Definition of Molybdenum:

An essential trace element.  It helps regulate iron stores in the body and is a key component of at least three enzymes: xanthine oxidase, aldehyde oxidase and sulfite oxidase.  These enzymes are involved with carbohydrate metabolism, fat oxidation and urine metabolism.  The average adult has about 9mg of molybdenum concentrated mostly in the liver, kidney, adrenal glands, bones and skin.  Molybdenum deficiencies are associated with esophageal cancer, sexual impotency and tooth decay.

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...recommendation Molybdenum
Molybdenum may be useful in the treatment of certain cardiovascular conditions, asthma, allergies and mercury toxicity...”

Copper Toxicity

...relationship to Molybdenum Need
“The exact mechanism by which molybdenum prevents copper toxicity is poorly understood...”
...recommendation Molybdenum
“Since high levels of copper in the body or diet may result in molybdenum insufficiency and cause low uric acid levels, reducing copper toxicity can result in normalizing uric acid and molybdenum levels...”
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Gout / Hyperuricemia

...recommendation against Molybdenum
Molybdenum is known to raise uric acid levels which is why people with gout (a condition of elevated uric acid levels) are told to avoid molybdenum supplements...”

Heavy Metal Toxicity

...the condition
“...Some heavy metals – such as cobalt, copper, iron, manganese, molybdenum, vanadium, strontium, and zinc – are essential to health in trace amounts...”

Iron Deficiency Anemia

...recommendation Molybdenum
Molybdenum may help prevent anemia by helping mobilize iron, provided there are sufficient iron stores.”

Low Back Pain

...recommendation Molybdenum
“Margaret Moss, MA, found that taking oral molybdenum over a 28-day period produces a "statistically significant improvement" in patients with arthritis and other aches and pains as well as in their general health...”

Mercury Toxicity (Amalgam Illness)

...recommendation Molybdenum
Molybdenum may be useful in the treatment of certain cardiovascular conditions, asthma, allergies and mercury toxicity.”

Molybdenum a treatment
Molybdenum is an essential trace mineral and may be useful in the treatment of certain cardiovascular conditions, asthma, allergies and mercury toxicity...”

Molybdenum Need

...the condition
Molybdenum is an essential trace mineral...”
...recommendation Test Copper Levels
“Copper and molybdenum are antagonistic...”
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Multiple Mineral Supplementation a treatment
“...Trace minerals include boron, chromium, copper, germanium, iodine, iron, manganese, molybdenum selenium, silicon, sulfur, vanadium and zinc...”

Multiple Sclerosis

...recommendation Test Serum Uric Acid Levels
“...Uric acid levels should be monitored and, if low, raised by supplemental molybdenum and reducing any copper toxicity.”

Sulfite Sensitivity

...the condition
“...It appears that sulfite sensitivity may be caused by a relative deficiency of the enzyme sulfite oxidase which breaks down sulfites and requires molybdenum as a cofactor...”
...recommendation Molybdenum
Molybdenum deficiency may be responsible for sulfite sensitivity since it is a cofactor for sulfite oxidase...”
...recommendation Test Copper Levels
“Serum copper should be checked because high levels can drive molybdenum levels down.”


...related topic
“...The ultratrace elements currently recognized by the US Department of Agriculture include boron, chromium, germanium, lithium, molybdenum, selenium, silicon, tin, and vanadium.”

Uric Acid Levels Low

...the condition
“...Low uric acid levels may be associated with a molybdenum deficiency, copper toxicity, and a worsening of multiple sclerosis...”
...relationship to Molybdenum Need
“Xanthine oxidase, the enzyme that immediately produces uric acid, uses molybdenum as a cofactor...”
...recommendation Molybdenum
“Uric acid levels can be raised with supplemental molybdenum.  While taking molybdenum orally may raise uric acid levels, IV administration may be required in some cases...”
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