Is Boron a good for increasing testosterone? Yes, most definitely
This article will explore all the testosterone increasing qualities of Boron – such as what is the correct dosage? How does it increase my testosterone levels? (I will show you some studies and reveal something about the dosage sweet spot that you definitely should be aware of!)
I will also cover some of the potential side effects and how to avoid them.
Most importantly I will highlight the ways in which Boron can INCREASE your muscle mass, bone density, and sex drive.
What Is Boron
Boron is a mineral found in the average person’s diet, but there may be some advantages to supplementing it at higher dosages than you can easily obtain from food.
Testosterone boosters are a group of supplements that, generally speaking, cannot fulfill what they promise to do.
Most Testosterone Increasing Supplements Are Herbal
Most supplements that are designed to increase testosterone are herbal in nature and while they might help improve libido, or increase the quality of a guy’s swimmers, they are rarely any good at increasing your free testosterone levels.
With Boron, there is limited evidence, but it actually looks capable of doing just that, at least for some people.
The additional point in its favour is that the currently agreed-upon effective dosage is very small, meaning it’s not much of a waste of supplement capsule space to just throw some in there.
Boron For Increasing Testosterone
Now, don’t get overly excited because research is distinctly lacking, but there are positive signs from what has already been carried out.
The one study that really stands out involved six average healthy men. Yes, 6, hardly a population sample.
Nonetheless, 10mg of Boron per day over the course of a week was able to reduce estrogen levels and increase free testosterone levels.
Free testosterone is the kind of testosterone we like, because it’s not bound to SHBG (Sex Hormone Binding Globulin), a protein that attaches to testosterone in the blood, preventing it from being used (source).
Albumin-bound testosterone is fine because it is bioavailable, but free testosterone levels are the best indicator if this aspect of your health overall.
Scientists believe that Boron increases free testosterone by actually inhibiting the SHBG protein.
This no doubt needs more research pumped into it, but that study of six healthy men was published back in 2011 and there hasn’t been a peep since, probably because Boron doesn’t sound as exotic as Tribulus terrestris or Longjack; those wannabe test boosters we were talking about earlier[clickToTweet tweet=”Did You Know – Boron is a micronutrient found in many foods, but small additional supplemental levels have been shown to boost free testosterone in healthy men. A rare thing.” quote=”Did You Know – Boron is a micronutrient found in many foods, but small additional supplemental levels have been shown to boost free testosterone in healthy men. A rare thing.”]
How To Use Boron
We are certainly excited by Boron’s limited evidence supporting its ability to increase testosterone levels, because there aren’t many ingredients that can really do it.
As we’ve already mentioned, it doesn’t take a lot of this mineral to have an effect, according to the intervention studies, so you’ll find it in pills, capsules and possibly even some pre-workout powders.
Use it as stated on the bottle in that case, and refer to our dosage section below if you are unsure about how much to take (if you have some loose powder brand or something).
The all important study highlighted above used a 10mg/day dose of Boron, so it seems prudent to follow that if you are a healthy male.
However, dosages as low as 3mg per day have been noted as effective. We see a lot of pill products containing about 5mg.
In truth, the optimum dosage is not really known, at least not in scientifically proven terms, because there hasn’t been enough studies.
Perhaps tinker with the range of 3mg to 10mg and see what happens for you.
Boron Side Effects
Boron does not harm the testicles at all, and has no noted negative side effects at the dosages discussed in the section above.
However, the tolerable upper limit has been provisionally set at 20mg per day, so never go above that.
In fact, just stay on or below the 10mg dose from the study. After all, it worked for that.
We try not to be dramatic around here but if you take about 15 grams (15,000mg) of Boron you will probably die. So don’t.
Also, if a child takes around 5000mg (5 grams) they will suffer the same fate.
That is a ridiculously high dose of Boron though; more than a thousand times the recommended dose above, but in case you have trouble reading:
Dose in the range of 5mg to 10mg – that’s milligrams. MILLIGRAMS.
Given the amount of complete BS out there about fancy herbs from some swamp in the Congo, and their ability to increase testosterone levels, it’s rather nice to find a common dietary mineral capable of really doing it.
It’s available in your diet, that’s correct, but taking just a little more than your food provides might help you increase free testosterone levels and reduce estrogen levels, even if you’re a strapping young lad (over 18 years of age, of course).
An ingredient which can not only increase free testosterone, but do it in healthy men!! – That’s rarer than a golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.