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Boron is a mineral found in food and the environment. It has been used to help the body use other minerals better, such as calcium. It can be taken as a pill.


3 to 10 milligrams once daily.

What Research Shows

May Be Effective

  • Menstrual cramps —may ease pain and reduce duration1

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Safety Notes

It is likely safe to take small amounts of boron for a short period of time. Not enough studies have been done to say whether it is safe to take for a long period. Taking high doses of boron can be toxic.


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1. Nikkah S, Dolatian M, et al. Effects of boron supplementation on the severity and duration of pain in primary dysmenorrhea. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2015;21(2):79-83.

Last reviewed March 2019 by EBSCO CAM Review Board  Last Updated: 2/17/2020