Vitamins and Minerals for Diabetes
VITAMINS AND MINERALS THAT LOWERS BLOOD SUGAR
Minerals are the vital constituents for the formation of body structures such as bones and tissues. They are also involved in major physiological processes such as proper metabolism and energy production. There are various minerals that are helpful in treating diabetes and slowing down diabetic complications.
The most important mineral is Chromium. It is also known as Diabetic Mineral. It is because the main function of chromium in is body is to turn carbohydrates into glucose. Chromium also helps in the regulation and production of hormone insulin. It has been observed that due to chromium only the
Insulin works effectively in the body and without it, insulin simply would not function. Good sources of chromium are nuts, cheese, whole, grains, oysters, mushrooms, brewer’s yeast, etc. Long time researches have shown that the symptoms of diabetes completely reverses particularly of Type –2 Diabetes mellitus.
It is because insulin regulates and normalize blood sugar and it also improves body’s ability to transport blood glucose into cells. It has also been seen that the chromium supplements improves glucose tolerance and thus brings it to normal. It reduces fasting glucose and insulin levels in
gestational diabetes. It encourages the loss of body fat. It enhances insulin secretion and decreases trighlycerides Chromium also promotes muscular gains.
Vanadium: It is also associated with proper glucose regulation. It acts like insulin in the body and also enhances its effects. That is why this mineral is extensively known for its role in the management of diabetes. Food sources of vanadium include skin milk, lobster, vegetables, butter and cheese. Vanadium is named after the Scandinavian goddess of beauty and youth. Vanadium is also a building material of bones and teeth. Although, researchers have know vanadium for more than forty
years but the mineral is not yet considered as a essential constituent for humans. It is essential for plants and animals. But Vanadium must be needed to be as an essential nutrient in our diet. Vanadium in case of diabetics- improves fasting glucose levels. It also increases insulin sensitivity in type 2 diabetes. It lowers the insulin requirements in type –1 diabetes.
Manganese: Manganese maintains the blood glucose level in normal range and hence is useful in treating diabetes and hypoghlycaemia. Manganese is also used in our body for fat and protein metabolism and the production of energy. It is needed for growth, maintenance of connective tissue, bone, cartilage and
also helps in fatty acid synthesis. Manganese is also useful in the treatment of epilepsy, anosexia and iron deficiency. Moreover, the absorption of vitamin C, B and E depends upon the sufficient amount of manganese so the person’s multi-vitamin supplement should contain sufficient amount of manganese in it. Dietary sources of manganese include whole green cereals, leafy vegetables, nuts and tea.
Magnesium: Magnesium is mainly important for hypoglycaemics because it helps in the digestion of sugar, starches and fats and also helps in stabilizing blood sugar levels. It has been known from many years that the secretion and action of insulin require magnesium. Hence for diabetic patient and for persons
in whom intake of refined carbohydrates is too much, in them the supplement of magnesium is very much necessary. It is a person crave for chocolate, it may be an indication that he is low in magnesium. The dietary sources of magnesium are whole grains, nuts, seeds, cocoa milk, green vegetables, sea food,
brown rice. Magnesium is also involved in thyroid hormone production. Magnesium along with calcium helps in muscle contraction and helps in producing energy especially in muscle cells. Magnesium is also involved in producing stomach acid and digestive enzymes.
Zinc: Zinc is needed for proper release of insulin and many hypoglycaemics may be deficient. Zinc supplements are beneficial for patients with chronic diseases like diabetes. Some of the other Zinc’s functions include cholesterol, protein and energy metabolism growth, healing and immune functions. Dietary sources of Zinc include meat, eggs, sunflower seeds, milk, wholegrains, spinach etc. But a person should keep in mind that Zinc is destroyed when food is processed so they should eat the Zinc containing food in their natural form as much as possible. Moreover, Zinc absorption is reduced in alcoholics and diuretics. Stress also causes Zinc levels to drop rapidly.
Vitamins are an essential part of human body. The vitamin helps in improving digestion and therefore, increases the body’s ability to tolerate low glucose levels. They also know as Anti-Stress vitamins because of their good effects on the brain and nervous system. The B-complex vitamins are a group of eight vitamins, which include Thiamine (B1), Riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), Pyridoxina (B6), Folic Acid (B9), Cyanocobalmin (B12), Pantothenic acid and bioten. A particular potential benefit of vitamin B supplements for diabetics is mainly its ability to lower blood levels of homocysteine (a suphur-containing amino acid). Hence, the vitamins B are also essential for breakdown of carbohydrates into glucose, which provides energy for the body. It also helps in breakdown of fats and proteins, which helps in normal functioning of the nervous system.
