Manganese is an essential trace mineral. It is essential to the health and functioning of the human body and human mind in several ways. The adult human body contains about 10 to 20 milligrams of manganese. Half of the body’s manganese is stored in the bones. The remainder is stored in the liver, pancreas, pituitary gland, and kidneys.Manganese is often referred to as the “brain mineral”. Manganese is required for all mental facilities and functions. Manganese supports the functions of nerves, and helps us to retain memory and maintain emotional stability. Without the presence of manganese, thiamin (Vit B1) cannot be processed by the body.
Manganese supports reproductive health. It helps to produce sex hormones and sperm. Manganese acts as a catalyst for breaking down fatty acids and cholesterol.Manganese has a positive effect on the male reproductive system.
- It increases sexual energy. It also enhances the brain’s aptitude for receiving and sending messages.
- Manganese impacts tissues and nerves, and thus assists in the functioning of the reproductive organs.
- Sex hormones are produced in the pituitary gland, where a considerable amount of manganese exists. Because of this, manganese is believed to assist in sexual health.
- Manganese increases the mobility of sperm.
- Manganese is needed for the development and health of the reproductive organs.
A deficiency in manganese in men may lead to impotence, disinterest in sex, and a low sperm count. A deficiency may contribute to infertility.
- Bone health depends on manganese. Manganese is found in a molecule called mucopolysaccharides. These molecules are utilized to build collagen and form the framework for deposition of calcium, magnesium, and other bone building minerals.
- Enzymes called glycolsyltranserferases and xylosyltransferases are vital to bone building. Manganese is known to activate these enzymes.
- Tendons, tissues, ligaments, and linings found in organs and outside them are built up by manganese.
- Manganese reinforces muscular reflexes and in this way supports the nervous system and the functioning of the brain.
- It enhances the natural functioning of the immune system. It also helps to supply oxygen from the lungs to the cells.
- Manganese works in combination with certain enzymes to help in the digestion of food. These enzymes help to release the energy from food, and use it as fuel for the functioning of body and mind.
- Manganese is a part of the enzyme, superoxide dismutase (MnSOD), a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants can help to combat the damage of free radicals. Research suggests that MnSOD may reduce the risk of prostate cancer in certain men.
The Health and Nutrition Examination Survey estimate that as many as 30% of Americans do not get the recommended daily amounts of manganese in their diet. This may be due to the fact that whole grains are a major source of dietary manganese, and many Americans consume refined grains more often than whole grains. The milling of grains removes 73% of manganese.
Natural Food Sources
Tea, whole grains, raw nuts, and green leafy veggies, avocados, carrots, pineapples, eggs are rich sources of manganese, with other fruits and vegetables containing moderate amounts. Maple syrup has a high zinc and manganese content. It is believed that maple syrup may help to support reproductive health. Manganese has been included in Super Beta Prostate because of its role in supporting the reproductive health of men. Certain nutrients are important for protecting and sustaining men’s health, especially prostate health. Good nutrition and regular exercise with supplementation can provide nutritive health support.
Manganese and Prostate Health by Kevin Agrawal