Manganese

The word manganese comes from the Latin word "magnes" which means magnet, because when manganese is alloyed with other metals like aluminum, copper and antimony, the end product is magnetic.

Functionality:

It helps neutralize free radicals as well as being of assistance in preventing diabetes and needed for normal nerve function. It is needed for healthy skin, bone, and cartilage formation, as well as glucose tolerance. It also helps activate superoxide dismutase (SOD)-an important antioxidant enzyme.

Deficiency Diseases: Problems with the disks between the vertebrae, Birth defects, and Problems with blood glucose levels and reduced fertility. Serious deficiency in children can result in Paralysis, Deafness and Blindness

Overdose Disease:
Manganese Madness

Deficiency Symptoms:

Deficiencies are rare, as manganese is widely available in the food supply. However, Symptoms may include:

  • Seizures, Epilepsy, Poor muscle coordination,
  • Facial twitching, Bone deformities and General weakness
  • Deficiencies in children may lead to stunted growth and development.
Rich Sources:

Nuts, Green leafy vegetables, Peas, Beets, Egg yolks, Whole grain cereals, Organ meats, Bran, Fruits, and Black tea

Important for:
  • Blood clotting
  • Eliminating fatigue
  • Good digestion
  • Good muscle reflexes
  • Improves the memory
  • Improves weakness
  • Milk manufacturing for nursing mothers
  • Reduces nervous irritability
Best Suitable Composition:

It has best suitable composition when taken with vitamins B1, E, and calcium as well as phosphorous.

Recommended Daily Intake:
  • Men & Women: 2.5 - 5 mg