Vitamin B-6 is helpful in the women reporting with gestational diabetes and for protection against metabolic imbalances associated with the use of some oral contraceptive. Vitamin B6 is also useful in the management of carpal tunnel syndrome. It help in reducing homocysteine. It maintains fluid balance and is essential for cellular energy production. It is somewhat beneficial to prevent skin eruptions also. Therefore, the amaging family of vitamin B is very helpful. Vitamin B6 levels are even lower in people with diabetes who have nerve damage i.e. neuropathy. So, the administration of bath Vitamin B1 (25 mg per day) and vitamin B6 (50 mg per day) shows significant improvement of symptoms of diabetic neuropathy after four weeks, because Vitamin B1 is also found to be low in people with type 1 diabetes.
Biotin (The Vitamin B) is needed to process of glucose. Patient with Type-1 of diabetes showed fasting glucose level dropped by 50% on administration of 16 mg of biotin per day for one week. Biotin may also reduce pain from diabetic nerve damage.
Vitamin C: Diabetic people also have low vitamin C levels. Vitamin C may reduce glycosylation. Vitamin C also lowers sorbital in people with diabetes. Sorbital is a sugar that can accumulate and damage the nerves eyes and kidney of people with diabetes. Vitamin C may improve glucose tolerance in patients with Type-2 diabetes. Vitamin C significantly reduces urinary protein loss in people with diabetes. Diabetic people should have 1-3 grams per day of vitamin C.
Vitamin B-12: Vitamin B-12 is needed for normal functioning of nerve cells. Vitamin B12 taken orally, intravenously or by injection reduces the nerve damage caused by diabetes in most of the people. The intake of large amounts of niacin (a form of the vitamin B 3), such as 2-3 grams per day, may impair glucose tolerance and shall be used by diabetic people only under doctor’s advice.
Vitamin D: It is needed to maintain adequate blood levels of insulin. Vitamin D receptors have been found in the pancreas where insulin is produced hence the supplements of vitamin D, increases insulin level in people suffering form diabetes. But it should be given in accurate dose as high dose of vitamin D can be toxic.
Vitamin E: Vitamin E prevents the destructive vascular damage that may occur in diabetes. Vitamin E supplements prevents the arterial degeneration in patients suffering from diabetes. Vitamin E decreases the requirement of insulin by diabetic people. Vitamin E is available naturally in whole grain products, wheat products, fruits, green leafy vegetables milk, whole raw or sprouted seeds.
So with these new idea swirling around in my head, I pick up some taurine and glutathione on my way home. Back to google for some more research…
Neurotransmitter Amino Acids
Abnormalities in this group are widespread in their implications, and are seen in virtually all mental/emotional problems, primary brain problems (stroke, Alzheimer’s Disease, epilepsy), depression, anxiety, insomnia, poor concentration, memory problems, and mental exhaustion.
Gamma Amino Butyric Acid (GABA) (minor amino acid)
After some brief reading, I focus in on something called GABA. I know I’ve come across that in the health food stores but what is it exactly?
Neurons in the brain’s temporal lobes produce the biochemical GABA and their resulting theta brain waves. GABA is the brain’s natural valium providing calmness and aiding in the production of endorphins. When in balance the GABA dominant person is characterized by stability and reliability. These people are team players who thrive on organization and long-term relationships. Homemakers, administrators, technicians, nurses, security officers, accountants, bus drivers are all ideal occupations for GABA natured people. GABA natured people are nurturers and are tend to be very traditional. 50% of the world’s population is GABA dominant so it is very important to understand how to balance this vital brain neurotransmitter.
An excess of GABA can result in a person not taking care of their own needs at the expense of nurturing others.
Early signs that you are may be GABA deficient include: feeling anxious, nervous or irritable. You may start to feel overwhelmed and stressed out. Other symptoms include: allergies, light-headedness, muscle aches. This is just the beginning of what could become serious health problems.
As with all the brain’s neurotransmitters GABA deficiencies affect all four major domains of brain function. Physical, personality, memory and attention issues can present themselves as GABA deficiencies become more prominent.
Factors which reduce GABA levels:
- Glutamaine (precursor) deficiency
- B1, B6, zinc, manganese & iron deficiency
- Chronic stress
- Chronic pain
- Inadequate sleep
- Progesterone deficiency
- Mercury and lead exposure
- Alcohol withdrawal
- Caffeine excess
- Excessive electromagnetic radiation
- Excessive loud noise exposure
Two things really stands out from this list:
1) Zinc, manganese and iron deficiencies.
2) Exposure to excessive electromagnetic radiation
There is no doubt whatsoever that I was low with all three of those minerals and I had exposure to electromagnetic radiation for a year before I discovered the intercom system. So these two things can cause a GABA deficiency and can cause anxiety…
I’ll try the glutathione, taurine for a couple of days to see what effect it has. If I still have the vibration, then I’ll try the GABA.
