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No Manganese and Magnesium are not the same thing!

Dec 16, 2000 (Updated Dec 16, 2000)
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Pros:You don't need supplements if you are healthy

Cons:Side affects and/or reactions

Manganese is a Mineral that is available from natural and synthetic sources. Some forms of manganese requires a prescription. The probable intake is 2-5mg.

Natural Sources
Manganese can be found in:
Dried beans, blue- and blackberries, bran, buckwheat, carrots, chestnuts, hazelnuts, oatmeal, peanuts, peas, pecans, seaweed, spinach, tea and whole grain.

Benefits
The benefits of manganese are that it promotes normal growth and development, helps many enzymes generate energy, aids in carbohydrate metabolism, aids in formation of connective tissue, and is involved in helping the antioxidation process.

Possible additional side effects include possibly reducing asthmatic symptoms, enhancing fertility, and possibly promoting glucose transportation.

Who May Benefit from Additional Amounts?
Anyone with inadequate caloric or nutritional dietary intake or anyone with increased nutritional requirements may be advised to take additional amounts of manganese. Only by a doctor!

Deficiency Symptoms
Note:Deficiencies are extremely rare because manganese is widely available in the food supply and requirements are very small
-Abnormal growth and development of children can be a sing of deficiency.
-No proven symptoms caused by manganese deficiency in adults.

Usage Information
Manganese is concentrated in the cells of the pituitary gland, liver, pancreas, kidney and bone. It stimulates production of cholesterol by the liver and is a cofactor (def=element with which another must unite to function) in many enzymes. Manganese works with Vitamin K to promote blood clotting.

**Manganese is abundant in many foods.
***Manganese and magnesium are NOT related!

Manganese is available in capsules and injection. With the capsules do not chew or crush and take with food or right after a meal to avoid stomach irritations. Manganese also is a constituent of many multi-vitamin/mineral preparations.

Warnings and Precautions
Do not take manganese if you are healthy and eat well. Consult your doctor if you have liver disease or an iron deficiency. If you are pregnant do not take supplements that contain manganese unless prescribed by your doctor. Same goes if you are breastfeeding.

Excess manganese can reduce serum iron in lab tests so tell your doctor what supplements that you are taking before any lab tests that you may be taking.

**Check with your industrial health office if you are a miner or industrial worker to make sure your work environment does not contain toxic amounts of manganese.

Overdose and Toxicity
The signs and symptoms of an overdose include delusions, hallucinations, insomnia, impotence, and depression.

What to do: For symptoms of an overdose discontinue taking mineral and contact your doctor and for accidental overdose such as a child taking a whole bottle, dial 911 and make sure that you know your poison control center number in your area in case they don’t get there in time.

Andverse Side Effects or Reactions
Appetite loss can be caused by manganese and you need to discontinue using it and call a doctor when convenient. If you experience breathing problems seek emergency treatment ASAP. Headaches can occur also, stop using and call your doctor to set up an appointment. If you are experiencing unusual tiredness you also need to tell your doctor so that he can check you out and make sure nothing is seriously wrong.

Interactions
Manganese interacts with calcium (from food and supplements) and can cause a decrease in manganese absorption when taken in large doses. Manganese and iron can cause excess manganese to interfere with iron absorption and can lead to iron-deficiency anemia. Manganese and Magnesium (make sure you know the difference between these 2 they are very different) when taken together in a high dose can decrease manganese absorption. Oral contraceptives taken with manganese can decrease the manganese in your blood. And finally if you are taking phosphate with magnesium you can get a decrease in manganese absorption.

Note:I am not a doctor and you need to do the research yourself and talk to your doctor to make sure that you need or do not need manganese supplements. Be aware of all side affects of all supplements before taking them!



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