Manganese plays a role in the formation of cartilage, bone, and connective tissue. In particular it is involved in the formation of the cartilage shields at the ends of the bones.
Manganese and iron possess similar qualities. Manganese is contained in red blood corpuscles. It improves the oxygenation of the blood, nerves, and brain cells - it is a "giver" of oxygen. The manganese compound (MnO2) and iron (Fe) are nearly identical in their properties. The word "manganese" comes from the Latin word, "magnes," meaning magnet (due to its iron-like magnetic qualities).
Both manganese and iron are necessary in the growth of plants.
Manganese, like zinc, is a major component of enzymes, including the incredible antioxidant, anti-inflammatory enzyme super oxide dismutase (SOD).
Manganese, we have discovered, is the iron regulator. It is biologically transmutated into iron as the body requires it. The secret of iron-rich blood is a diet rich in iron and in manganese.
Manganese is present in seeds. Upon sprouting seeds, this element is converted to become iron in the growing shoots. In his book, Biological Transmutations, C.L. Kervran mentions studies by Professor Baranger describing that the enzyme synthesized at the start of germination is capable of transmutating manganese into iron, and in some legume seeds transmutes 25 times the weight of manganese into iron. (This result was achieved by adding a soluble manganese salt to distilled water).