Woke up this morning with a slight vibration but I’m very happy with the new found results and I think it’s from the extra calcium/magnesium. Because of the vibration, I’m going to add niacin back into the rotation. 100 mg dosage, three times a day and I’m also going to reduce the amount of phosphorus by half.
Daily Supplement Summary:
900 mg Calcium/Magnesium (300 mg 1/1 ratio)
300 mg Niacin (100 mg)
300 mg Phosphorus (100 mg)
600 mg Vitamin D (200 mg)
90 mg Zinc (30 mg)
25 mg Manganese
Another weird day. Today I have a bunch of vitamins and minerals with me and I’ll take them as I need them. Because I’m having such a hard time trying to figure it which supplements are actually helping, I take one at a time to see if it has any effect.
Around lunchtime, I start getting the cold hands so I take the magnesium, then manganese and a few more but nothing seems to have an effect. I don’t start lunch until around 1:30 PM and my hands are still very cold and I’m not sure what to do? Nothing seems to work like it used to.
About 15 minutes into my lasagna my hands go warm. Huh? Okay, now I’m really confused…
On my way back to the office, I start to realize that for most of this week my cold hands disappear after lunch and I would skip the night time vitamins because I felt so good. But for every day this week, I’d take my daily routine of supplements with my lunch…except for today.
What does this mean? Having symptoms disappear after eating food. Isn’t that diabetes?
I do a quick google search and discover this:
Pantothenic Acid Deficiency
Excessive copper levels have been associated with low levels of pantothenic acid
Functional hypoglycemia is frequently associated with elevated tissue copper levels. An excess of tissue copper reduces manganese and zinc, thereby interfering with normal glucose metabolism.
Well, there’s no doubt in my mind that high copper can reduce manganese and zinc. I do another search on hypoglycemia and start reading about the link with the mineral chromium. Destroyed by sugar intake the symptoms are anxiety, elevated blood triglycerides and peripheral neuropathy. I still remember a doctor at the walk in clinic making the comment about how high my triglycerides were but stopped short of telling me what I should do about it.
Chromium is already extremely hard to get within a healthy diet. Everybody must be low in chromium.
Great. Something new to research…
Success! Woke up with no vibration.
Found more interesting facts about phosphorus:
There is a distinct difference between the phosphorus needed by the bones from the phosphorus needed by the brain. Phosphorus for the brain comes from meat, dairy and fish whereas phosphorus for the bones comes from fruits and vegetables.
Phosphorus is vital in synthesizing lecithin and cerebrin, which are both needed by the brain. Phosphorus compounds like lecithin are found everywhere in the tissues, lymph, and other of the body as well as in the white and gray matter of brain and nerve tissue.
Phosphorus stimulates hair growth and prevents the blood from becoming too acid or alkaline. It is also necessary for the synthesis of the RNA and DNA.
So there are different types of phosphorus and the type I’m interested in is for the brain. So I need to change my diet to include more meat, dairy and fish. But it doesn’t mention anything about the breakfast cereals…
Yesterday we did our shopping and I checked almost all of the cereals for the phosphorus content and All Bran was the winner. It has 35% phosphorus and 50% magnesium in half a cup. WOW! that’s a lot of both so I’ll have a small bowl for breakfast and organize my new vitamin schedule.
1.5 of calcium complex which contains 150 mg of magnesium
125 mg extra magnesium
50 mg zinc
75 mg maganese (25 mg 3 times a day)
375 mcr molybdendum
Woke up with the vibration again…three days in a row.
Start the day with calcium/magnesium and later manganese. By lunchtime, I take another calcium/magnesium and the same thing is happening…it’s my cold hands again…
This time, I’ll try something different. I run across the street and grab a bottle of Coke-a-Cola ZERO. It’s got no sugar but it’s high in phosphorus. It goes against everything I believe in but I’m willing to give it a try.
Back to my desk and I sip it slowly with no change with my cold hands so I try the Bone Meal. Within 15 minutes I’m fine and my hands are normal and it lasts for the rest of the day. So the only thing I’ve changed was the fact that I took the first Bone Meal into work so I was having it later into the morning than I usually do. When I was at home, I would take some first thing before I left for work and then I would take my vitamins.
If I had the same problem as yesterday after taking two calcium/magnesium supplements, then the only answer seems to be phosphorus.
Biological functions and health benefits of phosphorus
Phosphorus performs a wide variety of functions. Phosphorus promotes and stimulates early growth and blooming and root growth. It hastens maturity and seed growth, and contributes to the general hardiness of plants.
Most phosphate in the human body is in bone, but phosphate-containing molecules (phospholipids) are also important components of cell membranes and lipoprotein particles, such as good (HDL) and bad (LDL) cholesterol. Small amounts of phosphate are engaged in biochemical reactions throughout the body.
