In the 1930s, it was discovered that the human body requires a small intake of dietary manganese daily. Aiding bone production, healthy skin, optimal blood sugar control, and the prevention of free radical damage, manganese is known to support a number of organs and internal systems. These are some of the reasons we include manganese in our Trace Minerals supplement.
In regards to bone structure and function, manganese has been shown to be particularly beneficial when combined with zinc and copper. In addition, manganese has been shown to support reduced cellular damage and inflammation, while stabilizing blood sugar levels, enhancing brain power, and contributing to optimal thyroid function.
Although you naturally store small amounts of manganese in your pancreas, liver, kidneys, and bones, you will also need to consume this trace mineral through dietary sources or through supplementation.
In regards to general health, manganese is part of the enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD), which is one of the most important antioxidants in the human body. Helping to combat free radicals, which contribute to poor cardiovascular and heart function, as well as aging, manganese supports long-term wellness.
In fact, studies have shown that low levels of SOD and an overall poor antioxidant status may play a more significant role in poor cardiovascular function than cholesterol. Similarly, manganese may also reduce inflammation based on its relationship with SOD.
From optimal blood sugar regulation to the enhanced metabolism of nutrients, manganese is critical — yet poor dietary habits can cause deficiencies. Considering it is an essential trace mineral for every life form, regular consumption is imperative for optimal health.