An activator of numerous enzymes including those involved in utilization of biotin, thiamine and vitamin C. Often lacking in soil and diet, then further depleted by food processing. Supplementation is advisable.
Roles of Manganese in your body
- essential for energy production
- involved in glucose tolerance
- helps maintain the integrity of tendons and ligaments
- essential for bone development
Functions of Manganese
- Nervous system - synthesis of neurotransmitters
- Reproductive system - fertility
- Endocrine system - required for normal adrenal and thyroid gland activity
- Skeletal - tendons, ligaments, connective tissue
- Metabolic- energy production, glucose tolerance, utilization of fats and carbohydrates,
- Detoxification- involved in superoxide dismutase
Deficiency Symptoms: allergies, diabetes, dizziness, fatigue, fractures or osteoporosis, hypoglycemia, myasthenia gravis, ringing in the ears, weakness, muscular, weak ligaments and tendons.
Excess Symptoms: anorexia, ataxia, iron deficiency, neurological symptoms, schizophrenia.
Synergistic Nutrients: zinc, choline, vitamin K
Antagonistic Nutrients: Absorption - calcium, phosphorus, iron, soy protein, iron. Metabolic - copper, magnesium, iron, vanadium.
Hair Analysis Notes
Manganese is called the maternal mineral because manganese-deficient animals show reduced maternal caring for their young.
High Hair Manganese:
May be due to manganese toxicity derived from drinking water containing excessively high levels of manganese.
Low Hair Manganese:
Low hair manganese levels are extremely common. However, if the manganese level is below 30 it is considered very low. Low manganese usually correlates with slow oxidation and low energy levels.
Reasons for Manganese Supplementation
- To raise low sodium levels.
- To lower excessive iron, copper or other toxic metal levels.
- To correct a low sodium/potassium ratio.
Nuts/Seeds - sunflower, coconuts, peanuts, pecans, walnuts, chestnuts, almonds, brazil nuts
Fruits - blueberries, olives, avocados, apples, pears
Vegetables - corn, corn germ, parsley, legumes, kale, lettuce, asparagus, kelp
Grains - wheat, wheat germ and bran, rice, barley, oats, buckwheat, rye
Miscellaneous - kelp, cloves, tea
The Effects of Manganese on Personality
Key words: maternal element, a feminine element, blood sugar regulator
Low Manganese: fatigue, lethargic, reduced maternal behavior in animal experiments
High Manganese: rigid, schizophrenia, other mental difficulties