• Brown Rice
  • Nuts: Pecans, Almonds
  • Legumes: pinto, beans, navy beans, peanuts
  • Fruit: Pineapples, grapes, berries, kiwi


  • Iron and manganese fight for absorption. If you have high iron stores, you will probably have low manganese levels.
  • Carpel tunnel syndrome may be a sign of manganese deficiency



  • An anti-oxidant - key component of manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD) the principle antioxidant inside your mitochondria.
  • Helps with energy production as it optimising mitochondrial function (battery of your cell)
  • Facilitates cartilage, tendon and bone development. Useful for osteoporosis and arthritis.
  • Assists digestion of carbohydrates and in balancing blood sugar levels
  • Assists in protein digestion
  • Regulation of cholesterol
  • Is involved in the production of GABA (GABA promotes calmness, reduces anxiety, stabilises blood pressure and promotes restful sleep).
  • Manganese is also called the “brain mineral”. It may promote better memory.
  • Plays a role in collagen formation and wound healing
  • Plays a role in sex hormone development.



  • High manganese can cause iron deficiency anemia
  • Inhaled manganese from industry goes straight to your brain and may cause permanent damage.


Medication interactions

  • Taking manganese alongside antibiotics may reduce the effectiveness of the antibiotics
  • Magnesium-containing antacids and laxatives may reduce manganese levels
  • Iron supplementation may reduce manganese levels


Fun Fact

Manganese is a derivated of the Greek word for magic.


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