There are many great tasting foods and spices that contain high levels of manganese. Some of the best sources include cinnamon, pineapple, spinach, turmeric, kale, garlic, strawberries, etc. You are probably wondering, what can manganese rich foods do for me? There are several important functions in the body that rely on manganese. This trace mineral participates in many enzyme systems throughout the body. Here are a few other functions that are more common to most of us:
- Helps protect our cells from free radical damage (cellular oxidation)
- Keeps bones stronger and healthier
- Maintains normal blood sugar levels
- Promotes optimal function of your thyroid gland
- Maintains the health of our nerves/nervous system
- Enhances the body’s ability to synthesize cholesterol
Manganese is found widely in nature, but occurs only in trace amounts in our tissues. While only little is found in our body, it plays a huge role in maintaining our health through being a vital cofactor of very important enzymes. Like other minerals, the body cannot make manganese. Therefore, we must select foods to eat that contain this important mineral.
How do you know if you might need more manganese rich foods in your diet?
Blood tests can confirm if you are deficient in such minerals or other nutrients. Other indications of being deficient in manganese could include:
- High blood sugar levels
- Excessive bone loss
- Low cholesterol levels
- Loss of hair color
- Skin rash
- Reproductive system difficulties
Don’t be afraid to get your blood tested to check for nutritional deficiencies. Keep in mind, it is much easier to correct a problem if it is caught earlier than later.
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