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Manganese as a Supplement: How Does It Help Your Health?

By    |   Monday, 20 October 2014 04:18 PM

Manganese is an essential mineral used in the body for a variety of chemical processes, working with enzymes to break down fat, carbohydrates and proteins.

The body requires very little manganese to function properly, and the Mayo Clinic said manganese deficiencies have not been reported in humans. In animals, low levels of the mineral have caused problems with bone and cartilage formation, growth problems, and possibly issues with the way the body uses sugar.

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Manganese supplements are considered possibly effective in treating osteoporosis, or weak bones, when taken orally along with calcium, zinc and copper, according to WebMD.

But other suggested uses for manganese need more research, WebMD said. Those include the treatment of premenstrual syndrome, anemia, and osteoarthritis.

WebMD said initial research has indicated that supplements of calcium and manganese seem to improve PMS symptoms, but those studies haven’t been able to pinpoint whether the improvement was due to calcium or manganese.

The Mayo Clinic said manganese is often found in supplements containing chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine, typically taken for joint pain and wellness. The organization cautioned against taking more than 11 mg of manganese daily, which can cause harm, and said to track how much is in such supplements to avoid overdosing.

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However, Oregon State’s Linus Pauling Institute referred to two studies that found taking glucosamine, chondroitin, and manganese helped pain due to mild or moderate osteoarthritis. The dose in those studies exceeded 30 mg per day, LPI said.

“No adverse effects were reported during either study, and blood manganese levels were not measured,” LPI said.

Individuals who may be particularly affected by high levels of manganese include those with chronic liver disease, newborns, children, and populations who are iron deficient, LPI said.

Many foods offer options to increase your manganese intake. Some of those are pineapple (raw and juice), pecans, almonds, peanuts, instant oatmeal, raisin bran cereal, brown rice, whole wheat bread, pinto, lima and navy beans, spinach, sweet potato, and green and black tea, LPI said.

This article is for information only and is not intended as medical advice. Talk with your doctor about your specific health and medical needs.

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