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Manganese is an important trace mineral in the human body. Manganese occasionally replaces Magnesium in the biological system. Manganese is one of the components of some enzymes in the human body. This mineral is vital for proper functioning of the brain and it is scientifically proven that it is efficiency in treatment against some diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia, arthritis, epilepsy, diabetes, heart disease, atherosclerosis and muscle weakness.

Manganese food sources: grains, green leaves, whole wheat bread, legumes, liver, root vegetables, nuts and avocado (great source).

Manganese fills many important roles. Manganese:

- Manganese fills a role in the development of photosynthesis - Manganese ions in the active center of the light system catalyze the reaction of water dissolution and creation of acid.

- Fills an important role in the creation of Thyroid thyroxin

- Is required for fatty acid synthesis and for the production of melanin.

- Plays a role in the Calcium metabolism, a Manganese deficiency causes problems in the absorption of Calcium in bones.

- Activates many enzyme.

- Helps utilize thiamin.

- Helps utilize Vitamin E (tocopherol) 

- Helps utilize iron

- Increases the production of Mother’s milk.

- Activates many enzymes that regulate the blood glucose level. Has a part in carbohydrate metabolism.

- Is required for poronium metabolism.

- Helps in the production of synovial fluid in the joints

Manganese deficiency may lead to a variety of problems, including the following ones:

- Heart diseases

- Dermatitis

- Lower cholesterol levels (HDL - good cholesterol)

- Accelerated loss of muscle mass

- Reduced fertility

- Slow down children growth

- Low blood glucose level

- Middle ear issues that lead to difficulty with keeping in balance.