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Functions of Molybdenum
- Protects against tooth decay.
- Essential for proper metabolism of fats, carbohydrate & iron.
- May help to protect against certain cancers.
Deficiency of Molybdenum
Molybdenum deficiency is extremely rare and has only been identified in the presence of other serious disorders. Signs of deficiency include iIrritability and irregular heartbeat.
Recommended dietary allowance for Molybdenum
See Recommended dietary allowances for minerals.
Food sources of Molybdenum
Rich sources of molybdenum include legumes, cereal products, and leafy vegetables. The amount in foods depends on the soil molybdenum content. Molybdenum is very well absorbed, but its bioavailability may be affected by some food components.
Toxicity of Molybdenum
Molybdenum toxicity is more likely than deficiency. A high incidence of gout has been reported in humans with intakes of 10-15 mg/day.