Manganese is a trace (micro) mineral essential for the skeletal system. The majority of manganese in the body is found in the kidneys, pancreas, liver and bones. It is a component of a powerful antioxidant, which neutralises damaging free radicals.
The roles of manganese in the body and very varies. One the main roles is in skeletal development. It is essential for healthy bone structure, bone metabolism and is involved in enzyme activity for building bones.
Manganese is a coenzyme involved in energy producing metabolic activity. It also plays a part in thyroid function, calcium absorption, collagen production and would healing, glucose production and blood sugar regulation, immune function and histamine levels, and sex hormone production.
Due to the variety of roles manganese plays in the body deficiency symptoms are also varied. They include: bone malformation, muscle contraction, vision and hearing problems, high blood pressure, memory loss, dizziness, high cholesterol levels, infertility, heart disorders and tremors.
Food sources of manganese are mostly fruits and vegetables including raspberries, grapes, pineapples, beetroot, strawberries, blackberries, spinach, coconut, kiwis, blackberries, bananas, cucumbers, tropical fruits, lettuce, broccoli, beans, oranges, and green leafy vegetables. It is also found in brown rice, turmeric, cloves, almonds, hazelnuts, and other nuts and seeds.
For supplementation we recommend Trace Nutrients Magnesium Plus which is available at the clinic.