Molybdenum

This mineral is fairly mysterious and not much is understood about molybdenum in the scientific community but it is known be found in various plants as well as animal liver.

Molybdenum benefits

The main purposes of molybdenum are believed to be the role it plays in the nervous system, waste processing in the kidneys, and cellular metabolism.

The benefits of molybdenum are still being determined. Molybdenum is used to treat rare genetic diseases like Wilson's disease (where the body cannot process copper). It may also play a role in cancer prevention but further research is required.

Molybdenum is often proclaimed as an antioxidant that fights free radicals that destroy cells and DNA. Certain individuals also claim that is can prevent anemia, gout, cavities, and impotence but there are no scientific studies to back these claims up.

Sources of molybdenum

Commonly found in legumes like beans, peas, and lentils; molybdenum is additionally found in grains, leafy vegetables, liver, and nuts. The amount of molybdenum will vary from plant to plant based on the amount of molybdenum found in the soil.

Recommended amounts

According to the FDA, the recommended daily value of molybdenum is 75mcg/day (which is also the amount found commonly in supplements). There are no other references to declare the amount of molybdenum in a specific age group1.

Molybdenum side effects

It is incredibly rare for an individual to suffer from a molybdenum deficiency. Several tests has been conducted to determine the effect molybdenum has on a variety of health issues, there is a strong belief in the health community that molybdenum plays a role in cancer prevention.

Sources:
1Food Labeling Guide - http://www.fda.gov

Molybdenum - http://www.cancer.org

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