Phosphorus is a component of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), a fundamental energy source in living things. Phosphorus is essential for normal heart and kidney functioning. It speeds up the healing of broken bones and other injuries and functions is to metabolize fats and starches for energy, as well as being necessary for proper nerve impulses and for niacin assimilation. Phosphorus is needed for the growth, maintenance, and repair of all tissues and cells, and for the production of the genetic building blocks, DNA and RNA.
Phosphorus is also needed to balance and metabolize other vitamins and minerals, including vitamin D, calcium, iodine, magnesium, and zinc.
Dosage, intake, recommended daily allowance (RDA)
The recommended daily allowance for phosphorous is 700 mg daily. However, phosphorous deficiency is rare in healthy people. There’s no need to take phosphorous supplements for most of them.
It can only be phosphorus. Phosphorus is required for two vitamins and two minerals where I had deficiency symptoms and very distinct changes for all four when supplemented. (Riboflavin, niacin, magnesium and zinc)
It has to be a phosphorus deficiency. But try and convince a doctor of that? Tomorrow, I’ll go back to taking the Bone Meal first. Then the other vitamins…
Woke up with the vibration again…and again a very similar day to yesterday. I start the day like I normally do and midway through the morning, same thing happens again. I start getting the cold hands and because I went out for lunch, I start shivering. It was a little cool outside but it wasn’t cold.
I get back into work and I try the magnesium. Nothing. I try the manganese because I have that with me today. Nothing. I realise that I haven’t had the Bone Meal yet today so I have a scoop of that and within twenty minutes I’m fine. My hands are back to normal and I’m okay for the rest of the day.
Tomorrow I’ll switch to the calcium/magnesium to see if it’s the calcium or the phosphorus that I need.
Okay…now this is making some sense. High copper can reduce manganese.
Manganese – Lack of over-stimulates the brain to produce many psychotic states. High levels of Copper and Iron may displace Manganese. High tissue copper levels can cause a relative manganese deficiency. Manganese is necessary to stimulate hemoglobin formation; thus anemia can result from a copper-induced deficiency of manganese.
A Trace of Manganese is Crucial for Health
When credit is given for strong bones and teeth, one important nutrient usually is conspicuous by its absence: the trace mineral manganese.
What an omission! While calcium takes the bows, manganese, in its quiet way, helps calcium perform. A deficiency of manganese — as with calcium — can cause porous bones, bow legs, poorly developed cartilage, faulty muscle coordination and poor transmission of messages by the nervous system.
Muscles take commands from messages transmitted at almost the speed of lightning through bundles of tiny nerve fibers called neurotransmitters.
Neurotransmitters take care of our second-to-second activities even when we are not conscious of them, activities such as typing on the word processor, cooking breakfast, reading or figuring the income tax.
The brain area of controlling such functions must have a good supply of manganese. It if doesn’t, the brain and nerves can’t send decisive signals to muscles, which then perform poorly. Usually, the entire body contains less than 50 milligrams (mg) of manganese, but it is a very necessary 50 mg.
You and I could not keep our balance without manganese, because deficiencies of this trace mineral cause inner ear problems. A manganese-deficient infant is often unable to stand steadily or walk until three or four years of age.
Manganese is a versatile mineral. It promotes healthy sex organs and normal sexual function, works with vitamin C to rid the body of poisons and, as part of the superoxide dismutase enzyme system, protects against cell damage and aging caused by free radicals. Manganese also guards against cancer and helps regulate blood sugar and prevent diabetes by promoting the production of insulin; and helps convert blood fats for use by the body rather than permitting them to narrow or block arteries.
Manganese works with a wide variety of nutrients to keep you healthy. Vitamin C would offer only limited service in battling infections and poisons without manganese as a catalyst. Manganese also protects us from ammonia that develops in our cells as part of the energy-heat production process when protein is broken down. Ammonia is such a powerful poison that a thousandth of a milligram in a quart of blood can kill a person.
Free radical damage can be minimized with the help of manganese. Free radicals are molecules with an unpaired or odd electron. They originate from chemicals in food, water and air, from radiation and from oxidation of cells.
The superoxide-dismutase enzyme system is essential in the fight against free radicals. Without manganese, this system cannot protect against free radicals and cell damage. Manganese helps guard us from cancer as part of this system, and by warding off the ill effects of pollutants in food, water, air and the environment.
Manganese also helps prevent cancer by synthesizing RNA. During manganese deficiencies, cells are improperly made, which, according to some authorities, can open the door to cancer.
Sometimes a manganese deficiency can cause diabetes. A study of 122 diabetics of all ages revealed that they had low levels of manganese. The control group of test subjects who had no blood sugar problems had manganese levels twice as high. When the diabetics received sufficient manganese over a period of time, their condition improved.
