Osteoporosis is a structure problem involving bone that results in reduced mineral density and therefore contributes to fractures, breaks and general bone weakness. When we consider Osteoporosis we have always believed or been told that Calcium and Vitamin-D were the most important factors for reducing its incidence. Here we discuss the many benefits that Manganese has for preventing Osteoporosis and simple dietary tips that you can implement right from your kitchen starting today.

Manganese is an essential nutrient that is typically bound to other minerals that plays an enormous role in cholesterol, carbohydrate and protein production. As well as this, Manganese is involved with bone formation and hence why it has a critical role in preventing Osteoporosis. The most abundant sources of Manganese include grains, legumes, beans, nuts and seeds as well as being present in small quantities in fruit and vegetables.

Risks Of Deficiency

Manganese deficiency is quite rare in developed countries however major signs and symptoms of deficiency may include:

  • Bone weakness leading to Osteoporosis
  • Anaemia
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Reduced immune system function
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Altered glucose sensitivity
  • Altered digestion and appetite
  • Infertility

The Many Health Benefits Of Appropriate Manganese Consumption

  • Reduces the risk of Osteoporosis when consumed in combination with Calcium, Zinc and Copper this nutrient becomes a potent bone strengthener
  • Promotes antioxidant and enzyme function to reduce oxidative stress and inflammation
  • Maintain high cognitive function and therefore alertness and learning capabilities
  • Reduces the risk of developing Diabetes
  • Actively supports lung and respiratory function
  • Assists with preventing Arthritis and other degenerative spinal conditions
  • Assists with weight loss and fat storage mobilisation

Where Can You Find Manganese In Your Kitchen?

  • Seaford (particularly cooked mussels)
  • Hazlenuts
  • Seeds (particularly pumpkin)
  • Whole-wheat bread
  • Tofu
  • Beans (particularly butter and lima varities)
  • Spinach
  • Brown Rice
  • Tea (particularly black)


Additional information regarding Manganese may be found here.