Some interesting facts about manganese:
- Manganese is a trace mineral
Manganese is one of the trace minerals, which means only a small amount of it is required in the diet to ensure good health.
- Manganese is involved in enzyme activation
Manganese plays an important role in a number of metabolic processes in the body, as it is a constituent of some enzymes and an activator of other enzymes. The enzymes activated by manganese play an important role in the metabolism of carbohydrates, amino acids and cholesterol.
- Manganese is concentrated in certain tissues in the body
Manganese levels are the highest in the pituitary gland, liver, pancreas, kidneys and bones.
- Manganese is important for cholesterol
Manganese stimulates the production of cholesterol in the liver, which is important for many metabolic processes in the body.
Manganese plays an important role in a number of metabolic processes in the body, as it is a constituent of some enzymes and an activator of other enzymes
- Manganese enhances metabolism of various nutrients
Manganese plays an important role in the metabolism and utilisation of a number of important nutrients - vitamin C, Vitamin B1 (thiamin), vitamin H (biotin) as well as choline.
- Manganese may become depleted in the soil
Manganese may be depleted in the soil by extensive use of chemical fertilisers or if too much lime is used and food grown in such soil will have a much lower manganese content than food grown in soil using organic growing methods.
- Manganese is lost in processing of flour
When flour is over-processed and over-milled, then a lot of the manganese in the wheat (or other grain produce) can become depleted and the food then contains much less manganese than food produced organically without a high amount of processing.