Are your nails always splitting or breaking? It turns out this has to do with manganese. Did you know manganese comes from the Greek word “magic”? Keep reading to understand what manganese is and what you can do to avoid manganese deficiency.
What is manganese?
The mineral manganese has antioxidant properties and is necessary for bone development, wound healing, and metabolizing carbohydrates, amino acids, and cholesterol.
According to Health Ambition, manganese is essential for healthy, strong bones. It is also key to absorption of other vitamins, including vitamins B and C, necessary for promoting brain health and protecting against cancer, respectively.
Livestrong warns of the signs and symptoms of a manganese deficiency. Weakness, nausea, vomiting, and dizziness are all symptoms of manganese deficiency, as well as hearing loss and weak hair and nails. In the most extreme of cases, manganese deficiency can result in paralysis, blindness, infertility, and seizures.
How to avoid manganese deficiency
To avoid the dangers of manganese deficiency, eat a diet of manganese-rich foods. Watch the video below to see 7 manganese-rich foods: