Manganese is an essential mineral that is required for normal function, growth and development.
It’s also a critical part of the enzymes superoxide dismutase and glutamine synthetase. These two enzymes are critical for reducing oxidative stress, energy production, nutrient metabolism, brain function and more.
1. Powerful Antioxidant
Manganese is a key part of the enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD) by forming MnSOD.
MnSOD is the most important antioxidant enzyme for cellular defense against the damaging effects of reactive oxygen species. In addition MnSOD helps to protect the body from inflammation from external sources.1
A deficiency in manganese can cause reduced MnSOD activity which can result in a higher level of oxidative stress while manganese supplementation has been shown to increase MnSOD activity and lower oxidative stress.2
Manganese helps optimize the activity of the potent antioxidant MnSOD.
2. Bone Health
Manganese is an essential mineral for bone health.
In 2 year placebo controlled study of 59 post menopausal women researchers found that supplementation with calcium and trace minerals including manganese not only prevented bone loss but increased bone density. One of the other groups supplementing with only calcium experienced bone loss.3
Magnesium supplementation may help prevent bone loss.
3. Thyroid Health
Manganese plays a critical part in the production of the thyroid hormone called thyroxine which is also called T4.
Normal levels of thyroid hormones are essential to maintain an optimal weight, metabolism and appetite.
A deficiency in manganese can reduce thyroid function and lead to less thyroxine.4
In a 2015 comparative study of young women with thyroid disorders researchers noted that hypothyroid patients had low serum tests for manganese.5
Manganese is needed for the production of thyroxine which is essential for thyroid health.
4. Skin Health
Manganese is also important for skin health.
Researchers noted in a study published in the Journal of Free Radical Research that manganese helps protect dermal fibroblasts against oxidative damage from reactive oxygen species.6 Dermal fibroblasts help the skin recover from injury.
Further research supports manganese accelerating wound healing.7
Manganese is an important mineral that can help the skin recover from injury faster.
5. Helps Nutrient Metabolism
Manganese aids the digestion and utilization of proteins and amino acids. It’s also needed for the metabolism of carbohydrates and cholesterol.8
Manganese is an important mineral for nutrient metabolism.
Manganese is an important mineral that may help improve thyroid, bone and skin health in addition to it’s function as a potent antioxidant.*
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