vitamins deficiency symptoms

Why we need molybdenum?

Very small amount of molybdenum is contained in all of our tissues. It’s required to make several enzymes, particularly one called xanthine oxidase that need to grow and develop normally and to use iron in our body properly.
Molybdenum required for the production of enzymes that is cofactors in amino acid metabolism, formation of uric acid, and the metabolism of drugs and toxins.

molybdenum1Almost whole amount of molybdenum the average adult gets between from food. So molybdenum deficiency is almost impossible.

There are rare cases of molybdenum deficiency from faulty intravenous feeding or from genetic defects. Signs of molybdenum deficiency may include low levels of uric acid in blood and urine and an increase of sulfite in the urine.

The amount of molybdenum in our food depends on where it was grown. The soil in some parts of the country is much higher in molybdenum than others.

In general, good food sources include whole grains, lean meat, organ meats, beans, dark-green leafy vegetables, and milk. Most people get plenty from their food and don’t need extra, although molybdenum is often found in daily multi supplements.

• Deficiency is extremely rare and may occur in those with a rare genetic condition; deficiency causes seizures, developmental delays in neonates, tachycardia, brain damage, and coma.
• Drugs that deplete: high intakes of copper or sulphate.
• Supplements beyond the amount provided by diet and/or a multivitamin and mineral complex are not necessary.

Food Sources

The amount of molybdenum in our food depends on where it was grown. The soil in some parts of the country is much higher in molybdenum than others.

The richest dietary sources for molybdenum are beans, lentils, and peas. Whole grains and nuts are good sources. Hard drinking water also contains molybdenum. Animal products, vegetables, and fruits are low in molybdenum. The molybdenum content of food can vary considerably

Molybdenum side effects and toxicity

Toxicity is rare and may cause goutlike symptoms and neurological problems; those with copper deficiency are at increased risk of molybdenum toxicity.

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