Manganese contributes to many bodily functions, including the metabolism of amino acids, cholesterol, glucose, and carbohydrates. It also plays a role in bone formation, blood clotting, and reducing inflammation.
The human body cannot produce manganese, but it can store it in the liver, pancreas, bones, kidneys, and brain. A person usually obtains manganese from their diet.
Signs of a potential manganese deficiency include:
• reduced glucose tolerance
• impaired growth
• changes in the metabolism of carbohydrates and fat
• skeletal or bone abnormalities
• fertility problems