Janet was frustrated. She had seen so many doctors, taken so many pills, and had so many treatments. But nothing worked. Janet suffered from a severe foot drag.
Janet could no longer lift her left leg. But she could still put weight on it. So when she walked, she would step with her right leg and drag the left one along until she could stand on it to take another step. It was slow and quite embarrassing.
Unfortunately, Janet didn't know why her leg started dragging. She didn't injure it. She didn't have any other health problems. She just started losing control of it.
As Janet saw one doctor after another, the frustration really set in. She was losing hope that she would ever walk normally again. Even integrative physicians couldn't help her â€“ until she went to see her chiropractor.
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Manganese is a trace mineral found in minute amounts in the human body. It's not a mineral you hear much about because most people don't have a manganese deficiency. Well, at least that's what most doctors will tell you. Manganese is gaining ground as a mineral that's involved in more nerve issues than originally thought.
In fact, manganese is absolutely vital for good brain and muscle function. If you suffer from an inability to concentrate, you could have a manganese deficiency. This mineral essentially electrifies nerves and enables them to communicate with one another. The mineral also guards against nerve depletion.
When you take manganese, it improves the resiliency of your nerves. It also enhances nerve conductivity and the transfer of nerve messages. So you can see why it's so vital for your brain. But it's also crucial for your brain's ability to talk to the rest of your body. This intercommunication network within your body relies on manganese and other minerals to function properly. In Janet's case, it's likely her nerves weren't communicating between her left leg and her brain. Since her leg wasn't injured, this is the only likely cause of her problem.
Naturally, Janet started taking manganese daily. The result was shocking. Within two days, her leg drag was almost completely gone. In no time, she was walking normally. Some would call this a miracle. It probably is. I'm not sure how the chiropractor knew she had a manganese deficiency. But he was spot on. It cleared up her leg drag without any further intervention or side effects.
Manganese has the potential to be toxic if you take too much of it. But there's limited evidence for this toxicity. Some vegetarian diets provide as much as 20 mg daily without any evidence of neurological problems. And some studies have used short-term doses of 40 mg daily. However, most of you just need to take enough to replenish your deficiency. For most people 2-3 mg daily is sufficient. This dose is unlikely to cause any side effects. But if you notice any negative effects whatsoever, you need to stop taking it and let your body work with what it has. Talk to your doctor before taking larger doses.
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Steve Kroening, ND