Molybdenum

Molybdenum is an essential mineral. It is not produced in the human body, so we must obtain it through our diets. The human body requires very minute quantities of molybdenum to support enzymes. Molybdenum deficiencies are very rare. Molybdenum triggers the function of enzymes vital for the synthesis of amino acids and certain compounds’ metabolism. Kidneys are the main regulators of molybdenum levels in the body and are responsible for its excretion. Molybdenum is involved in three enzymes sulfite oxidase, which helps sulfite transform into sulfate.

Prevent tooth decay

Molybdenum is one of the trace minerals that is found in tooth enamel. Molybdenum-supplemented fluoride increase the healing of cavities increased the rate

Cancer prevention

Molybdenum is an essential soil component for preventing cancer-producing agents’ growth, known as nitrosamines, in plant foods—especially esophageal cancer.

Enzyme Catalyst

Molybdenum works as a co-factor for sulfite oxidase, which is essential for the metabolism of sulfur-containing amino acids, xanthine oxidase.

Remove toxins

Molybdenum is an important nutrient, and its primary function is removing toxins, especially from the metabolism of sulfur-containing amino acids.

Prevents autoimmune disease

Tetrathiomolybdate, a form of molybdenum with four sulfur atoms, effectively treats fibrotic, inflammatory, and autoimmune diseases.

RDA for molybdenum

Age Male (µg/day)    Female (µg/day)

  • Children         1-3 years         17        17
  • Children         4-8 years         22        22
  • Children         9-13 years     34        34
  • Adolescents   14-18 years   43        43
  • Adults           19 and older    45       45
  • Pregnancy                               50
  • Breast-feeding                        50

Food sources

Molybdenum is a trace mineral found in liquid and capsule form, but the food is the primary source. Food sources of molybdenum are black-eyed peas, legumes, soil, beef liver, lima beans, yogurt, low-fat, plain baked potato, including skin, wheat cereal.

Supplements

Molybdenum supplements include:

•          Sodium molybdate

•          Ammonium molybdate

•          Molybdenum aspartate

•          Molybdenum citrate

•          Molybdenum glycinate

•          Molybdenum picolinate

Cheery smoothie with yogurt and walnuts

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup yogurt of your choice
  • 1 cup pitted sweet dark cherries
  • 1/4 cup unsalted raw walnuts
  • 1 Tbsp pure maple syrup (optional)

Method

  • Add the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.

Nutrient profile

  • Calories          222
  • Fat                  13mg
  • Cholesterol 2mg
  • Sodium 43mg
  • Potassium 383mg
  • Carbs              24g
  • Fiber 2g
  • Sugar 19g
  • Protein 6g
  • Vitamin A 135IUA
  • Vitamin C 5.3mg
  • Calcium 145mg
  • Iron 0.7mg
  • Molybdenum  26mcg

References

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