Aug 022013
 

That may seem like a pretty silly title for a smoothie but it fits. We have all heard the phrase “vitamins and minerals”, and we have already done some posts on the common vitamins. Now we turn to the minerals and, to begin, we will focus on Manganese.

As a mineral Manganese is known as a free element in nature but is often found in combination with Iron. Manganese is an important part of many different metal applications including stainless steel and aluminum alloys.

Biologically speaking, Manganese is essential in most forms of life on earth. Our bodies have around 12 mg. of manganese, most of which is stored in the skeleton. The FDA has established a Recommended Daily Amount of 2.3 mg.

Dietary sources of manganese include:
• Cinnamon
• Beans
• Spinach
• Raspberries
• Strawberries
• Eggplant
• Pineapple
• Thyme
• Brown Rice
The Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University has this to say about Manganese:
“Manganese is a mineral element that is both nutritionally essential and potentially toxic. The derivation of its name from the Greek word for magic remains appropriate, because scientists are still working to understand the diverse effect of manganese deficiency and manganese toxicity in living organisms.”

What science has established so far is that manganese is important in numerous physiologic processes. It is a main part of many different enzymes and works to activate others.

In other words, it is really good for you!

And here is a smoothie recipe that is rich in manganese, and in taste!
In your favorite blender mix:
• ½ cup fresh strawberries
• ½ cup fresh raspberries
• ¼ cup fresh pineapple
• ½ cup milk
• Ice to taste
• (optional)1 Tbsp. Chia seed
If the mix still needs some thinning, try adding a bit of strawberry or raspberry yogurt.

Manganese Fruit Smoothie

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