Manganese : Importance of this trace minerals to your health

Manganese is a mineral which is found in human body and comes under trace minerals category. This mineral plays a major role in activating the enzymes of the body, which are important for metabolism of amino acids, carbohydrates, fatty acids and cholesterol.  Manganese activates the enzymes known as glycolsyltranserferases and xylosyltransferases, which are important in the formation of bone. It has also been theorized that manganese is involved in the production of the thyroid hormone known as thyroxine and in maintaining the health of nerve tissue. Manganese is essential for maintaining good blood sugar level and cholesterol level. It is important to know that manganese is an antioxidant and thus fights free radicals and prevents our body from the damages caused by free radicals.

Manganese is necessary for the activating enzymes as well as other minerals within the body and for proper sex hormone production. It aides in immune response and sugar and fat metabolism. Also useful to build protein such as nucleic acid. Manganese is a trace mineral concentrated mainly in the kidney, liver, pancreas, skin, muscles and bones. It helps in active absorption of biotin, vitamin B1 and vitamin C.  Besides all these manganese is important for our nerves and very important to cure inflammation and sprains.

What is a Manganese Deficiency?

Manganese deficiency is associated with nausea, vomiting, poor glucose tolerance (high blood sugar levels), skin rash, loss of hair color, excessive bone loss, low cholesterol levels, dizziness, hearing loss, and compromised function of the reproductive system. Severe manganese deficiency in infants can cause paralysis, convulsions, blindness, and deafness.

It is important to emphasize, however, that manganese deficiency is very rare in humans, and does not usually develop unless manganese is deliberately eliminated from the diet. In addition, it has been suggested that magnesium substitutes for manganese in certain enzyme systems if manganese is deficient, thereby allowing the body to function normally despite the deficiency.

Most fruits contain manganese, but the following fruits have a significant amount: (Apple, Apricots, Avocado, Banana, Blackberries,  Blackcurrants,  Blueberries, Boysenberries, Cranberries, Dates, Gooseberries,  Grapefruit, Guava, Loganberries, Pineapple,  Pomegranate,  Raspberries, Strawberry)

Vegetables: (Amaranth leaves, Asparagus,  Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Butternut squash, Carrot, Celery,  French Beans, Kale, Leeks, Lima Beans, Okra, Parsley, Parsnip, Peas Potatoes, Sea Vegetable, Spinach, Spirulina, Squash – Winter, Sweet PotatoSwiss Chard, Taro)

Most nuts contain manganese, but the following nuts have a significant amount: ( Almond, Buckwheat,  Coconut,  Filberts/Hazelnuts, Macadamia Nuts,  Oats,  Pecans,  Pine Nuts/Pignolias,  Pumpkin Seeds,  Rice Brown,  Rye,  Spelt,  Wheat – Durum, Wheat – Hard Red, Wheat – Hard White)

Most legumes are a good source of Manganese but these are the highest.
(Adzuki Beans, Edamame, Garbanzo Beans, Lima Beans, Navy Beans,Pigeon Beans, Soy Beans,White Beans, Winged Beans)

The functions of this mineral are not specific since other minerals can perform in its place. Manganese does function in enzyme reactions concerning blood sugar, metabolism, and thyroid hormone function. Deficiency is rare in humans


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