Nutrition and Information Guide: Minerals Manganese

About the mineral manganese, nutritional information guide, uses, effects of deficiency, good sources of manganese.


Use in the Body: Manganese is an important activator for many enzymes and the production of fats and carbohydrates. It is necessary for normal skeletal development and perhaps the formation of blood. Manganese is closely related to blood sugar levels. It also maintains the reproductive processes.

Deficiency May Lead to: Abnormal body growth, stillbirths, sterility, and convulsions. However, since manganese is contained in trace amounts in most foods, deficiency in humans is practically unheard of.

Notes: An essential trace element, manganese is concentrated in the bones, liver, kidneys, pituitary gland, pancreas, and intestines. Zinc-manganese supplements are being used in the treatment of schizophrenics.

Best Sources: Nuts (especially high), tea, fruits, root vegetables, legumes, cereals and grains, green leafy vegetables, condiments and spices.

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