Manganese – from the Greek word for MAGIC


Today, Ms.Charmaine D’Souza –  Nutrition and Health Consultant will be talking about the importance of Manganese.

The mineral manganese is a catalyst for enzyme action and synthesis of fatty acids and cholesterol. It is necessary for the digestion of protein, for glucose regulation and thyroid activity. It is also needed for normal bone formation and development.

Manganese has also been found to increase the activity of the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase.

Possible signs of deficiency 

• Joint pains
• Bursitis, tendonitis
• Being prone to injuries
• Weak knees
• Creaking or clicking of joints

Cause of deficiency 

Dietary deficiencies or genetic inheritance is the cause of manganese deficiency.

Effects of deficiency

• Achy joints are perhaps the most recognized effect of the lack of manganese. 
• Low levels of manganese in the system cause weak ligaments and over the years the body compensates by adding extra calcium to the joints to firm them up and keep them together, causing stiff joints. 
• Deficiency of manganese may also lead to osteoporosis, diabetes and epileptic seizures.


• A supplement is advisable only when a manganese deficiency has progressed enough to exhibit some or all of the symptoms above. Otherwise it is readily available from dietary sources. 
• Supplementation range : 8 to 25 mg daily. 
• Supplements can be used in the treatment of sprains, inflammation, epilepsy and diabetes.

Dietary sources of Manganese

• Nuts like pistachios, walnuts, cashews and almonds 
• Dark green leafy vegetables, celery, green peas, beetroot 
• Egg yolk, liver 
• Whole grains and bran 
• Legumes, avocado, apples, bananas, pineapple 
• Green tea 
• Dark chocolate

Please note

Foods high in phytic acid such as beans, seeds, nuts, whole grains, and soy products or foods high in oxalic acid such as cabbage, spinach, and sweet potatoes may slightly inhibit manganese absorption. Although teas are rich sources of manganese, the tannins present in tea may moderately reduce the absorption of manganese. Intake of other minerals including iron, calcium and phosphorus have been found to limit the retention of manganese.

Stay blessed with good health …always!!!

Warm regards,
Charmaine D’Souza

This post is republished from the blog with the permission of  Ms Charmaine D’Souza.  

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About the Author:

Charmaine D’Souza, is a nutrition and health consultant with more than 25 years of experience in assisting clients who are interested in improving their health and general well-being through better nutrition and healthy changes in their lifestyle. Charmaine is a great believer in the freedom of choice in healthcare. In order to have this freedom, one must have information about the different systems of healing.Charmaine is the author of two nutrition books published by Random House India called Kitchen Clinic and Blood Sugar and Spice. 

Charmaine and her team work with clients through individualized, one-on-one sessions to offer sound nutrition and health guidelines based on Naturopathy. With the philosophy of Naturopathy, their aim is to treat the individual in body, mind, and spirit.Charmaine’s methods include a recipe for a spice and herb mix and a therapeutic water infusion along with a basic diet plan that is geared toward improving the health of the client.

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