Manganese is a co-factor for enzymes involved in the formation of bone and cartilage and healing after fractures or other injuries. The exact role of manganese in bone structure is not completely understood, but animals with low levels of manganese in their diet may develop with weakened or abnormal bone structure. Osteoporosis is more common in women with low levels of manganese in their blood, and bone injuries heal slowly or improperly if manganese is lacking.
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