Molybdenum
 
Minerals

 

Molybdenum

Our 12th nutrient mineral (in alphabetical order). Molybdenum is a trace element. Chemical symbol: Mb. Molybdenum is a vital part of the enzyme which is responsible for the utilization of iron in our bodies. Molybdenum may also have antioxidant properties. Recent studies indicate that it is necessary for optimum health. Known to provide a feeling of well-being.

Functions/Benefits
• Aids in the metabolism of fats and carbohydrates.
• Vital for the utilization of iron in our bodies.
• Prevents anaemia.
• Prevents sexual impotence.

Deficiency Symptoms
Irregular heartbeat. Inability to produce uric acid. Irritability. Poor growth. Impotence. Tooth decay.

Food sources
Beans (esp. butterbeans). Buckwheat. Lentils. Liver and other organ meats. Split peas. Whole grains.

Nutrient Destroyers

High intake of copper or sulphate, can impede the absorption of molybdenum and increase its excretion.

US RDA: 50-500mcg (microgram)
EU RDA: no officcial figures
Supplements: 50-100mcg

Toxicity
Toxic in doses higher than 10-15mg (milligram), which causes gout-like symptoms.


 

 

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