Atomic Number: 42
- The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of Molybdenum ranges between infants and adults.
- Carrots are a nice food source of Molybdenum and are generally found in one's home.
- The main known function of Molybdenum in the human body is to act as a catalyst for enzymes and help the breakdown of certain amino acids.
- Molybdenum is known as a cofactor in the following four enzymes:
- Sulfite Oxidase: Catalyzes the transformation of sulfite to sulfate.
- Xanthine Oxidase: Catalyzes the breakdown of nucleotides to form uric acid.
- Aldehyde Oxidase: Plays a role in the metabolism of drugs and toxins.
- Mitochondrial Amidoxime Reducing Component (mARC): Function under investigation.
- Too Much Molybdenum could result in Gout.
-Gout is disease that makes your metabolism of uric acid defective, symptoms include:
- Arthritis, especially in the small bones of the feet,
- Deposition of the chalk-stones,
- And episodes of acute pain.
- Molybdenum deficiencies are VERY rare in humans.
- Increased risk of Esophageal Cancer
- Inborn errors of Sulfite Oxidase that results in neurologic damage.
- Since a deficiency in Molybdenum is extremely rare and the average person gets a daily intake of 2-3 times the RDA, there are no supplements that are needed for Molybdenum.
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