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What is manganese?

Stacy Wiegman, PharmD
Pharmacy Specialist

Manganese is a mineral. It is a key contributor to a number of bodily functions, including bone growth and the breaking down of protein, fat and carbohydrates. Manganese supplements are used to aid in the treatment of conditions such as diabetes, osteoporosis (brittle bones), Parkinson's disease, epilepsy and high cholesterol. Manganese is found naturally in foods like beans, nuts, whole grains, cereals, tea and vegetables like peas and lettuce.

Manganese deficiency is NOT related to high cholesterol. Nor is supplementation with manganese suggested for cholesterol problems. Manganese in high doses is toxic. Although a number of manganese-activated enzymes play important roles in the metabolism of cholesterol, there are no human studies showing any relationship of manganese supplementation on cholesterol.

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