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Manganese | Health Benefits | Symptoms of Deficiency

Whether the manganese is essential to man?


Manganese (Mn) is recognized as fifth important mineral for normal functioning of the body. It belongs to the trace elements and and what is important to know - manganese was found in organic form bounded in core of planet Earth, in a very small concentration of 0.08%.

Manganese (Mn) is recognized as fifth important mineral for normal functioning of the body. It belongs to the trace elements and and what is important to know - manganese was found in organic form bounded in core of planet Earth, in a very small concentration of 0.08%.


In the food used for human consumption manganese is present in harmonious concentrations and is found in many foodstuffs, so it rarely comes to deficit of manganese.

As well as other metals and manganese is toxic, particularly when the organism is exposed to long-term effects of manganese.

Poisoning with manganese through food isn’t possible, because the manganese isn’t present in that quantity that could lead to poisoning. 

But, taking certain supplements, and work in the chemical industry where manganese is used, may be essential conditions for the overuse of manganese and appearance of poisoning.


In which food can be found manganese?


Manganese is a mineral that is found in foods of plant and animal origin. We’ll mention some of them:

- Green tea
- Nuts (hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts)
- Exotic fruits (pineapple, banana, coconut)
- Grains (rye, oats, rice)
- Vegetables (peas, spinach, onions, lettuce, cabbage, beets)
- Fruits (chestnut, blackberry, raspberry, currant)
- Seeds and spices
- Seafood
- Olives
- The liver and kidneys of animals
- Yolk

The recommended daily dosage of manganese is from 2-5 mg. 

Manganese has an affinity to deposited in the body, mainly in the kidneys, liver, bones and pancreas, in a concentration of 10 - 20mg.

Bad influence on the absorption of manganese has too much presence of other minerals - iron, magnesium and calcium because they have a common protein that binds during absorption.

What are the Health Benefits of Manganese?


1. Foster the development and growth of bones.  Manganese has role in the prevention of bone demineralization thereby preventing the development of osteoporosis

2. It regulates the work of thyroid gland

3. Regulates secretion of sex hormones

4. Regulates blood sugar levels

5. Participates in metabolic processes

6. Impact on the nervous system and the brain

7. The antioxidant role

8. Role in maintaining the immune system

9. Role in the construction of the connective tissue and collagen

10. Participates in the processes of coagulation

Symptoms of manganese deficiency


Manganese deficiency is very rare, because the food contains sufficient concentration of manganese. 

Some of the symptoms that are related to the deficit of manganese are nonspecific and are represented as:

- Slow growth in children
- Poor bone mineralization
- Intensified or reduced activity of the thyroid gland
- Pain and inflammatory forms in joints
- Slow growth of hair and nails

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