Strawberries – Packed with Manganese!

Manganese (Mn) is a mineral mainly available from plant foods. Our bodies only stores about 15-20mg of Mn as back-up, so we need a daily intake of this wonderful mineral via our diets.

Manganese play an important role in health systems such as:

  • The skin– Manganese forms part of an enzyme called prolidaze, crucial in the formation of collagen, the structural part of skin.
  • Bone formation- research is suggesting that manganese assist the mineral matrix in bone that keep Calcium in place. With this in mind, it has been suggested that manganese can be helpful in the prevention of osteoporosis.
  • Blood sugar control – Manganese help many enzymes to function properly in a process called, gluconeogenesis, where proteins and fatty acids are converted into glucose when needed.

Strawberries (1 cup) can provide 28% of our daily manganese requirements! According to the World’s Healthiest Foods, strawberries are an excellent source of manganese supporting skin health, bone health, blood sugar control and even heart health!