In addition to regulating blood sugar, manganese makes possible the proper use of blood fats, a function which prevents heart and artery ailments. Manganese helps to metabolize fats so that they can be properly used to make cell walls and protect nerve sheaths. When this mineral is deficient, fats make the rounds of the circulatory system, collecting in increasingly larger particles that adhere to arteries.
The best food sources of manganese are nuts, whole grains, seeds and fresh vegetables. Buckwheat, oats and wheat are cereals high in manganese. Hazelnuts, chestnuts, pecans, Brazil nuts and almonds rate highest among nuts. Sunflower and pumpkin seeds are manganese-rich as are watercress, peas, beans and turnip greens.
The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for manganese is 7 mg. An estimated nine percent of the manganese in the above foods is absorbed.
Manganese does a lot to keep us healthy, even though it gets little credit. It’s about time we start singing praises for this unsung hero.
Manganese is a very hard mineral to find information about. Luckily, Dr. Google takes me to what I need:
“Manganese gives us strong nerves “, “eyes may itch and burn”
“Extremely cold hands and feet…are often indicative of a manganese deficiency.”
and the biggest clue of all:
“Dizziness comes from bending over or jumping up quickly from a lying position. Many assert that it feels as though their brain is loose, rolling from side to side or front to back when they lean over. Motion of a boat, car, train or airplane is often nauseating and fosters dizziness. “
I know that I’ve used that exact description within this very blog to describe my symptoms over a year ago when I was looking at B vitamin deficiencies. Incredible! I’ve also had the nauseating effect from the motion of a boat for years.
Found the entry from my blog on June 13th, 2006:
“I know I’ve had some very weird symptoms in my head almost from the beginning and it’s more of a feeling than a symptom. It feels like something is not quite right, like an imbalance, a heaviness. I noticed this weird feeling the most when I tilted my head back and held it there for a while. When I moved it back to normal, I have this feeling like the fluid in my brain was heavier than usual.”
MANGANESE: THE BRAIN AND NERVE MINERAL
Manganese is the brain and nerve food element. This critical mineral is stored in the body in conjunction with lecithin (a brain and nerve fat). It is impossible to maintain good health if this element is missing from the diet. Manganese is found in the bloodstream and like iron it helps carry oxygen from the lungs to the cells. Manganese acts upon the linings of the brain and cranium and upon the nerves and nerve fibers of the body. Manganese gives us strong nerves and coordinates thoughts; it is crucial for thought and action coordination. Memory is heightened by manganese and concentration becomes easier as nerve circuits are electrified. The intercommunication network of the brain is more efficient when manganese is supplied in ample quantities. It helps brain fibers make connections which encourages coordination of thought and purpose, it also improves eyesight benefiting both close up and long distance viewing of objects.
INDICATIONS OF MAGANESE DEFICIENCY
Nerve problems (stuttering, depression, worry) call for manganese in the diet. Low manganese can trigger epileptic seizures. Doctors at the Montreal Children’s hospital in Quebec Canada found that manganese deficiency in animals caused a loss of muscle control and rats born to manganese deficient mother had seizures.Manganese is important to regulating blood sugar and low blood sugar can also cause seizures. Diabetics have been shown to have only a fraction of the manganese of normal individuals.
Poor memory, absentmindedness, disjointed thought may indicate a shortage of manganese in the diet. Manganese deficient people often report that taste is altered. The tasted buds are erratic, ranging from an overly-sweet taste to oily, putrid, offensive tastes. Seemingly without reason food tastes oily, fatty or rancid.
Physical senses of the manganese impoverished are dulled and blunted. Spots appear before the eyes and the eyes may itch and burn. Ears detect feeble or far away noises that interfere with normal hearing. Dizziness comes from bending over or jumping up quickly from a lying position. Many assert that it feels as though their brain is loose, rolling from side to side or front to back when they lean over. Motion of a boat, car, train or airplane is often nauseating and fosters dizziness.
Without manganese bones are susceptible to gout and bones and joints become painful. Rats fed a manganese deficient diet produced bones that were smaller and less mineral dense and more subject to fracture than those given sufficient amounts of this important trace mineral. Osteoporotic women had only a fraction of the manganese blood levels of women who were osteoporosis free. Manganese is a critical trace mineral when fighting bone mass density loss and should be added to the regimen when fighting osteoporosis.
Sufficient manganese helps nullify gout symptoms, especially at night. Extremely cold hands and feet, cold ankles or a cold area on the crown of the head are often indicative of a manganese deficiency.
The best natural food source of manganese is the Missouri black walnut. Many raw greens, nuts and seeds also contain minute traces of manganese. The manganese is stored in the oil of the nuts so cooking or processing removes this critical nutrient from most of these foods. A person does not need much of this mineral but it is a critical trace element that when missing from the diet will impact the health of the individual dramatically. Manganese works best when used in conjunction with zinc and copper.
