Magnesium: Important for healthy functioning of the kidneys, muscles and heart.
Manganese is essential for proper and normal growth of human bone structure. It is a very effective mineral
in aiding in the increase of the mineral density of spinal bone. Many women suffer from manganese
deficiency after they go through menopause, so increasing the amount of trace minerals that women
consume is an important factor in preventing fractures. Although research has yet to consistently prove that
manganese can prevent osteoporosis, it is believed to be one of the contributing factors that slow down the
progress of that debilitating disease.
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Manganese helps absorb vitamins like vitamin B and E and minerals like magnesium. This is due to the role of
manganese in the enzymatic reactions that are required to absorb and utilize vitamins taken in from food.
Manganese is one of the most versatile co-factors for enzymatic reactions, and if there is a risk of having a
deficiency in certain vitamins, then be sure to increase levels of manganese, as long as they are still within
safe and non-toxic levels.
Manganese has been seen to alleviate anxiety, irritability, mood swings and depression in women (especially
those linked with PMS). Studies have shown a connection between low levels of various trace minerals,
including manganese, in women who suffered from particularly severe PMS symptoms.
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Inflammation and Sprains
Manganese is a widely known remedy for sprains as well as inflammation as it helps in increasing the level of
superoxide dismutase. This increased level is due to the antioxidant properties of the mineral. Superoxide
dismutase, also known as SOD, is normally found in very low levels in patients with arthritis. SOD has anti-
inflammatory qualities which arthritis sufferers desperately need, so adding manganese back into the body to
increase synthesis and function of SOD has been connected with a decrease in symptoms of this condition,
according to various studies.
Manganese has also exhibited efficiency in controlling the level of sugar in human blood. This may further
prevent the occurrence of certain diseases like diabetes. To control the level of sugar in the blood,
manganese normalizes insulin synthesis and secretion, and the unpredictable drops in blood sugar can be
better regulated, providing a more normal and functional life for diabetics.
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biological samples of diabetes mellitus patients. Biol Trace Elem Res. 2008 Apr;122(1):1-18.