Molybdenum is a trace element Molybdenum is present in very small amounts in the body but it’s important for the body. The average human body has about 0.7 mg of molybdenum per ten kilograms weight.
Molybdenum is found in the liver, kidneys, and vertebrae. Molybdenum is also found in the tooth enamel.
Dietary sources of molybdenum include pork, lamb, beef liver, green beans, peas, nuts, leafy vegetables, eggs, wheat flour, lentils, sunflower seeds and cucumbers. The quantity of molybdenum that you get from vegetable will however depend on the quantity that is present in the soil.
Molybdenum is considered necessary for the development of the nervous system, waste processing in the kidneys, and energy production in cells.
Molybdenum helps in regulating the pH balance in the body. For each point increase in the pH level, the oxygen level in the body increases ten-fold. This, in turn, speeds the metabolism of the body and increases the body’s ability to burn fat.
Molybdenum supports bone growth and prevents teeth from decaying.
Who can benefit from taking Molybdenum
People who eat a lot of refined foods run the risk of decreased molybdenum levels in the body. Molybdenum is used to treat sulfite sensitivity; sulfites are used in processed foods to prevent them from getting spoiled.
Molybdenum is being tested for treating cancer. Animal trials have shown reduced side effects of some cancer drugs on the lungs and heart.
Molybdenum is used in the treatment of Wilson’s disease, where children are born with an inability to process copper.
Molybdenum and riboflavin together can help increase red blood cells in the body.
Prolonged intravenous feeding also causes a molybdenum deficiency and such patients need to be given molybdenum supplements.
Molybdenum in high quantities can cause your body to lose copper. It could also lead to anemia and diarrhea.
The dosage varies depending on the age group. For adults, 19 years and older the RDA is 240 micrograms a day.