Woke up with the vibration again…
So I wanted to try something different today. I’ll take half of my usual dosage of magnesium and keep everything else the same. (Molybdenum and zinc)
Around mid morning I start to get my cold hands so I take the other half of the magnesium and I figure I still need the higher dosage. I wait about 30 minutes and nothing. It had no effect whatsoever so I try the homeopathic magnesium and nothing. I’ll try the homeopathic iron…nothing. I had the bone meal with me at work so I tried that. Nothing.
Everything that normally works has failed.
The only difference is I stopped taking manganese yesterday and so I don’t have any on me today. By now it’s lunchtime and my hands are still cold. I figure it can only be manganese and I have some at home so I just need to wait until I get home. Because it’s lunchtime, I look up what foods are high in manganese and pineapple has the highest concentration so I pick some for lunch.
About 20 minutes after eating the pineapple my hands are normal again. Was it the manganese? I’ll need to look closer at this…
Stopped taking the manganese. I don’t think it was making any difference…even in the high dosage.
Here is a paragraph that suggests that magnesium substitutes for manganese in certain enzyme systems if manganese is deficient. Could this explain why taking magnesium always seems to help my symptoms but not actually solve the problem?
It is important to emphasize, however, that a manganese deficiency is very rare in humans, and does not usually develop unless manganese is deliberately eliminated from the diet. In addition, it has been suggested that magnesium substitutes for manganese in certain enzyme systems if manganese is deficient, thereby allowing the body to function normally despite the deficiency.
So this article suggests that manganese plays a role in nerves and collagen. Two factors that I am very, very interested in.
Manganese (Benefits & Deficiency Symptoms)
Manganese, also called the “brain mineral,” is important in the utilization of all mental facilities/functions. Though only found in trace amounts in the body, good health is impossible without it. Manganese increases resistance and recuperative ability and, like iron, aids in oxygen transfer from lungs to cells.
Manganese strengthens tendons, tissues, ligaments and linings in the outside of organs. “If the human body is well supplied with it (Manganese), various tissues, cells and nerves become more ductile, tensile and elastic.” (The Chemistry of Man by Bernard Jensen)
Manganese makes up part of a molecule known as mucopolysaccharides, which are used to form collagen, the strong fibrous connective material that builds tissue, bone and cartilage. This mesh of collagen is the framework on which calcium, magnesium and other bone-hardening minerals are deposited.
Manganese has a positive effect on the libido by increasing energy levels and the brain’s ability to receive and send messages. Manganese also helps the reproductive organs to work properly because of its effect on tissues and nerves. Production of sex hormones is aided by Manganese. Manganese can help reduce menstrual cramps and PMS. Manganese is stored half in the bones and the remainder in the liver, pancreas, pituitary gland and kidneys.
Very interesting link between iron and manganese. This article suggests that taking manganese will increase your iron level but if you look at the mineral ratios, the suggestion is that it will lower it.
Iron & Manganese: Both elements share left-right-sided cell receptors and are considered essential to human health. As is the case with all other associated mineral pairs, the absorption of iron (Fe) is dependent on manganese (Mn), however with manganese being frequently lower than iron, and since iron can provoke a number of problems when supplemented (constipation, gastric upset), the addition of manganese, when low also, is vitally important. This not only prevents further ratio conflicts between the two, but also substantially reduces the amount of iron needed when manganese is supplemented at the same time.
While some sources claim that manganese lowers iron levels, this is mostly a theoretical consideration that would only happen under unusual circumstances. In actual clinical settings, I have not seen a single incidence of a patient’s iron (ferritin) levels decline as a result of taking manganese, even when doses as high as 150mg per day were supplemented on an ongoing basis. In fact, most minor iron-deficiency situations can be dealt with by using manganese alone – without any iron – which reduces any possible
adverse effects that can be part of routine iron supplementation.
Last week I was thinking about the mineral ratios between calcium, magnesium, iron and phosphorus. I couldn’t figure out why taking calcium makes the vibration worse and the magnesium helped my overall symptoms. I assumed the extra calcium was effecting the ratio of magnesium. Looking at the mineral ratio chart again, calcium and phosphorus can both effect the ratio of manganese. I’ve taken manganese here and there before and I thought it affected my level of magnesium. Knowing what I know now, I’m not so sure. The mineral ratios suggest that it can also effect phosphorus.
I’ve been taking the Bone meal now every morning for a couple of days and although I don’t have any negative side effects, it doesn’t seem to have an effect on the vibration. The interesting thing is I did get that funny weird feeling in my head yesterday and I thought it was odd because I just started taking the Bone Meal. If I was low in phosphorus and was now taking 500 mg extra a day, why did I get that weird feeling? It’s really hard to describe other than that it feels like I have an extremely low level of something but I just can’t figure out what it is and there are no other symptoms when it happens.
