Function – Manganese contributes to:
The normal formation of connective tissue – Collagen is a protein and one of the major constituents of connective tissue. Manganese is a cofactor of many enzymes involved in amino acids metabolism, the protein’s building blocks
The maintenance of normal bones – It is thougth that Manganese is part of the developmental process and the structure of the fragile ear bones and joint cartilage
Normal energy-yielding metabolism - Manganese is a cofactor of many enzymes involved in glucose metabolism (building block for energy production).
The protection of cells from oxidative stress - Manganese is a component of antioxidant enzyme manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD)