Benefits Of “Manganese” Supplements
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Coffee and tea is a good source
The potential benefits of manganese is it may help protect bones, guard against heart disease and other degenerative disease. It is also used to treat diabetes and ear infections.
Manganese, along with other minerals like calcium, zinc, and copper, is important to the health of your bones as well as the health of some other important parts of your body.
Some animal studies have shown a deficiency in this mineral may cause skeletal defects and bone problems similar to osteoporosis, plus reproductive problems possibly caused by bone problems in the fetuses.
Professor Constance Kies, Ph.D. says “Manganese seems to be very important in creating the framework on which bone is built. And if a solid framework is not there, no matter how much calcium you consume, there is no way for new bone to be deposited.”
Preliminary research also indicates that this dietary mineral may help protect against degenerative diseases such as heart disease. It acts as an antioxidant, a substance that neutralizes harmful free oxygen molecules that can cause wear and tear in our bodies. Other dietary minerals acting as antioxidants include copper, molybdenum, and selenium.
Intake set for manganese by the Food and Nutrition Board is 2 to 5 milligrams for adults. Studies suggest that you may need the whole 5 milligrams. Women with osteoporosis, in particular, should eat plenty of manganese rich foods.
Iron, calcium, fiber, and sugar can all interfere with the absorption or retention of this mineral. A deficiency can only be determined by a blood analysis.
Over the counter antacids that contain calcium and calcium supplements may contain manganese. High blood levels of it could result in symptoms similar to those of Parkinson's disease, including trembling, shuffling and slow movements.
Manganese poisoning has resulted from taking large doses of mineral supplements over a long period of time and drinking well water contaminated from batteries buried in the ground.
Miners exposed to the dust of this mineral have experienced manganese intoxication with symptoms including laughter, delusions, hallucinations, and increased sexuality; followed by deep depression and inability to stay awake.
As with any dietary supplement, manganese supplements should be used in amounts typically recommended for nutritional purposes only.
MANGANESE RICH FOODS:
Nuts, seeds, leafy green vegetables, wheat bran, avocados, dried fruits, pineapple, coffee and tea.
The best herbal source of manganese is burdock, cascara sagrada, chamomile and red raspberry.
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