Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Manganese: The Love Element

Manganese is needed for protein and fat metabolism, normal bone growth, a healthy nervous system, proper bowel function, and an optimal immune system. It used in the formation of cartilage and synovial (lubricating) fluid of the joints and works with the 8 Vitamins to provide an overall feeling of well-being.   

Manganese aids in the formation of mother's milk, and is necessary for the proper digestion and utilization of food.  Manganese functions in many enzyme systems, including enzymes involved in blood sugar control, energy metabolism, and thyroid hormone function, and increases the activity of the anti-oxidant enzyme (SOD), which is the enzyme that is responsible for preventing the superoxide free radical from destroying cellular components.  

Possible Manganese Deficiency Signs:
• Reproduction malfunctions
• Brittle bones
• Muscular incoordination
• Diabetic tendencies

Foods High in Manganese:
• Raw, green leafy vegetables
• Grains
• Beets
• Nuts
• Prunes

Herbs High in Manganese:
• Red Raspberry
• Grapevine
• Bilberry
• Ginger
• Gotu Kola
• White Oak Bark
• Blue Cohosh
• Lady's Slipper
• Hydrangea
• Uva Ursi
• White Pine

Uses of Manganese in the Body:
• Activates many enzymes
• Essential to bone and growth development
• Aids in the formation of thyroxin, the primary hormone of the thyroid gland
• Helps in the utilization of Vitamins B, C and E
• Contributes to a mother's love and the maternal protection of her child

Clinical Uses of Manganese:
• Myasthenia gravis (grave loss of muscle strength)
• Schizophrenia
• Osteoporosis (brittle and soft bones)

Excessive consumption of red meat and milk will affect the absorption of Manganese.  

Manganese also assists in relieving post-partum depression.


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