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How does my body get deficient of molybdenum?

Michael T. Murray, ND
Naturopathic Medicine

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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