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Tuesday, December 04, 2012

The Pros Of Manganese

When looking at the labels of nutritional information, you will often find manganese on the list. But what is manganese and what does it do?

Manganese is a so called trace mineral which can be found mainly in the bones, kidneys, liver, and pancreas. It so turns out that the body needs manganese to stimulate enzymes for an optimal metabolism of carbohydrates, amino acids, cholesterol.

It is essential for forming and maintaining bones and connective tissue, thyroid function, and the absorption of calcium, vitamin E, B, and magnesium. It is also needed for blood sugar regulation, immune function, and for an optimal production of supplying energy generated by the cells (Mitochondria) of the body.

A deficiency of manganese can result in a wide variety of symptoms and conditions such as slow healing wounds, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, joint pain, inflammation, arthritis, bursitis, dermatitis, Parkinson's disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension, heart disorders, memory loss, muscle contractions, and more.

Deficiency can occur due to an improper diet, but it can also be the result of some cancer fighting drugs which immobilize manganese or a high intake of iron, magnesium, and calcium which inhibit proper absorption and function of manganese.

There are both pros and cons to manganese and I will get around to the latter soon. The best thing is to ensure you are eating healthy and nutritious. That shouldn't be so hard to do since God has provided all we need!

Acts 14:17
Nevertheless He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good, gave us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness."


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