Molybdenum is the beginning to receive more attention these days because of its role in the detoxification of several substances, especially alcohol and sulfites.

Molybdenum Function

Molybdenum is instrumental in regulating pH balance in the body. For each pH point increase (e.g., 6.1-6.2), the oxygen level is increased ten times, thus increasing nitrogen metabolism and enhancing the body’s ability to burn fat.

Molybdenum is essential to the function of several enzymes that are involved in the breakdown of alcohol and sulfites and in the formation of uric acid. Uric acid is a by-product of protein metabolism. Although uric acid has a bad reputation for causing gout, a form of arthritis, uric acid in normal amounts may be a powerful antioxidant.

Molybdenum activates an enzyme that prevents the formation carcinogenic nitrosamines. A deficiency of molybdenum in the soil in the Hunan Province in China, coupled with a low dietary intake of vitamin C, has been thought to be the cause of a high rate of esophageal cancer in those parts. Molybdenum supplementation is currently being undertaken n Hunan Province in an attempt to correct this situation.


Molybdenum Dosage

There is no established recommended daily allowance or optimal daily intake for molybdenum, but it is estimated that humans need 150 to 500 micrograms per day.

Molybdenum deficiency signs and symptoms

Dietary molybdenum deficiency is rare in healthy people. However, if the body does not get enough molybdenum, certain enzymes needed by the body are affected.

Some possible symptoms are:




*Athlete’s foot 

*Bladder infection


*Canker sores

*Gum Disease



Therapeutic Uses


If allergy sufferers have a molybdenum deficiency, supplementation may be beneficial.


Molybdenum may occasionally be prescribed for people who suffer from asthma who have difficulty in accommodating sulfites, which are used as preservatives in food manufacturing.

Detoxifies Sulfites

Molybdenum appears to help the body break down sulfites. Extra intakes may be useful for people on refined, processed diets that contain large intakes of sulfite-containing preservatives.

Interactions and factors affecting absorption

High doses of molybdenum may decrease copper levels in the body. It also competes with tungsten for absorption.

Toxicity and Contraindications

Because molybdenum can increase the uric acid levels in the blood, it is not recommended for people who have problems with gout.

Food Sources

The best sources of molybdenum are lamb, barley, green beans, lentils, squash, strawberries, and carrots. It is also found in the grains and in legumes.


Bergner P. 1997."The healing power of minerals,special nutrients, and trace elements" p.156-158

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