Molybdenum - Benefits, Deficiency Symptoms And Food SourcesWhat is Molybdenum?
Molybdenum is an essential constituent of two enzymes found in humans: xanthine oxidase, which is involved in uric acid formation, and aldehyde oxidase, which catalyzes the chemical oxidation of aldehydes. Molybdenum is a essential trace mineral. It is very good for regulating pH balance in the body. For each pH point increase, the oxygen level is increased ten times, thus increasing the metabolism and enhancing the body's ability to burn fat. Molybdenum is necessary to the body's ability to carry out the metabolization of fats, carbohydrates, copper and nitrogen. It also makes up part of the enzymes responsible for metabolizing purines.
Uses and Benefits of Molybdenum
Deficiency Symptoms of Molybdenum
Deficiency of molybdenum may lead to several conditions. Some of them are:
Recommended Dosage of Molybdenum
The Recommended dietary allowance for adults is from 0.15 to 0.5 mg. The Recommended dietary allowance for children is not yet established, but is a relatively small amount.
Rich Food Sources of Molybdenum
The amount of molybdenum in plant foods vary significantly and are dependent upon the mineral content of the soil. The rich food sources of molybdenum are barley, beef, kidney beef, liver buckwheat, hot cocoa, eggs, legumes, milk, yams, oat flakes, potatoes, rye bread, spinach, sunflower seeds, wheat germ, and green leafy vegetables. Molybdenum is also found in several tissues of the human body and is involved in several enzyme systems.
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