Molybdenum

Molybdenum

Molybdenum

Formal Name: Ammonium Molybdate
Supplement Forms: Pills, food, liquid

Recommended Daily Allowance

  • Infants: (0 to 12 Months) 2 – 3 mcg/day
  • Children: (1 to 13 Years) 17 – 34 mcg/day
  • Adolescents: (14 to 18 Years) 43 mcg/day
  • Adults: (19 and older) 45 mcg/day
  • Lactating Women: 50 mcg/day
  • Pregnant Women: 50 mcg/day

Notes: mcg stands for micrograms.

Additional Information

Molybdenum can be found in most plans and animals. It was originally discovered in 1781 and is thought to be an antioxidant and an influential nutrient in enzyme action. The body only requires a minor amount of molybdenum which most people adequately are supplied via foods that are derived from nutrient rich soil.

Bodily Functions That Molybdenum Assists In

Molybdenum contributes in the breaking down of toxins that build up within the body. It has antioxidant characteristics that allow it to destroy nitrosamines – a compound associated with cancer. It is a critical co-factor in the enzyme system that allows the metabolism of fats and carbohydrates as well as the synthesis of protein and transportation of iron.

Symptoms Of Deficiency:
  • Deficiency of molybdenum is rare
  • Can result in an irregular heartbeat, fatigue, decreased fat oxidation and irritability
Foods High In Molybdenum

Foods that are adequate sources of molybdenum are legumes, leafy green vegetables, whole grains, beans, wheat germ, sunflower seeds, fruits and meats.

Ailments That Molybdenum Helps Against:
  • May reduce allergy symptoms
  • Contributes to anemia prevention
  • May protect against stomach and esophagus cancers
  • Helps treat Wilson’s disease
Side Effects/Toxicity

Molybdenum toxicity is extremely rare. Symptoms may include stiff joints, abnormal bone development, anemia and diarrhea.

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