Is manganese a vitamin?

Manganese is a mineral, not a vitamin. Both vitamins and minerals play essential roles in keeping the body healthy and working properly. The difference is that vitamins are organic, and all vitamins are found naturally in humans. Minerals, on the other hand, are inorganic, meaning that only some of them are found in the human body, and they can also be found in rocks and other inanimate substances.

Christie Parsons, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics
Manganese is a trace mineral. This means that we only need "trace" or small amounts versus major minerals that we need more of each day such as calcium. Most people will get what their bodies need in their everyday food without having to supplement. Grain products contribute most of the manganese in our diets, but significant sources include nuts, whole grains, leafy vegetables and tea.

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