November 26, 2018

Manganese is a trace mineral that is required by the body for several of its functions. Manganese is an enzyme co-factor that aids in processes such as the metabolism of fats and carbohydrates, balancing blood sugar, immune functions, bone growth, and the production of cellular energy. Manganese can be obtained naturally through food. Foods rich in manganese include green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains, legumes, and tea.

How much manganese is required by the body?

Manganese is required in different levels for men and women and also varies according to age. Men require about 2.3mg of manganese while women require 1.8mg. Children and adolescents require a less amount of manganese.

Manganese deficiency

A manganese deficiency can cause a disruption in several bodily functions as it is required for many enzymes to function. Low manganese levels can cause problems in the skeletal system as it is required for bone and cartilage development. Manganese deficiency also affects wound healing because it is needed for the formation of collagen.

Fat and carbohydrate digestion is impaired when there is insufficient manganese in the system, and the immune system and fertility are also compromised. People with manganese deficiency could also suffer from a blood glucose intolerance.

Manganese Gluconate
Manganese gluconate is the salt of manganese and glutamate acid. The salt can be used as a supplement to treat manganese deficiency. Some of the advantages of manganese gluconate include:

  • Improved bone health.
  • Lowered risk of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.
  • Formation of connective tissue like cartilage, ligaments, and collagen.
  • Promotion of blood clotting for wound healing.
  • Better digestion of fats and carbohydrates for higher energy levels.
  • Regulation of blood sugar.
  • Improved fertility.

Manganese gluconate has a pinkish color and was previously used as a food additive. However, a high level of manganese gluconate can cause toxicity which is why it is no longer used in the food industry.

Manganese gluconate toxicity

When used as a supplement the levels of manganese gluconate are highly regulated. It is essential to stick to the recommended dosage when taking manganese gluconate. Levels of manganese gluconate of 15mg and above can lead to toxicity. Some of the symptoms of manganese gluconate toxicity include indigestion, vomiting, diarrhea, depression, and anxiety.

When taking manganese gluconate along with iron and calcium supplements, it is advisable to take the supplements at least three to four hours apart from each other. Taking the supplements individually and over a period of time improves their absorption by the body.

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