Manganese is a mineral essential for healthy bone, skin, connective tissue, nerves, and cartilage, and for the activation of the important antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD). SOD helps prevent inflammation and free radical damage to the cells. Manganese is involved in many enzyme reactions, including those responsible for controlling blood sugar levels. It assists in blood clotting, the production of energy from food, and in the synthesis of protein. It is also essential for nervous system function and fat and vitamin metabolism.
Good Food Sources: Nuts, wheat bran, avocados, leafy green vegetables, pineapple, dried fruits, coffee, tea, and seeds.
Signs of Deficiency: Signs of manganese deficiency include cartilage problems, infertility, problems with fat and carbohydrate metabolism, and birth defects. Serious manganese deficiencies are rare. People with osteoporosis usually have low blood levels of manganese and can benefit from supplementation, as can people with diabetes.
Uses of Manganese : Manganese is used to treat diabetes and ear infections