Help your memory with Manganese

Jul 31, 2015Bill Sutherland
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Mixed nuts provide a source of manganese, a brain-friendly mineral. Like copper, manganese helps you metabolize neurotransmitters. Specifically, it aids in the synthesis of glutamate, a neurotransmitter that plays a key role in memory formation. Low manganese levels are also linked to genetic epilepsy, according to the Linus Pauling Institute, although the role of manganese in seizures is not yet understood.

Consuming an ounce of mixed nuts boosts your manganese intake by 0.44 milligrams, providing 24 percent of the RDA for women and 19 percent for men, according to the Linus Pauling Institute.

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