Boron is an under-researched supplement ingredient that is found in many testosterone boosting supplements. Lots of men buy these products without knowing what Boron even is! In this article we are going to look at:
- What Boron is
- Whether it’ll increase your testosterone
- Why else you might take it
- Our closing verdict
What Is Boron?Boron is a trace mineral that is an important micronutrient for your health. Boron is not exactly uncommon, and it can be found in a number of foods. Raisins, nuts, lentils, and peanut butter are all excellent sources of Boron. There are many benefits that are associated with supplementing Boron, but is increased testosterone one of them?
Does Boron Increase Testosterone?Boron may be effective as a testosterone booster, but it is too soon to say for sure. A 1987 study on postmenopausal women found that 0.25mg of Boron taken daily led to a slight increase in testosterone . But postmenopausal women will have very low testosterone levels to begin with. Would men with much higher testosterone levels see any difference? A 2011 study on 8 men aged between 18 and 29 failed to see any increase in testosterone . However, the study did find a small increase in free testosterone. Great news, right? Well sorta. Total testosterone was not affected, just free testosterone. All this means is that some of the bound testosterone may have turned into free testosterone. This is a difficult concept to explain, but we’ll give it a very quick go. Most of the testosterone in your body is attached to something called sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG). Some of the testosterone is attached to a substance called Albumen. Then there is a very small amount (2% or so) that is not attached to anything. This is called free testosterone. Having more free testosterone is useful, because it can be used for building muscle etc. By freeing up more testosterone, you may see the improvements that you were looking for. So, Boron may convert bound testosterone into free testosterone in men (by breaking down SHBG) but it does not appear to increase total testosterone. Remember though, these are just two studies. We can’t say for certain whether Boron does or does not work. But from reviewing the evidence we can hypothesize that Boron helps increase free testosterone but not total testosterone in men.
Are There Any Other Benefits To Taking Boron?Not particularly. There just isn’t enough evidence to say that it has any benefits. In the study we mentioned earlier, Boron supplementation led to a slight decrease in estrogen in men. But another study saw an increase! No effect on cortisol was found either. Nor was there an increase in DHT. A 2012 study found that Boron supplementation helped in the treatment of kidney stones, but it was less effective than the medication that is typically used.
Final Thoughts On Using Boron For TestosteroneIt is very easy to hit your daily recommended intake of Boron, eating fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and the like will get you there. So, supplementation to prevent a deficiency is unnecessary. At present, there doesn’t seem to be much evidence that taking higher doses of Boron have much of an effect on anything. It may lead to an increase in free testosterone, and it may also help to reduce estrogen. But it might also have the opposite effect! Our advice would be to save your money and look to increase Boron through diet before purchasing a supplement. But it might be worth giving a go if you’re interested to see what happens.