Eric Bakker N.D.May 9, 2022

Manganese is an essential trace element mineral that your body needs for bone mineralization, calcium absorption, healthy skin, and controlling blood sugar. It also helps turn on an important antioxidant enzyme called superoxide dismutase (SOD). Manganese deficiency is rare, but it can cause weak bones, pain in the joints, trouble getting pregnant, and a higher risk of seizures.

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Manganese is considered an essential trace element, of which the average adult needs 2-5mg per day.

Actions of Manganese include:

  • Essential component of carbohydrate metabolism, reproductive function, skeletal and cartilage development.
  • Critical element in metalloenzymes pyruvate decarboxylase and superoxide dismutise that are involved in energy production and immune function.
  • Activates phosphatases, kinases, decarboxylases and glycosyltransferases, facilitating the synthesis of protein and DNA in the production of mucopolysaccharides in cartilage.

Clinical applications:

  • Alcohol detoxification. (Cirrhosis patients may not be able to properly excrete Manganese & should therefore avoid using Manganese supplements).
  • Cartilage: essential for the production of optimal quantities of proteoglycans in cartilage, Osgood-Schlatter disease and Calve-Perth’s disease.
  • Diabetes mellitus: Manganese activates the enzymes involved in the process of glycolysis.
  • Epilepsy: Some forms may occur as a result of Manganese deficiency and Manganese can control seizures (Convulsions) in some cases.
  • Osteoporosis: enhances bone growth by stimulating osteoblasts and suppressing osteoclasts.
  • Tardive dyskinesia: prevention (15 mg/day) and treatment (60 mg/day) in patients taking phenothiazines.


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