Molybdenum

Molybdenum

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    Molybdenum is a mineral that everybody needs for growth and health, but necessary amounts of it usually are included in a person's normal diet. Molybdenum supplements should only be taken by those who are unable to get sufficient amounts in their daily dietary intake. People who have unusual diets, are involved in a rapid weight loss regimen or who are malnourished, may require supplemental molybdenum. 

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    Currently, data on molybdenum content from foods is scarce. Cases of deficiency or toxicity have not been reported, but excessive intake, in rare cases, can increase uric acid levels and potentially trigger gout. Also, because molybdenum  interferes with the absorption of copper, long-term supplementation could, in theory, result in a copper deficiency. The following foods are top sources of molybdenum:

    • Legumes
    • Whole grains
    • Nuts
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    Molybdenum can worsen a copper deficiency condition, so if you have copper deficiency you should consult your doctor before taking any molybdenum supplements. Levels of molybdenum in the blood, in some cases, have been known to increase when you are suffering from kidney or liver disease. An increase in molybdenum levels in the blood can increase the risk of unwanted effects.

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    A normal healthy diet generally contains sufficient molybdenum to meet a person's daily needs. Usually, there is no need to seek additional quantities of the mineral. Molybdenum is a key part of the enzymes that help to maintain the flow of iron from the liver to the rest of your body's organs. It also is a part of some enzymes that help to break down fats and carbohydrates.
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    Supplements are not advised for the prevention of molybdenum deficiency. Instead, seek an improved diet. If supplements are recommended, you should know that they may increase the effects of a pre-existing copper deficiency. You should tell your doctor if you are copper deficient before taking molybdenum supplements.

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    There are no specific drug interactions with molybdenum, but it is always wise to speak with your doctor about any medications or supplements you may be taking before you begin a new medication or supplement. You also should talk to your doctor about possible interactions molybdenum may have when taken with food, alcohol or tobacco.

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    Molybdenum works to transfer iron from the liver to other organs in the body, preventing anemia and promoting growth and health. Molybdenum also helps in the metabolism of fats and carbohydrates.

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    Molybdenum supplements should not be taken to prevent molybdenum deficiency.  Instead of taking supplements, you should ask your doctor how you can improve your diet. Molybdenum deficiency is rare, so more often than not you are able to obtain the recommended daily amount of molybdenum in your normal diet.

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    Molybdenum, in large enough amounts, can cause your body to lose copper. Therefore, if you have a copper deficiency, molybdenum supplements could make this condition worse. Tell your doctor if you are copper deficient before taking molybdenum, because he or she may want to recommend that you also take copper supplements for balance.

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    A molybdenum deficiency has been suggested as a cause of sulfite sensitivity since the enzyme that detoxifies sulfites, sulfite oxidase, is molybdenum-dependent. However, molybdenum deficiency is rare, likely due only to a genetic sulfite oxidase defect or during long-term total parenteral nutrition therapy, where nutrients are administered intravenously only. The average diet contains 50 to 500 mcg of molybdenum per day. Legumes and whole grains are the richest sources of molybdenum.

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