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Manganese and Prostate Health

Manganese is an essential trace mineral. It is essential to the health and functioning of the human body and human mind in several ways. The adult human body contains about 10 to 20 milligrams of manganese. Half of the body’s manganese is stored in the bones. The remainder is stored in the liver, pancreas, pituitary gland, and kidneys.Manganese is often referred to as the “brain mineral”. Manganese is required for all mental facilities and functions. Manganese supports the functions of nerves, and helps us to retain memory and maintain emotional stability. Without the presence of manganese, thiamin (Vit B1) cannot be processed by the body.

Reproductive Health

Manganese supports reproductive health. It helps to produce sex hormones and sperm. Manganese acts as a catalyst for breaking down fatty acids and cholesterol.Manganese has a positive effect on the male reproductive system.

  • It increases sexual energy. It also enhances the brain’s aptitude for receiving and sending messages.
  • Manganese impacts tissues and nerves, and thus assists in the functioning of the reproductive organs.
  • Sex hormones are produced in the pituitary gland, where a considerable amount of manganese exists. Because of this, manganese is believed to assist in sexual health.
  • Manganese increases the mobility of sperm.
  • Manganese is needed for the development and health of the reproductive organs.

A deficiency in manganese in men may lead to impotence, disinterest in sex, and a low sperm count. A deficiency may contribute to infertility.

Other Functions

  • Bone health depends on manganese. Manganese is found in a molecule called mucopolysaccharides. These molecules are utilized to build collagen and form the framework for deposition of calcium, magnesium, and other bone building minerals.
  • Enzymes called glycolsyltranserferases and xylosyltransferases are vital to bone building. Manganese is known to activate these enzymes.
  • Tendons, tissues, ligaments, and linings found in organs and outside them are built up by manganese.
  • Manganese reinforces muscular reflexes and in this way supports the nervous system and the functioning of the brain.
  • It enhances the natural functioning of the immune system. It also helps to supply oxygen from the lungs to the cells.
  • Manganese works in combination with certain enzymes to help in the digestion of food. These enzymes help to release the energy from food, and use it as fuel for the functioning of body and mind.
  • Manganese is a part of the enzyme, superoxide dismutase (MnSOD), a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants can help to combat the damage of free radicals. Research suggests that MnSOD may reduce the risk of prostate cancer in certain men.

The Health and Nutrition Examination Survey estimate that as many as 30% of Americans do not get the recommended daily amounts of manganese in their diet. This may be due to the fact that whole grains are a major source of dietary manganese, and many Americans consume refined grains more often than whole grains. The milling of grains removes 73% of manganese.

Natural Food Sources

Tea, whole grains, raw nuts, and green leafy veggies, avocados, carrots, pineapples, eggs are rich sources of …

What is Sedation Dentistry?

The basics of sedation dentistry

Going to the dentist can incite fear or worry for some people. The thought of needles poking through your gums or the shrill sound of the dental drill may be enough to cause anxiety, preventing you from making an appointment with the dentist. If this scenario seems familiar, then sedation dentistry is a good route to take. You can find out more about dental sedation by consulting with your dentist about the available options.

About sedation dentistry

Sedation dentistry is a way of keeping the patient calm and relaxed through the use of sedatives during dental procedures. These sedatives may include tranquilizers, nitrous oxide and anti-anxiety medications. In the past, it was common to administer sedatives through the intravenous or IV method, which is injecting it to the blood vessels of either the arm or hand. Then again, needles can cause more anxiety to the patient.

Medical advancements in dental technology helped create alternatives for taking in sedatives without using injections. Today, patients can choose oral administration or taking in anti-anxiety medication through the mouth – gone are the needles or any apparatus for that matter. Indeed, oral sedation dentistry paves the way for a painless visit to the dentist.

What is involved?

Learning about sedation dentistry entails many factors before reaching a decision. We can take you through every step of the procedure – from the day before the treatment to the moment you head back home.

Through pre-treatment consultation, the dentist will check the dental history, the anxiety levels and other health factors of the patient. Taking sedatives may pose risks, thus it is very important for the dentist to know about medical conditions if there are any to take note of. Since some sedatives may react a certain way to vitamins, food supplements, smoking or drinking, details such as lifestyle choices and dietary habits need to be laid out on the table during a consultation. The dentist will also advise you on what food you can and can’t eat before and after the treatment. After discussing all these concerns, the dentist will decide on what type of sedative and dosage to prescribe for you.

Sometimes during the treatment, you might require assistance of a family member or a friend who can drive you to the clinic and stay with you after for a few hours. The effects of sedation dentistry may vary from patient to patient. Some may feel sedated an hour or two after the procedure, requiring assistance at home until the effects wear off.


Sedation dentistry offers many benefits in more ways than one. Lengthy procedures such as cosmetic dentistry or dental surgeries that take more than an hour to perform may seem to last for only a few minutes for the patient under sedation. It can also cut down the number of appointments in which these complex procedures can be performed.

More importantly, sedation dentistry allows the patient to regain confidence because anxieties are kept at bay through …