Molybdenum
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings
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What is Molybdenum?

Molybdenum is an essential trace mineral. Deficiency of molybdenum is rare, but may occur in certain parts of the world. Current marketing of molybdenum products for the treatment of medical conditions is not founded on any meaningful scientific evidence.

Websites that advocate molybdenum products make numerous health claims that lack scientific foundation. Some of these unsupported claims include the following:

  • Regulates the body’s pH
  • Enhances the body’s ability to burn fat
  • Eliminates toxins
  • Promotes general well-being
  • Prevents tooth decay
  • Aids sleep
  • Reduces allergic reaction to chemicals such as MSG or sulfites
  • Increases male and female libido

None of these claims have any scientific support, and some (such as “regulating the body’s pH) make no sense from a scientific point of view.

Additionally, it is often stated by some manufacturers of molybdenum products that a variety of disease are commonly caused or worsened by molybdenum deficiency. These include acne , allergies , asthma , athlete's foot...

Safety Issues

When taken at recommended dosages, molybdenum should be safe. Excessive intake of molybdenum could in theory lead to copper deficiency. 1 People with serious kidney disease should also avoid taking molybdenum (or any other supplement) except on the advice of a physician. People with serious kidney disease should also avoid taking molybdenum (or any other supplement) except on the advice of a physician. One isolated report hints that excessive molybdenum intake can cause symptoms of psychosis. 2

 
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