Despite needed in small amounts, manganese is an essential mineral that supports protein and fat metabolism, healthy nerve function, immune system and blood sugar regulation.
It also plays a part in bone growth, energy production and some important enzymes in our body to process carbohydrates, amino acids and cholesterol.
Common food sources of manganese include avocados, nuts and seeds, seaweed, whole grains, leafy green vegetables, egg yoks, blueberries, pineapples and some herbs (such as lemongrass, parsley, chamomile, peppermint and ginseng).
A deficiency of manganese is extremely rare however it may lead to problems such as high cholesterol, hypertension, heart disorders, irritability, rapid pulse, teeth grinding and eye problems.
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