In your food
People didn’t know about mineral nutrients when they first started growing crops more than 10,000 years ago. Only during the past century or so have scientists and farmers discovered the seven essential micronutrients—boron among them—that plants need to grow.
At the cellular level, boron is integral to a plant’s reproductive cycle. Boron controls flowering, pollen production, germination, and seed and fruit development. Plants get the boron they need from soil and water. In fact, they can’t live without it. For humans, experts agree that boron is nutritionally important, and mounting evidence suggests that boron may be an essential element in our diet as well.