Manganese plays an important role in the human body!Manganese is a mineral found in large quantities
in both plant and animal matter. Only trace amounts of this element can be found in human tissue. Manganese is predominantly stored in the bones, liver, kidney, and pancreas. It aids in the formation of connective tissue, bones, blood-clotting factors, and sex hormones and plays a role in fat and carbohydrate metabolism, calcium absorption, and blood sugar regulation. Manganese is also necessary for normal brain and nerve function.Manganese is a component of the antioxidant enzyme
Manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD). Antioxidants scavenge damaging particles in the body known as free radicals. These particles occur naturally in the body but can damage cell membranes, interact with genetic material, and possibly contribute to the aging process as well as the development of a number of health conditions. Antioxidants such as MnSOD can neutralize free radicals and may reduce or even help prevent some of the damage they cause.Low levels of Manganese in the body
can contribute to infertility, bone malformation, weakness, and seizures. Manganese deficiencies are considered rare, however, since it is relatively easy to obtain adequate amounts of Manganese through the diet. Interestingly, though, some experts estimate that as many as 37 of Americans do not get the recommended daily amounts of Manganese in their diet. This may be due to the fact that whole grains are a major source of dietary manganese, and many Americans consume refined grains more often than whole grains. Refined grains provide half the amount of Manganese as whole grains.Apart from its uses in rare overt
deficiency disorders, Manganese might be helpful for those with osteoporosis and osteoarthritis as well as individuals with premenstrual syndrome (PMS). However, evidence substantiating these benefits is inconclusive.Manganese supplementation, in combination
with calcium, zinc, and copper, has shown some efficacy in postmenopausal osteoporosis. Manganese ascorbate, in combination with glucosamine hydrochloride and chondroitin sulfate, was helpful when used in connection with knee osteoarthritis pain in a recent randomized double-blind placebo-controlled pilot study. Follow up on these studies is needed. Similarly, there is an isolated study needing follow up that suggested some possible benefit from Manganese in alleviating some PMS symptoms including anxiety, depression, irritability, and mood swings.
FDA: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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