Manganese is one of those humble trace elements so often overlooked, yet essential to your health. It enables the body to utilize Vitamin C, B1, biotin as well as choline. The manufacture of fat, sex hormones, and breast milk require the presence of manganese. Manganese exerts an antioxidant effect, helping to neutralize free radicals, assisting in the prevention of diabetes, and is necessary in promoting normal nerve function. Manganese also stimulates growth of connective tissue and is thought to be of importance in brain functioning.