Molybdenum is present in very small amounts in the body. Stored in the spleen, liver, kidneys, skin and muscle.

Molybdemun is included in the development of the nervous system, waste processing in the kidneys and energy production in the cells.

Molybdenum is a trace mineral and is found in the following foods in varying degrees depending on the soil content in the growing area.  : milk, cheese, cereal grains, legumes, nuts, leafy vegetables, and organ meats.



An anti-oxidant molybdenum protects the body from the toxic effects of chemicals

For the transport and storage of iron in the tissues

Aids in the breakdown and metabolism of sulphur containing amino acids – homocysteine, cysteine, methionine, and taurine

The safe conversion of the toxin sulphite into its safe form sulphate

Aids in the breakdown of proteins

Molybdenum has an important role in body functions

Necessary for the activity of xanthine oxidase, sulfite oxidase, and aldehyde oxidase.

Medicinal and therapeutic Uses

Treatment of anaemia

For dental health

Anti- cancer activity

Anti- tumour activity

Energy creation with in the cells

Treatment of Wilson’s disease

Ease the bad side effects of cancer drugs


How does it work?

Molybdenum works in the body to break down proteins and other substances. Molybdenum deficiency is very uncommon.

Molybdenum has an important role in normal body functions, but there is not enough information to know how it might work for any medical condition.


Deficiency Effects

Tachycardia, tachypnea, headache, nausea, vomiting, and coma


Molybdenum is LIKELY SAFE when taken orally not exceeding 2 mg per day, for adult dose.

However, molybdenum is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken in high doses exceeding 2 mg daily or an adult.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: A reduced dosage of  1.7 mg per day is recommended.

Children: For children, the recommended daily allowance is 0.3 mg per day for children 1 to 3 years, 0.6 mg per day for children 4 to 8 years, 1.1 mg per day for children 9 to 13 years, and 1.7 mg per day for adolescents.


Excessive doses of  molybdenum in the diet such as 10 to 15 mg/day, and/or industrial exposure to molybdenum, may cause gout.

The use of Molybdenum supplements may make gout worse.


Good Food Sources

Legumes, beans. Peas, grains, nuts, lentils and animal products, fruit and vegetables to a lessor degree

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