Sunday, March 13, 2011

The nutritional value of beets - Part 11: Manganese

Beet greens

Beet greens - raw: Manganese
Measure: 38g (1 cup)
Calories: 8

Manganese is a trace element for which there is no RDA*. However, it is agreed that it is an essential nutrient and that the estimated daily requirement is 2 - 5 mg. One cup of raw beet greens provides approximately 7% of this amount.

Manganese has been found useful in controlling inflammation and, as such, is indicated in controlling symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. It has been shown to be fundamental to healthy production and function of the thyroid hormone. It is important in blood sugar control, neurotransmitter control, and metabolism in general.

* RDA has been made obsolete by the USDA and so, as of March 2011, when I do mention it, it shall only be as a quaint matter of historical interest. RDA has been replaced by three other measures which are (a) unrelated to RDA and (b) meaningless for all practical purposes at this time. This will remain the case until such time as the new measures are sufficiently and comprehensively developed to the point of serving a meaningful purpose.

For a broad overview of one of the new, incomplete standard measures, check out Dietary Reference Intake .

Additional information about the health benefits of beets may be found by following these links:

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