It is considered a trace element because of the relatively minute quantity that is essential in the diet. No clinical deficiency has been recognized due to it's more than adequate presence in the average diet. Molybdenum is thought to be an antioxidant and helps your body to break down harmful substances, which are used to preserve food. It is an essential component of enzyme systems.
Deficiency Symptoms of Molybdenum
- Tooth Decay
- Poor General Health
FUNCTIONS and BENEFITS of Molybdenum
- Reduces the symptoms of allergy.
- By enabling your body to use iron, molybdenum can help prevent anaemia.
- Useful in cases of impotence in older men.
- Improves all-round health, keeping your body and mind in good shape.
FOOD SOURCES of Molybdenum
Whole grains, lentils and dark green, leafy vegetables are the best sources of molybdenum. Green beans, wheatgerm, spinach, sunflower seeds are some other sources.
RECOMMENDED ALLOWANCE of Molybdenum
There is no RDA established. Multivitamin tablets may contain 25mcg which is sufficient for an average person to avoid deficiency.
Precautions: Do not take extra doses of molybdenum except on the advice of your doctor as it makes your body get rid of copper and may cause gout.