How Can Boron Affect My Health

If humans eat large amounts of boron (4,161 ppm) over short periods of time, it can affect the stomach, intestines, liver, kidney, and brain and can eventually lead to death. Irritation of the nose and throat or eyes can occur if small amounts of boron (4.1 mg/m ) are breathed in. Boron can irritate the eyes if it comes in contact with them for long periods of time. Animal studies indicate that the male reproductive organs, especially the testes, are affected if large amounts of boron are eaten or drunk for short or long periods of time. Studies in animals also indicate delayed development and structural defects in offspring, primarily in the rib cage, from maternal exposure to boron during pregnancy. These effects have not been seen in humans. Irritation of the nose can occur in animals if large amounts of boron are breathed in for long periods of time. These effects have not been seen in humans. No information is available on whether boron is likely to cause cancer in humans. There is no evidence of cancer in animals exposed to boron for long periods of time.

More information on the health effects of boron in humans and animals can be found in Chapter 2.

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