Manganese is an important component of many enzyme systems which are involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. In combination with choline, it helps in the digestion and utilization of fat.
Manganese helps to nourish the nerves and brain and assists in the proper coordinative action between the brain, nerves, and muscles in every part of the body. It is also involved in normal reproduction and the function of mammary glands.
Nuts, whole grains, and dried legumes are excellent sources of manganese.
Symptoms Of Manganese Deficiency
A prolonged deficiency of manganese may cause retarded growth, digestive disorders, abnormal bone development, and deformities.
It may also cause male and female sterility and sexual impotence in men. However, the human body obtains sufficient manganese through normal dietary intake, so a deficiency syndrome is rare.
Since manganese deficiency rarely occurs, the supplement of this element is seldom prescribed.
Precautions: Toxic symptoms have been reported to occur in mine workers due to inhalation of dust from manganese ores. The symptoms are blurred speech, tremors of the hands and a spastic gait.