The Ecology of Humans (47-6) Manganese


Manganese is a cofactor in numerous enzyme functions. Both plant and animal cells appreciate manganese for its assistance in detoxifying free-oxygen radicals (reactive oxygen species). Trace amounts of manganese are needed by the body for bone production and skin health. Whole grains, beans, spinach, pineapple, raspberries, strawberries, garlic, squash, and eggplant offer adequate manganese.