Manganese is an important trace mineral that is vital in our bodies (don’t confuse it with magnesium). It assists the production of digestive enzymes, collagen formation, bone development and is required by our immune system.
Manganese can be consumed by eating grains, legumes, beans, nuts and seeds. To some extent, it’s also found in fruits and vegetables. The RDA for manganese not established, but 2-5mg per day is thought to be adequate. Most multi-vitamins contain an adequate daily dose. Our body stores up to about 20 mg of manganese in the kidneys, liver, pancreas and bones.
- Manganese is an important element for normal growth and reproduction. It accumulates in the hypothalamus and is thought to be critical in stimulating the onset of puberty.
- Manganese works with calcium deficiency and phosphorus, particularly in bone formation.
- Manganese is required for the activation of prolidase. This is the enzyme that provide the amino acid, proline, for collagen formation in human skin cells.