Molybdenum

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.
-You can get 6.10 micrograms of Molybdenum per 1 cup of carrots.


  • 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:
  1. Sulfite Oxidase: Catalyzes the transformation of sulfite to sulfate.
  2. Xanthine Oxidase: Catalyzes the breakdown of nucleotides to form uric acid.
  3. Aldehyde Oxidase: Plays a role in the metabolism of drugs and toxins.
  4. 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:

  1. Arthritis, especially in the small bones of the feet,
  2. Deposition of the chalk-stones,
  3. And episodes of acute pain.


  • Molybdenum deficiencies are VERY rare in humans.
  1. Increased risk of Esophageal Cancer
  2. 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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Works Cited


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"Molybdenum (revised)." Chemical Elements: From Carbon to Krypton. Ed. Lawrence W. Baker and David E. Newton. Vol. 2. Detroit: UXL, 2006. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 9 Oct. 2015.


"Molybdenum: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions and Warnings - WebMD." WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 12 Oct. 2015.


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Alex M.