Manganese is a mineral that is required for normal functions and reactions in the body. The brain and the nervous system require manganese to function properly. The body cannot produce manganese thus it must be obtained from your diet. Manganese is stored in the pancreas, liver, kidneys, and bones. The body contains about 20-40 milligrams of manganese, most of which is stored in the bones. Mussels, oysters, clams, nuts, and spinach are good sources of manganese.

Health Functions
When combined with other nutrients, manganese can enhance and maintain good bone health. Manganese also has antioxidant properties; it is anti-inflammatory since it is a component of superoxide dismutase (SOD), an antioxidant produced in the body. It is also associated with lowered glucose levels because it is involved in insulin production. Manganese also plays a role in metabolic reactions, it activates many enzymes (cofactor) that are involved in the metabolism of protein, cholesterol, and carbohydrates. It is also essential in the process of blood clotting.

Disease Risk Reduction
Sufficient manganese intake can prevent or reduce the risk for the breakdown of bones, poor growth and development in children, skin problems, and severity of premenstrual syndrome symptoms.

Groups at Risk
Fortunately, research has not found any group that has a risk for manganese inadequacy.

Intake Recommendations
The recommended daily allowance (RDA) of manganese is 1.6-2.3 milligrams for adults.

7D VARIETY Recommendations
Date fruits are excellent sources of manganese. A cup of Energy Dates can provide you 39% of the recommended daily intake for manganese. 7D VARIETY recommends you to consume Energy Dates to maintain adequate manganese intake because manganese (along with calcium) helps maintain good bone health.