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Brand Name: MnC12

Generic Name: Manganese

Drug Class: Trace Elements/Metals

What Is Manganese and How Does It Work?

Manganese is a mineral that is found in several foods including nuts, legumes, seeds, tea, whole grains, and leafy green vegetables. It is considered an essential nutrient, because the body requires it to function properly. People use manganese as medicine.

Manganese is used for prevention and treatment of manganese deficiency, a condition in which the body doesn't have enough manganese. It is also used for weak bones (osteoporosis), a type of "tired blood" (anemia), and symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

Manganese is sometimes included with chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine hydrochloride in multi-ingredient products promoted for osteoarthritis.

Manganese is available under the following different brand names: MnC12

Dosages of Manganese:


  • 10 mg (elemental)
  • 15 mg (elemental)
  • 93 mg (aspartate; 25 mg elemental)
  • 50 mg (gluconate; 5.7 mg elemental)


  • 16.67 mg
  • 50 mg

Injectable Solution (adult and pediatric)

  • 0.1 mg/ml

Dosage Considerations – Should be Given as Follows:

Adult, adequate intake

  • Male: 1.9-2.3 mg/day
  • Female: 1.6-1.8 mg/day
  • Pregnancy: 2 mg/day
  • Lactation: 2.6 mg/day

Pediatric, adequate intake

  • Infants under 6 months; 0.3-0.6 mg/day
  • Infants 6-12 months: 0.6-1.0 mg/day
  • Children 1-3 years: 1.0-1.5 mg/day
  • Children 3-8 years: 1.5-2.0 mg/day
  • Children 8-13 years: 1.9 mg/day (males), 1.6 mg/day (females)
  • Children 13-18 years: 2.2 mg/day (males), 1.6 mg/day (females)

Prevention of Deficiency



  • Parenteral solution (TPN): 2-10 mcg/kg/day intravenously

Osteoporosis (off-label)

  • 5 mg orally each day
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/15/2017

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