Manganese, which is stored in our bones, kidneys, and pancreas, is a trace element that the body requires for many important functions. Manganese helps the body convert food into fuel, ensuring energy flows efficiently around the body as well as contributing to the maintenance of normal bones.
What is a Trace Element?
Trace elements are essential nutrients that our bodies need to work properly, but in much smaller amounts than vitamins and minerals. Trace elements are found in small amounts in a wide range of foods.
Good Sources of Manganese
Manganese is found in a wide variety of foods, including tea, bread, nuts, cereals and green vegetables like peas and runner beans. You should be able to get all the manganese you need by eating a varied and balanced diet. However with today’s busy lifestyles sometimes a food supplement can help.
Importance of Manganese in Joint Health
Our joints play a crucial role in keeping us mobile and active and as manganese contributes to the maintenance of normal bones and the normal formation of connective tissue, as we get older it’s wise to keep up our intake of manganese.
Serious joint conditions such as arthritis affect around 10m people in the UK but wear and tear,
stiffness and inflammation can affect everyone. JointCare is a line of food supplements offered
by Seven Seas which include nutrients to maintain normal bones and connective tissue, to help you stay mobile. All four products in the range – JointCare Active, JointCare Max, JointCare Supplex and JointCare Complete – contain manganese.
Too Much Manganese?
The Department of Health advises that if you do take manganese supplements, don't take too much, as this could be harmful. Taking high doses of manganese for long periods of time might cause muscle pain, nerve damage and neurological symptoms, such as fatigue and depression. For most people it says taking 4mg or less of manganese supplements a day is unlikely to cause any harm. It suggests a lower amount – 0.5mg or less – for older people because they may be more sensitive to manganese.