Minerals and why we need them
Manganese RDA 2.5-5 mg.
Manganese serves many functions in your body. It primarily works as a coenzyme that facilitates various metabolic processes. The benefits of manganese in the body vary largely. It is involved in thyroid function, formation of connective tissues, calcium absorption, blood sugar regulation, immune function, cellular energy, reproduction and bone growth, and in fat and carbohydrate metabolism.
Manganese is an essential trace mineral that is required in small amounts to manufacture enzymes necessary for the metabolism of proteins and fat, and activate one or more enzymes in fatty acid and cholesterol synthesis. Manganese also activates the enzymes responsible for DNA and RNA production. Closely associated with copper and zinc, manganese also participates directly in the photosynthetic creation of oxygen from water. Manganese also aids blood-clotting factors and sex hormones.Manganese and its role within the nervous system
Due to the diverse duties of manganese within the body, low levels will inevitably result in the malfunctioning of the nervous system.Symptoms associated with manganese deficiency
Muscle weakness - poor memory - dark red skin spots - diabetes - hypoglycaemia - atherosclerosis - schizophrenia - bone deformities - mucus problems - impotence and/or sterility - poor muscle co -ordination - inner ear problems - dizziness - bone calcium loss - dermatitis - abnormal blood sugar metabolism - low chloesterol levels - nerve and muscle disorders.Excess Manganese Above the RDA for manganese is not recommended.
Best food sources
Whole grains - nuts - tea - beans - leafy green vegetables.