What Does Manganese Do For the Body?
Manganese, it’s not a Japanese style of art, and it’s not fruit. It’s a natural mineral found in our bodies.
What does it do? A lot of amazing things and we made a list. Care to peruse?
Manganese is an Antioxidant
First and foremost, manganese is an antioxidant. If you read our blogs on the regular, you know we RAVE about antioxidants.
Here’s a quick refresher on why:
The body performs a ton of functions that produce free radicals naturally. Free radicals are like little rioting psychopaths ready to set things on fire—anything. And loot—your health.
While they naturally occur, our body has an antioxidant system to combat and deactivate these mental maniacs.
But, in times of stress, or like with training, our bodies are subjected to oxidative stress chronically. Oxidative stress is like water on Gremlins when it comes to free radicals. They multiply. They’re all over the place.
So, you need more antioxidants to fight the free range freaks.
Enter: Our passionate profession of love for antioxidants. You dig? Awesome.
So, besides fighting antioxidants, what else does it do?
Manganese aids in the formation of bones, blood clotting, connective tissue, and sex hormones. It also plays a role in carb metabolism, blood sugar regulation, and normal nerve and brain function
Manganese is needed for bone growth, structure and mineral density. Older populations may benefit from supplementation as it decreases with hormonal changes.
Manganese and Sugar
Well, that’s not a dessert, it’s a role manganese plays—regulating blood sugar. It achieves this through moderating insulin synthesis and secretion. It also regulates glucose metabolism.
Manganese works with enzymes that metabolize cholesterol and carbs. It also metabolizes amino acids and vitamins. This is important because it can improve absorption of vitamins as part of its enzymatic involvement.
Especially in post-menopausal women, it can aid in the changes experienced with hormone imbalances.
Because it’s required for normal brain function, it can keep your mind as sharp as a tack, if it was that sharp to begin with!
It also binds with neurotransmitters in the brain to trigger efficient and fast electrical impulses in the brain and body which can make you think fast and act smart.
Digestion is another area manganese’s enzymatic involvement reaches. It regulates digestive tract function, aids in fat absorption and can help with regular bowel movements.
So now you see why we get so excited, not only about antioxidants, but these multi-faceted minerals that offer so much benefit to the body. With as much as it does, a deficiency could clearly wreak havoc on healthy function and definitely on performance. So make sure you get it! While you’re stocking up on things your body needs, make sure you have enough muscle-building BCAAs and amino acids to keep you at the top of your game.