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The immune system is the body’s defense against infections, designed to attack dangerous organisms and to help keep us healthy. There is a relationship between immunity and trace minerals, like iron, zinc, and manganese - called nutritional immunity. Nutritional immunity is a process to prevent infection, by which the body isolates trace minerals during infection to impair the growth of invading bacteria. We believe that this decline in metals starves the invading bacteria.
One of the many enzymes that manganese helps activate is manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD). MnSOD helps to maintain mitochondrial and cell membranes by getting rid of free radicals that can damage the fats (lipids) in the cell membrane. Studies report that this enzyme also has the potential to be used as an anti-inflammatory agent.
Manganese plays a role in the metabolism of glucose and fats, helping to normalize the production and secretion of insulin. Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas that regulates the amount of glucose in the blood. Supplementing with manganese may help to stabilize blood sugar.
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