Metabolism. Activates enzymes required to digest and synthesize fatty acids and cholesterol, metabolize carbohydrates and proteins. Manganese-activated enzymes are also important to normal bone and cartilage growth, and keep bones strong and healthy.
Antioxidant. Fights free radicals that causes damages to cells throughout the body.
Blood sugar control. Manganese is required to assist multiple enzymes in a process called gluconeogenesis. Gluconeogenesis is the scientific term for conversion of substances like amino acids or organic acids into sugar.
Food with Manganese
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Manganese deficiency symptoms
- high blood pressure
- stunted growth
- digestive disorders
- skin rashes
- bone deformation
- poor eyesight
Recommended Dietary Allowances:
Infants (0 to 12 Months): 0.003 – 0.6 mg/day
Children (1 to 13 Years): 1.2 – 1.9 mg/day
Adolescents (14 to 18 Years): 1.6 – 2.2 mg/day
Adults (19 and older): 1.8 – 2.3 mg/day
Lactating Women: 2.6 mg/day
Pregnant Women: 2 mg/day