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Exploring the Nutritional and Historical Significance of Manna

Manna is a food that has been mentioned in various religious texts ( Quran and Bible) and has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. This sweet, resinous substance has a unique history and a remarkable nutritional value that is worth exploring. In this blog post, we'll dive into the fascinating history and impressive nutritional benefits of Manna..







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"Manna" was mentioned in the Holy Quran, Surah Al-Baqarah (2), Verse 57

        "And ˹remember when˺ We shaded you with clouds and sent down to you manna and quails, ˹saying˺, “Eat from the good things We have provided for you.” The evildoers ˹certainly˺ did not wrong Us, but wronged themselves.."



Manna is a sweet, resinous substance that is produced by certain types of trees, such as the Tamarisk tree. It has a unique taste that is often described as honey-like or similar to the taste of brown sugar.

Manna has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years, with many cultures believing that it has healing properties. Today, it is still used in some traditional medicines.


Nutritional Value

Manna is not only a tasty treat, but it is also packed with nutritional benefits. It is a rich source of carbohydrates, providing energy to the body. It also contains vitamins such as vitamin C and vitamin B6, as well as minerals like calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Manna is also believed to have anti-inflammatory properties, making it a valuable food for those with inflammation-related conditions.

Medical Study Review

ِA recent study1 published in October 2019,  provided significant information about the health benefits of manna. The identification of phenol components and the determination of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity in vitro demonstrate the potential of manna as a natural product for human health. 

The hydro-alcoholic extract of manna, a vegetable product derived from the sap of certain Fraxinus species, was investigated to identify phenol components and determine its potential as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. Researchers Alessandro Attanzio, Antonella D'Anneo, and others discovered that the extract contained several phenols, including elenolic acid, tyrosol, hydroxytyrosol, catechin, and gallic acid. They tested the extract's antioxidant activity using several methods, including the Folin-Ciocalteu reaction and ferric reducing ability. The extract was found to be an effective chain-breaking antioxidant against lipoperoxyl radicals, which cause oxidative damage in the body.
In cell models for oxidative stress, the extract prevented membrane lipid oxidation, prevented the generation of reactive oxygen species, and reduced the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines IL-6 and IL-8. These findings suggest that manna acts as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory natural product in humans, beyond its well-known effects against constipation.

The Sicilian manna has long been known for its mild laxative and emollient properties and is used as a natural health remedy in popular medicine. It is applied in dermatological preparations, syrups, and is recommended to regulate intestinal and hepatic function. Sugars, mono- and oligo-saccharides make up more than 80% of the dry weight of the Fraxinus manna. Mannitol is the main constituent, representing 50% of the total sugars. Besides, a recent phytochemical characterization has revealed fatty acids and phenol components.

1- Attanzio, A., D’Anneo, A., Pappalardo, F., Bonina, F.P., Livrea, M.A., Allegra, M., & Tesoriere, L. (2019). Phenolic Composition of Hydrophilic Extract of Manna from Sicilian Fraxinus angustifolia Vahl and its Reducing, Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory Activity in Vitro. Antioxidants, 8.


Manna has a long and interesting history. It is mentioned in various religious texts, including the Bible and the Quran, where it is described as a food provided by God. Manna was also used by ancient Egyptians and Greeks for medicinal purposes.

In the 19th century, Manna was used as a remedy for various ailments such as constipation, fever, and coughs. Today, Manna is still used in traditional medicines and is often used as a natural sweetener in foods.


In conclusion, Manna is a fascinating food with a unique history and impressive nutritional value. Its use in traditional medicines and its mention in religious texts make it a significant food in various cultures around the world. Its nutritional benefits, including its rich carbohydrate content and anti-inflammatory properties, make it worth exploring.

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Waleed Foad

Dr. Waleed Foad

Physician Nutrition Consultant, For 15+ years

Master degree in Public Health, Majoring: Nutrition

Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)

Alexandria University, Egypt.

Posted on
22 Mar 2023
Walaa Foula

Dr. Walaa Foula

Physician Nutrition Consultant, For 17+ years

Doctorate degree in Public Health, Majoring: Nutrition

Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)

Alexandria University, Egypt.

Posted on
22 Mar 2023
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