Manganese is a very important and essential mineral needed by the body in tiny, or trace, amounts.
Manganese plays a number of vital roles in the correct functioning of the human body. It is used to form blood (and regulate blood sugars), bones and connective tissue as well as sex hormones. Manganese also plays a role in brain and central nervous system function and is necessary for the proper absorption of carbohydrates, fats and calcium.
Manganese is also a part of the enzyme superoxidase dimutase (SOD). This enzyme is a powerful antioxidant, and works to protect the body from the damage caused by free radicals.
Although manganese is readily available in the required amounts in foods such as cereals, nuts, seeds, oats, and many legumes there is a surprising amount of people with a manganese deficiency largely due to modern food processing techniques.
Manganese deficiency can lead to problems such as osteporosis, arthritis, diabetes and potentially epilepsy. Manganese deficiency has also been linked to infertility.
Manganese: Recommended Daily Allowance*:
|*All measurements expressed in mg.|