Molybdenum plays a fundamental role in the human body is as a constituent of molybdoenzymes; some important molybdoenzymes are xanthine oxidase, sulphite oxidase and aldehyde oxidase. These are involved in the metabolism of sulphur amino acids and purine. Sulphite oxidase converts sulphite to sulphate, and aids the metabolising of the sulphur amino acids methionine and cysteine; a process that is crucial to human health. This also helps the body reduce the harmful effects of sulphites generally.
Why Use An Ionic Molybdenum Supplement?
Molybdenum is also an essential component of flavin- and iron-containing enzymes.
Most diets will contain a plentiful supply of molybdenum, as it is common in nuts, vegetables and cereals, and is found in drinking water to varying levels.
It may be preferable to divide this ionic molybdenum into two or three doses through the day. This is because molybdenum is not accumulated by the body (apart from some accretion in the teeth) and so can benefit more from smaller individual intakes.
There is believed to be an antagonistic relationship between molybdenum and copper and sulphate. With high intakes of molybdenum, care should be taken over copper and sulphate levels. Please consult your practitioner for further information.
Excessive intake of molybdenum, in excess of 1mg per day, has been reported to cause joint pains, along with increased uric acid levels. Long term consumption of higher levels of molybdenum may also have a deactivating effect on glutaminases in the brain and liver, and could reduce the effectiveness of carotenes and vitamin A.
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