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Potential Benefits: Manganese is an essential nutrient in many ways. Its key role is it activates enzymes needed to digest and synthesize fatty acids and cholesterol, and metabolise carbohydrates and proteins important for energy production activates enzymes that enable the utilization of other key nutrients like Vitamin B1, Biotin, Choline, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E.

Manganese-activated enzymes are also important to normal bone and cartilage growth, and keep bones strong and healthy. It is needed for collagen formation in skin cells, which is required for healing of wounds. It also maintains healthy nerves, helps Iron metabolism to prevent anaemia

Description: Manganese is a trace mineral that is vital to life. The human body contains about 15 to 20 milligrams of it.

Most of it is found in the bones, with the rest distributed throughout the body in tissues like the pancreas, kidneys, liver, adrenal glands and pituitary glands.

Most Western diets lack Manganese because of it being lost through processing of whole grains.


Potential Side Effects: Manganese overdose can cause impotency and nervous system disorders like "manganese madness", characterized by irritability, hallucinations, and violent acts. Excessive levels of manganese tend to deplete Copper and Iron. It can occur in people with liver disease as this is what excretes Manganese. Works with B Vitamins to generate well-being

Potential Interaction: Full-blown Manganese deficiency is very rare and would typically not occur unless manganese is eliminated from the diet. However, many people may not be getting the optimal levels needed for health.

The most common cause of low manganese is poor dietary intake, either due to a diet lacking in Manganese food sources, or because of intestinal tract disorders that hinder the absorption of nutrients from food. Due to the importance of manganese in enzyme activation, a deficiency can adversely affect many bio-chemical processes in the body.

General Usage: May be taken daily.

Food Sources: Almonds, Avocados, Bananas, Barley, Black Beans, Black Pepper, Blackstrap Molasses, Blueberries, Broccoli, Brown Rice, Cinnamon, Chard, Chickpeas, Cloves, Collard Greens, Coriander Seeds, Dried Peas, Figs, Garlic, Grapes, Green Beans, Kale, Kiwifruit, Maple Syrup, Mustard Greens, Oats, Peanuts, Pecans, Pineapple, Pinto, Lima and Navy Beans, Quinoa, Raspberries, Romaine Lettuce, Rye, Spelt, Spinach, Strawberries, Tempeh, Tofu, Walnuts, Wheat,