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|Minerals29 Nov 2008|
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Within the body, manganese helps in the process of forming bones, connective tissue, the blood-clotting process and sex hormones. It assists in the metabolism of carbohydrate and fat, and has a role in blood sugar regulation and calcium absorption. In addition, manganese is also critical for brain and nerve function.
Manganese also has antioxidant properties. Antioxidants scavenge damaging particles in the body known as free radicals. Free radicals are known to damage cell proteins and genetic material and leave the cell vulnerable to cancer. Free radicals are also thought to be partly responsible for the aging process as well as a variety of illnesses and conditions. Antioxidant enzymes including superoxide dismutase (MnSOD) can help neutralize free radicals, and in doing so may limit or stop some of the damage they cause.
Manganese is found in the human body in kidney, liver, bones and pancreas. A deficiency can lead to bone malformation or weakness, infertility and seizures. However, deficiencies in people are rare because manganese is relatively abundant in so many foods. Whole grains, for example are an excellent source.
Manganese supplementation, when combined with other minerals such as zinc, copper and calcium has been shown to help with postmenopausal osteoporosis. Manganese ascorbate, when combined with chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine hydrochloride was shown to be helpful for those with knee osteoarthritis pain. Manganese may also help with PMS symptoms which can include, depression, anxiety, mood swings and irritability.
Manganese is available as part of vitamin and mineral complex or can be taken as a standalone supplement. Recommended daily intake of manganese varies from 2 to 5 milligrams daily, depending on age and other factors.Click here to discuss this article on forum.
The information supplied in this article is not to be considered as medical advice and is for educational purposes only.
|Minerals29 Nov 2008|