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Monday, December 10, 2012

The Cons Of Manganese

You can easily buy manganese supplements nowadays since it is readily available, but be warned; even though the body needs it, it only needs a small portion and consuming (and even inhaling) larger quantities of manganese is toxic and can lead to manganese poisoning.

The recommended daily amount of manganese differs by age and gender. This list is a good indicator though as to how much might be needed:
•Children 1 - 3 years: 1.2 mg
•Children 4 - 8 years: 1.5 mg
•Males 9 - 13 years: 1.9 mg
•Males 14 - 18 years: 2.2 mg
•Females 9 - 18 years: 1.6 mg
•Males 19 years and older: 2.3 mg
•Females 19 years and older: 1.8 mg
•Pregnant women: 2 mg
•Breastfeeding women: 2.6 mg.

Manganese can also interact with certain medications for high blood pressure such as Reserpine since this can lower the manganese levels in the body. Be also aware that manganese decreases the absorption of Quinolone Antibiotics.

Avoid taking antacids, laxatives, and Tetracycline antibiotics together with manganese supplements, because they can decrease the absorption of it. Recommended is to take the manganese supplements at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after taking the previously mentioned medications.

For those on Haloperidol and/or another antipsychotic it is best to avoid manganese supplements, because they can worsen the symptoms. On the other hand, if you take in a lot of calcium and phosphorus you may need more manganese.

Talk to your doctor first before supplementing. The best way of getting what you need is by eating manganese-rich foods which include pineapple, sweet potatoes, nuts, berries, spinach, broccoli, other leafy green vegetables, whole grains, seeds, avocados, seaweeds, raisins, beans, egg yolks, peas, and oranges.

When confronted with a deficiency of wisdom and knowledge concerning a specific situation, talk to God first before springing into action. It is the best way of getting what you need!

Psalm 136:25
Who gives food to all flesh, For His mercy endures forever.


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