HOW TO RECOGNIZE A SHORTAGE OF MANGANESE
Manganese is an essential trace element nutrient that contains a lot of antioxidant properties. Manganese also helps to process various enzymes, like carbohydrates, cholesterol, and amino acids. It’s also present in an enzyme that create proline, a substance that helps to form collagen: what your skin is made of. This helps to speed up wound recovery.
Magnganese is a important trace elemnt to the human body. Since our body is unable to create this trace element itself, we need to get manganese from our foods. While an overdose of manganese can be toxic, a deficiency also brings about several negative effects on your health. Luckily, manganese naturally appears in various food sources, like legumes, nuts, beans, whole wheat, leafy greens, dark chocolate and plankton.
Manganese is fairly unknown and is therefore not mentioned in the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA), and the Food and Nutrition Board (FNB). However, men should consume about 2.3mg per day, while women should consume 1.8mg per day (1
There are certain groups of people that have a higher risk of creating a manganese deficiency. Those people may benefit from using manganese supplements next to their daily meals. It is, however, important to note that if you suspect you have a shortage of manganese, you should always consult a doctor before taking any supplements.
People with more risk of getting a manganese deficiency are:
- People following a vegetarian or vegan diet (2
- People with diabetes,
- People with dialyzes or kidney dialyzes, ,
- People with osteoporosis,
- Children with Perthes disease (hip disorder),
- Breast feeding women.
A shortage of manganese can be recognized by the following symptoms. If you recognize one or more, please consult your physician.