Manganese is an essential Mineral (Though in Trace Quantities!) found in our Bones, Pancreas, Liver & Kidneys. It is a constituent (& Catalytic in Physiological Actions) of various Enzymes. An average adult has about 10-20 mg in The Body.

What Manganese Does? It does following in the body:

  • Anti-Oxidant (Component of Strong Anti-Oxidant Enzyme Manganese Superoxide Dismutase (MnSOD)),
  • Forms Connective Tissue-Bones-Calcium Absorption,
  • Formation of Platelets – Blood Clotting Function-Wound Healing,
  • Important Role in Fats-Carbohydrates-Amino Acids Metabolism – Blood-Sugar Regulation,
  • Nervous System & Brain Functions,
  • Sex-Reproductive Hormones.

Reasons for Shortage of Manganese: Un-Balance-Adulterated Diet, Side-Effects of Medicines, Consumption of Iron above Optimal Levels (Increased iron Content hampers manganese Absorption from Diet).

Manganese Deficiency may lead to:

  • Infertility – Impaired Reproductory Functions,
  • Impaired Carbohydrate-Lipid Metabolism-Insulin Resistance-Diabetes Mellitus,
  • Bones Mal-Formation,
  • Fatigue,
  • Seizures-Epilepsy…

Magnesium Toxicity (Reasons):

  • Iron Deficiency in Blood Serum (Which leads to manganese Accumulation in Brain),
  • Manganese Toxicity rapidly occurs in subjects with Liver Ailments-Cirrhosis-Liver Failures (As Manganese is Mostly eliminated from Body Via Bile only).

Rich Source of Manganese:

Plant Sources:           Wheat Germ, Cereals, Oats, Whole Grains (Un-Refined-Un-Processed), Legumes, Nuts (Almonds, Peanuts), Seeds, Black Sesame Seeds Oil, Brown Rice, Pumpkin seeds.

Herbs & Spices:         Chillies, Fennel Seeds (सौंफ), Cloves…

Fruit Sources:            Pine-Apple.

Animal Sources:        A2 Milk, A2 Ghee.

Daily Recommended Values:

Adults:                        2 – 3 mg/Day.

Contra-Indications: Excess of Manganese May lead to:

  • Neurological Disorders-Poor Cognitive Performance-Parkinson’s Disease (Welders and Smelters),
  • Improper Iron (& Other Minerals) Absorption in the Body,
  • Skin Disorders.
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