Could it be manganese? It has to be something in that important ratio of calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper, phosphorus and manganese. I’ve really exausted my research on all of them except maybe one… Manganese!
Manganese might be a really good idea since I’ve started the Bone Meal. And it helps with the high level of copper too. Anytime I’ve tried it in the past, it’s been in a very standard dosage as directed. This time, I’ll try as much as 75 mg a day.
This is one amazing article on mineral ratios and I got some new facts that I didn’t know before. Apparently you should take vitamin B6 with zinc because they work far more effectively together. It also recommends that you take manganese if you are taking zinc so that the extra zinc does not overwhelm manganese causing deficiency.
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This document was provided by Continuum Magazine VOL. 4 No. 6
Immune suppression is caused by cumulative onslaughts and any diseases which result have deep-seated causes, so in order to protect yourself from disease it is essential that you address the real factors of your health. A main contributor to your underlying and deep-seated health is the levels of minerals which you have in your blood and those stored in different parts of your body.
All life, including our bodies, is made up of two fundamentally different groups of substances: organic and inorganic. Organic substances are produced by the chemical reactions of life. They are made, broken down and remade according to what we eat, breathe and soak in from our environment. They form the proteins, vitamins, carbohydrates and fats which are the basis of everything we need in order to live – muscles, nerves, skin and organs. These organic substances exist in a state of flux, participating in a series of chemical reactions out of which new substances are formed – some which we use and some which we remove as waste.
Inorganic substances are responsible for the reactions which cause this state of flux and constant rebuilding and removal of new and old cells. They cannot be created or broken down in our bodies so we only need a small amount of them and can use them again and again. These inorganic substances are minerals and they have been around far longer than any organic life forms.
We know that without them there would be no life at all because without them the reactions necessary to create life would never get around to happening. A cell that lacks proper mineral balance will fail to perform at its optimum level and the work that is cut out for individual cells is quite astonishing. As we understand more about the roles and inter-relationships between the minerals and organic life it is becoming clear that many of today’s problems, from general fatigue to the common cold or cancer may be related to mineral deficiencies or imbalances.
The human body can survive longer without all the essential vitamins than it can without the essential minerals – in fact we could not even begin to use vitamins if we had no minerals. Like the vitamins, minerals are generally consumed in minute quantities – even so the main categorization between minerals is that of major minerals and trace minerals. The major minerals have a structural role to play as well as causing reactions – for example calcium and phosphorus form a large part of the bones. The trace minerals are found in tiny quantities and just a bit too much or not enough can cause problems.
To actually get the minerals into your blood and your body you need to absorb them. Just taking a food substance into your mouth does not necessarily mean that you will derive all the potential benefits from it. You have to actually break the substance down and then get it across any barriers which are in the way, ensuring that your body does not think it is either waste or poison.
Some minerals are antagonistic towards each other, for example calcium and magnesium. They are very similar in structure and compete for spaces to jump into. This can cause problems if you have too much of one because it will prevent the absorption of the other. Many minerals are absorbed better in one chemical context than in another – for example your body may find it easier to absorb calcium from green leaves and seeds rather than milk and dairy produce. So what you eat is important both for that reason and also because it will affect the internal environment of your body, most importantly your intestines, through whose walls absorption takes place. If food passes through you quickly, as it does when you are suffering from diarrhoea, then absorption is diminished. Bacterial or fungal over-growth causes the surface area of the intestines to be reduced which results in absorption being further diminished.
You need to be able to move minerals to where you will use them once they are inside your body . We have special arrangements for transporting them around the body and for storing them in organs, like keeping iron in the liver. Both transportation and storage for minerals usually involve a protein dedicated for the task
Minerals work together in different ways – some are synergistic and help each other, while some are antagonistic. For example you should take vitamin B6 when you take zinc because they work far more effectively together, whereas zinc and manganese are antagonistic so you should take manganese if you are taking zinc supplements so that the extra zinc does not overwhelm the manganese causing deficiency. Some minerals play more significant roles in immunity than others – for example zinc is a necessary ingredient for T-cell immunity. Low levels have been associated with reduced antibody response, abnormal proportions of antibodies and defective cell-mediated immunity. You must have enough vitamin B6 to be able to use zinc properly and best food sources are pumpkin and sunflower seeds, whole grains, sea vegetables, watercress, lentils, parsley, okra and carrots. You lose lots of zinc every time you ejaculate (if you are a man) so future safer sex campaigns should involve keeping a bowl of almonds (also high in zinc) next to your bed to replace the lost zinc. Incidentally, one way of noticing zinc deficiencies is the white marks you may find in your finger nails.
