Manganese is a mineral essential to human health that plays many roles, including aiding brain and nerve function, blood sugar regulation, and bone and connective tissue health.

Health considerations

Manganese may help minimize osteoporosis damage when taken with other essential elements; may reduce PMS symptoms; may improve cholesterol profiles in diabetics; and may help reduce pain in arthritic patients.

Keep in mind

Manganese poisoning is uncommon outside of industries that deal directly with it, though early exposure is associated with delayed neurodevelopment. Manganese deficiency, however, is estimated to occur in up to 37% of Americans, particularly those with refined-grain-based diets.

May be found in

Whole grains, nuts, seeds


University of Maryland Medical Center
Food Standards Agency

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