. (1994) Essentiality of boron for healthy bones and joints.

Environ Health Perspect;102 Suppl 7(Suppl 7):83-5. Nielsen, F. H., & Meacham, S. L. (2011).

Growing Evidence for Human Health Benefits of Boron. Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine, 16(3), 169–180. 10.1177/2156587211407638 Pizzorno L. (2015)

Nothing Boring About Boron. Integr Med (Encinitas);14(4):35-48. Brown, S. E, (2015) Better Bones, 20 key nutrients for bone health - an overview. May 11, in Bone Nutrition.

Picture atribution


Back to blog posts


About the Centre

The Centre for Integral Health was started in 2013 by director Ben Calder after studying Integral theory since 2011 and over 10 years of professional practice of kinesiology and Bowen fascia Release Technique, coupled with the desire to explore the application of the Integral Model in relation to health.

read more