Symptoms of deficiency Allergies, hypoglycemia, diabetes, dizziness, ringing in the ears, fatigue, weakness, fractures, osteoporosis, myasthenia gravis
Many people are deficient in manganese these days, along with other trace minerals. Many people are born with low manganese as their mothers were deficient in this trace element. Eating refined or processed foods can cause deficiencies as these foods have little to no manganese in them. Eating too much raw food like salads can cause deficiencies as humans don`t have the enzymatic capabilities to break down the tough fibres to extract enough manganese from the food.
Toxic manganese Gasoline is actually a highly toxic form of manganese. If you live by a busy road then the exposure to these fumes can cause your body to absorb more of this toxic kind of manganese in place of the essential form. Welders are often exposed to toxic forms of manganese that has the same effect. This can show up in bizarre and violent behaviour.
Symptoms of toxicity Anorexia, anger, neurological symptoms, ataxia, schizophrenia, criminal activity, iron deficiency, parkinsons, hearing loss, headaches, mental dullness or, sometimes high intellect, ringing in the ears, Meniere`s syndrome, dizziness, dementia, skin disorders, emotional issues, joint problems, muscle twitching, disturbed sleep. As the toxic manganese is eliminated (which can take a long time) the symptoms reduce.
Interesting fact - Manganese is sometimes known as the female elements, or maternal element. This is because animals fed low manganese diets were less maternal with their young and even abandoned them completely. Toxic manganese poisoning was often referred to as Manganese madness and was seen in the manganese miners. It often accumulates in the pons and cerebellar region of the brain.