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Manganese FactsheetBy Jacinda Yang

Within our bodies, free radicals occur naturally, causing damage to cell membranes and DNA. These free radicals take a large role in aging and the development of health conditions, including cancer and heart disease. Manganese, as a co-factor of an enzyme, manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD), can aid in the neutralization of free radicals; reducing and sometimes even preventing the damage.

Manganese is a trace mineral, required in miniscule amounts by our bodies. It is mostly found within the bones, liver and pancreas. It also plays a significant role in the formation of sex hormones, bones, connective tissues and blood-clotting factors. In addition to this, manganese is extremely helpful in fat and carbohydrate metabolism, calcium absorption, and blood sugar regulation. Despite its miniscule portion, manganese also aids within the brain and nerve function.

Manganese is found in many foods, including those of mussels, whole grains and nuts, as well as those depicted within this fact sheet.

If your body becomes deficient of manganese, it can lead to infertility, bone malformation, weakness and seizures. However, an overdose of manganese can also lead to nervous system defects and neurological disorders.Manganese is believe to help osteoporosis (bone health), arthritis, premenstrual syndrome (fewer mood swings and cramps), diabetes, and epilepsy, though most require more study to confirm such claims.



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