Zinc is an antioxidant, as are selenium and germanium – two other trace minerals. Antioxidants are important for house keeping and getting rid of unwanted free radicals. Sodium and potassium are crucial for cell health because they are responsible (amongst other things) for water balance within your cells – too much sodium will cause flooding and all the cellular reactions will slow down. Now is a good time to get rid of the table salt and eat more vegetables and bananas which are renowned for their high potassium content. There are lots of accessible details in all libraries and bookshops about the roles of minerals and it is worth finding out some more.
Some minerals are bad for our health – these are known as heavy metals and include lead, aluminum and cadmium. The potential for receiving toxic minerals is all around us – cadmium for example is found in tobacco, oysters, some instant teas and coffees, some canned foods and the kidneys of pigs given cadmium as a worm killer, and can cause your kidneys and liver to malfunction.
Most of the minerals, especially the trace elements, are highly toxic to the body in excess. One example is iron, which is most concentrated in red meats, but also exists in more balanced proportions in dark leafy greens and sea vegetables. Iron-overload causes the sequestration of T-cells from the blood into bone marrow which makes them unavailable for cellular immunity (and lowers your T-cell count – good news for your doctor and the drug companies) – not so good for an embattled immune system. Add to this the fact that iron excess inhibits the absorption and utilization of zinc and you will begin to realize that mineral balances are fundamentally important.
Our health is largely dependent on the conditions of the soil in which our food is grown and the type and amount of fertilizers used. As we tend to focus on calories rather than the nutritional status of our plants, huge sums of agricultural money are spent on developing bigger plants which grow in less time in the smaller spaces. This drains the soil of its nutrients, so future plants which grow there will have less minerals available as will any creatures that eat them. Bearing in mind that there are not many minerals left in some soils, some types of fertilizers inhibit the uptake of certain minerals like nitrates causing crops to be deficient in magnesium. Many of our food crops are now generally deficient in magnesium, iron, zinc, selenium, manganese and copper. In order to improve our health and that of future generations we must re-mineralize our soils. In the meantime it is good to know that sea vegetables have not yet become so distorted.
Different parts of plants contain varying amounts of minerals – for example, white flour has only 6% of the magnesium that wheat germ contains, but within the agribusiness it is unprofitable to store wheat germ because it contains fat and goes off faster than white flour. It is therefore up to us, the consumers, to make informed decisions about the food we eat, and which parts of any plant, if any, we choose to call waste.
The time scale of mineral uptake and loss is long, it can be many months or even years before exposure or lack of exposure to certain elements is noted with respect to a person’s state of health and that usually takes the help of a trained nutritionist. If someone is deficient in a vitamin the problem can be treated instantaneously with vitamin supplements. With minerals, however the path to recovery is much longer.
Improving your mineral status by eating a whole food diet will ensure that you get the right minerals in the correct, purpose-built proportions and supplementing can improve the levels of some long-term imbalances with truly life-changing results. You can in fact heal yourself, if you make the necessary commitment to yourself and your lifestyle by correcting imbalances and deficiencies, introducing fewer toxins and getting rid of the ones you already have whilst increasing your life force. If you an antibody-positive diagnosis thank your lucky stars for the pause to think – if you don’t already, now is the time to start looking after yourself.
The weekend is here and dropping the manganese is making a difference. So I’m going to try another test. Now that I’ve switched to magnesium glycinate, I’m going to try a lower dosage. I’ll take 200 mg in the morning and 200 mg at night.
This should be very interesting…
So for a week now I’ve lowered my zinc and I’m only taking magnesium with 50 mg of B6, 50 mg of niacin and 25 mg of manganese. It’s really strange because for some reason I feel like I’m losing my magnesium and it happens after I take the lunchtime supplements.
Then I realize that it must be the manganese as I’ve had this happen before when I tried it the first time. Forget it, from here on in it’s only magnesium, B3 and B6 with vitamin C and a lower dosage of zinc.
I’ll switch to magnesium glycinate to see if that works any better.
What else do I discover? A zinc deficiency due to copper toxicity can also result in anxiety. I wonder if the zinc deficiency is the cause of my mystery vibration? I came across the Cleveland clinic website of neurological symptoms and there are a number of people with a similar internal vibration feeling and all of them are saying that their doctors have discovered nothing wrong in their blood tests. This leads me to believe that my problem is shared with other people and not some rare disease. My vibration is stronger when I take high doses of zinc which would cause copper toxicity symptoms.
I’ve asked for one week vacation starting March 26th and I’ll attempt the copper detoxification when I’m not at work. That will give me some time to prepare for it.
I alter my vitamins slightly for the evening dosage as I’d like to change them to help with the excess copper. I switch to a multivitamin that contains no copper and has iron instead. My other multi didn’t have iron. I also replace one magnesium with calcium/magnesium in a 1/1 ratio for added calcium. I’ve picked up manganese recently so I’ll take one of those as well. Taurine is recommended and I still have some left over so I’ll start that tomorrow.