23 Jul Manganese by Melbourne Naturopath
Minerals are naturally occurring substances found in soil and rocks. They are essential nutrients required to carry out key functions each day for your child’s optimal health. We get minerals from our diet when we eat plant foods that have absorbed the nutrients directly from the soil. Minerals are also found in meat from plant-grazing animals.
If a growing child is deprived of any one of the important minerals, various functions may be impaired and therefore a contributing and underlying factor in many common childhood illnesses
Minerals play the following roles in Children’s Health
- ✅ Bone and teeth health
- ✅ Energy production
- ✅ Nerve and muscle function
- ✅ Immune health
Minerals can be depleted in food
- ✅ When produce is grown in poor top soils, which are naturally low in minerals.
- ✅ If fruit and vegetables are not allowed to ripen on the vine; this being the critical stage when minerals are released into food.
- ✅ When fresh produce is stored for extended periods before it reaches the supermarket shelves.
- ✅ If the minerals get bound up in the chemicals stored in the top soils and not released into the food.
Manganese for Children’s Health
Manganese supports bone structure by creating essential enzymes for building healthy bones. Other functions include the formation of connective tissue, absorption of calcium and proper functioning of the thyroid gland to support healthy weight and moods.
Food Sources for Kids Health
This is a list of foods containing manganese.
- ✅ Blueberries
- ✅ Blackberries
- ✅ Pineapple
- ✅ Strawberries
- ✅ Whole grains
- ✅ Legumes
- ✅ Nuts
- ✅ Mussels
- ✅ Clams
- ✅ Trout
- ✅ Oysters
- ✅ Pumpkin seeds
- ✅ Spinach
- ✅ Lettuce
- ✅ Broccoli
- ✅ Mustard greens
- ✅ Kale
These are common signs and symptoms to indicate that your child may be deficient in manganese.
- ✅ High blood pressure
- ✅ Heart ailments
- ✅ Muscular contraction
- ✅ Bone malformation
- ✅ High cholesterol
- ✅ Poor eyesight
- ✅ Hearing trouble
- ✅ Severe memory loss
- ✅ Shivers
- ✅ Tremors
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