of somewhat obscured micro-minerals,
is the essential part of four important enzyme processes: mobilization of
the liver, uric acid production, metabolizing sulfur-containing
sulfites and carbohydrates. This makes it important
controlling symptoms of sulfur/sulfites sensitivities, including sulfur/sulfite
Low molybdenum is often associated with various forms of
spinal degeneration and related symptoms. The incidence is higher in
individuals with high copper levels (from copper plumbing pipes, or
excessive supplementation), due to copper being antagonist to molybdenum, suppressing its
levels in the body. Molybdenum deficiency may also potentiate development of
some cancers, or result in
Why would you have low molybdenum levels? For one, because it is
nearly non-existent in the modern Western diet of processed foods.
Secondly, because its absorption and assimilation can be suppressed
by the excessive intake of some other commonly ingested minerals, such as copper (from
your plumbing pipes), or calcium from your self-styled
Excessive molybdenum levels, on the
other hand, may cause gout-like symptoms,
bone loss, and
development in children.
Reference Intakes, the most recent set of dietary recommendations
set by the government) for an average healthy adult is set at 0.05mg. This may
be insufficient, especially considering that
molybdenum antagonists include,
with already mentioned copper and calcium, also
phosphorus - all
minerals with disproportionably elevated levels in relatively significant portion of the population (due to fluoride
commonly added to drinking water, high
intake of foods of animal origin, as well as junk foods and sodas, all rich in phosphorus).
Also, molybdenum is found primarily in plant food sources
(particularly whole grains and legumes), generally insufficiently
present in the typical Western diet.