Manganese is a trace nutrient that is present in the body in very tiny amounts. It lives mostly in our bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas. Manganese is extremely important for the body as it helps form connective tissue, bones, blood clotting factors, and sex hormones. It’s also important for fat and carbohydrate metabolism, calcium absorption, and blood sugar regulation. On top of that, manganese is necessary for normal brain and nerve function.
Although it’s important for us to consume manganese, it’s also important to note that manganese, when the body is exposed to too much, is potentially toxic. Exposure from environmental or occupational elements can lead to high levels of manganese in the body tissues which can cause neuropathy disorders resembling idiopathic Parkinson’s disease. Manganese exposure (particular at high levels) in early life may also impact neurodevelopment which can be linked to poor cognitive performance in children whilst at school.
7 foods that contain manganese
- Wheat germ
- Bulgar wheat
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