Manganese absorption from human milk, cow's milk, and infant formulas in humans

L. Davidsson, A. Cederblad, B. Lonnerdal, B. Sandstrom

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Manganese absorption from human mil, cow's mil, and infant formulas was studied in humans by using extrinsic labeling of the diets with manganese 54 or manganese 52 and whole-body retention measurements. The fractional manganese absorption from human milk (8.2% ± 2.9%) was significantly different when compared with cow's milk (2.4% ± 1.7%), soy formula (0.7% ± 0.02%), and whey-preponderant cow's milk formula with 12 mg/L of iron (1.7% ± 1.0%) and without iron fortification (2 mg/L of iron) (3.1% ± 2.8%), while no significant difference was observed between a whey-preponderant cow's milk formula with 7 mg/L of iron (5.9% ± 4.8%) and human milk. The total amount of absorbed manganese was significantly higher from the non-iron-fortified cow's milk formula (2 mg/L of iron) as compared with human milk, while no significant differences were observed for the other milks and formulas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)823-827
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Diseases of Children
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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