Last Modified on Apr 20, 2014
A mineral found in several common foods, manganese is often used as a medicinal treatment. Useful for preventing and eliminating a variety of conditions, manganese is a particularly effective treatment option. Considered an essential nutrient, manganese is involved in many of the chemical processes in the body that help regulate overall health and wellness.
What is Manganese?
A mineral found in large quantities in both plant and animal sources, manganese is a vital nutrient. While the nutrient is stored in the bones, liver, kidney, and pancreas, it is only found in trace amounts in these human tissues.
In any case, it is an important nutrient that is involved in forming connective tissue and bones, clotting the blood, producing sex hormones, metabolizing carbohydrates, absorbing calcium and regulating blood sugar. It also plays a role in brain and nerve function.
Natural food sources are the most effective option for boosting manganese intake. The most effective sources of manganese include raspberries, pineapple, garlic, grapes, and beetroot. Green beans, rice, peppermint, oats and nuts as well as other fruits and leafy green vegetables are also good sources of the nutrient. The nutrient can also be obtained through dietary supplements and is often found in conjunction with chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine hydrochloride.
Health Benefits of Manganese
In any of its forms, manganese possesses a number of healthful benefits. The nutrient is effective for supporting healthy bone structure and development, eliminating free radicals in the body, regulating blood sugar levels, and preventing epileptic seizures.
The nutrient is also effective for supporting the body’s metabolism, reducing inflammation, relieving pain, preventing osteoporosis, alleviating premenstrual syndrome, and promoting thyroid health. Additionally, manganese supports the brain and nervous system, glucose metabolism, and digestive health.
As such, manganese can be used to treat a variety of health conditions. Bursitis, ganglion cysts, arthritis, and a variety of other conditions typically respond well to treatment using manganese.
Caution must be used when taking manganese, as it is considered a toxic trace mineral. As such, an individual cannot take too much or too little of the supplement, lest an imbalance occur. When taken in appropriate doses, however, the benefits of manganese are numerous.
[YEA] Some years ago I had a hair mineral analysis done. In general, the profile of minerals was on the low end of the normal range. However, copper was only about 85% of the minimum considered normal and manganese was only about 50%. I have severe food allergies and apparently the inflammation is interfering with normal mineral absorption. I have always been athletic and have more or less kept up a regular schedule of aerobic exercise for the last 38 years or so. One type of exercise I have had trouble doing is dips. Beginning in my late teens, whenever I started doing dips, I would get severe bursitis and have to quit. It was not until I was in my late forties that I had this hair mineral analysis done. I went to a local chemical shop and bought the purest form (high quality lab chemicals manufactured in Japan) of Manganese Chloride I could find. I began taking small quantities, only a few tiny crystals a day. Before long, for the first time in my life, I was able to do dips without getting bursitis. Now, caution is warranted. I knew I was low in manganese. However, it is a trace mineral, and too much can cause nervous system damage. After several years, I more or less forgot about it and my shoulder joints starting getting weak again. Two falls on two separate occasions resulted in dislocating both of my shoulders within the last year. Now, I am taking a little more, about 90 mg a day in order to strengthen my shoulder joints. I also have a very weak liver, and I suspect that manganese deficiency is a big part of this as well. If you want to try manganese chloride, first make sure you have a deficiency and then, take no more than 50 mg a day of the pure manganese, i.e. you must figure the weight of the choride and water molecules attached.
[YEA] I have a ganglion on my knuckle. After whacking it with a book, which didn't get rid of it, but gave me very sore fingers for a week (!), I asked my doctor what I should do. Since the ganglion was actually interfering with normal hand function and flexibility, the doc said we had two options: surgery or manganese. I am taking 15 mg of manganese daily for six weeks and in three weeks, the ganglion has shrunk markedly. It is also no longer painful. So far, no negative side effects. If there are any, I'll post again. Don't know where the doc heard about this, but I think it's a great alternative to surgery (and book-whacking).
EC: Wikipedia: "A ganglion cyst (also known as a bible bump) is a swelling that often appears on or around joints and tendons in the hand or foot."
Hey In Australia I cannot find manganese sulfate, I'm just wondering what the difference between manganese sulfate, manganese chelate and manganese picolinate?
Can I supplement one of the other 2 insted of sulfate? Thanks