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Molybdenum is an essential trace mineral (which means it is needed by the body in tiny amounts). Molybdenum assists a small number of enzymes - proteins that help chemical reactions to take place in the body. The most important of these enzymes for health is sulfite oxidase, which is involved in the metabolism of sulfur-containing amino acids (the building blocks of protein) making it important for normal cell function and growth.

A metallic element, molybdenum is found in abundance in legumes such as beans, lentils, and peas, as well as grains. Animal-based foods as well as fruits and vegetables tend to be low in molybdenum. Molybdenum also aids the metabolism of fats and carbohydrates.

Quick Summary

Molybdenum helps make and activate enzymes involved in repairing and making genetic material.

Why is Molybdenum important?

Molybdenum triggers important chemical changes in the body vital for maintaining healthy cells and for normal growth. A deficiency in molybdenum can cause stunted growth and impaired reproduction.

Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA)

50 µg

Where can you find Molybdenum?

  • Legumes
  • Grains and cereals

Molybdenum functions

  • Contributes to normal sulphur amino acid metabolism
  • May be involved in the development of the nervous system
  • Contributes to energy production in cells