Everyone thinks they know about health… but sometimes things get “lost in translation“.

As a naturopath, I hear people say this all the time:

“Manganese? Sure, that’s what you need to balance calcium, right?”

Actually, that’s magnesium.

Manganese is important, too, but nobody really knows what it does — even though you’re probably getting a ton of it if you’re eating healthy!

Manganese is found in generous amounts in:

  • spelt
  • brown rice
  • spinach
  • pineapple
  • oats
  • chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • pumpkin seeds
  • … and of course — the most nutritious land-based food on the planet: kale

It’s important to get enough manganese because it’s involved in a lot of health issues. It metabolizes protein and fat and it’s important for the bone structure process (which may be why some people get manganese mixed up with the calcium/magnesium relationship).

Manganese is also a component of certain enzymes and is even thought to be an important building block of thyroxine, a thyroid hormone.

Manganese works well with B vitamins to give you a sense of calm and well-being; which would explain why a deficiency in manganese (though exceedingly rare) can result in convulsions, rapid pulse, tremors and a host of other nervous conditions.

In fact, some people eat manganese-rich foods or take manganese supplements to combat stuttering.

So, now that you know a bit about manganese, you can “translate” for those who still think it’s magnesium!

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