What is Manganese?
Manganese is a trace mineral, meaning that it is required as a nutrient in small amounts relative to other minerals such as calcium and potassium. Manganese plays an important role in the formation of certain enzymes, including those needed for the synthesis of cartilage and other enzymes with significant antioxidant properties. Most of the manganese in a human body is concentrated in the bones, though there are also quantities of the mineral in the liver, kidneys, pancreas, adrenal glands, and brains.

What are the health benefits of Manganese?
Given its natural occurrence in the bones, the primary use of manganese as a supplement is to prevent bone loss in conditions such as osteoporosis. Those that are deficient in manganese may experience excessive bone loss, nausea, vomiting, skin rash, loss of hair color, dizziness, and loss of hearing.

Manganese, in addition to treating bone loss and osteoporosis, may be used to treat joint stiffness associated with arthritis, low immune function associated with chronic fatigue syndrome, tinnitus, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and certain forms of heart disease.

What foods are good sources of Manganese?
Manganese may be found in spinach, mustard greens, kale, chard, collard greens, leeks, broccoli, beets, pineapple, raspberries, brown rice, oats, rye, garbanzo beans, soybeans, tempeh, maple syrup, molasses, cloves, and garlic.

Where can I find Manganese?
Manganese is available as a supplement online, in health food stores, in pharmacies, and in the offices of alternative medical practitioners.

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