MOLYBDENUM – AN OLDER FEMALE/BLENDING ELEMENT, AND SOMEWHAT TOXIC TODAY
by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© November 2011, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
Molybdenum is an older female element. This means that it has a generally feminizing effect on the body. Copper is a newer female element that is directly antagonistic to molybdenum.
Molybdenum is an alkaline-forming element used extensively in industry. It is found in many foods, and is somewhat toxic, so it is not used much at all, if ever, in newer nutritional balancing programs. Dr. Paul Eck used it to reduce high copper levels. However, we donÕt need it any more, and it is somewhat toxic, so we donÕt use it any more.
SOURCES OF MOLYBDENUM
á Meats/organs - pork, lamb, beef liver
á Nuts/seeds - sunflower seeds
á Vegetables - soybeans, lima beans, lentils, peas
á Grains - buckwheat, oats, barley, wheat germ, sorghum
FUNCTIONS OF MOLYBDENUM
Excretory - purine metabolism
Metabolic - fat, aldehyde, uric acid metabolism, copper, iron and sulfur homeostasis
Detoxification - of copper, sulfite, sulfate, aldehydes
Skeletal - gout and cancer preventive?, high molybdenum in dental enamel
Molecular - electron transfer agent reacts with flavins
METALLOENZYMES THAT REQUIRE MOLYBDENUM
á Xanthine oxidase - purine metabolism
á Aldehyde oxidase - oxidation of aldehydes
á Sulfite oxidase - oxidation of sulfite
Few symptoms in humans, possible dental caries. In animals, depressed growth and increased mortality.
Acute - diarrhea.
Chronic - gout, copper deficiency symptoms such as hair loss, anemia, loss of hair color, osteoporosis, weight loss and growth retardation.
Iron, sulfur in enzyme reactions, fluoride in teeth
Absorption – methionine, protein, sulfur, zinc, copper in the diet.
Metabolic - Molybdenum is a powerful copper antagonist.
HAIR ANALYSIS NOTES
á Hair molybdenum levels are not that useful in the author's experience.
á The ideal molybdenum level in the hair is probably about 0.001-0.003 mg% or 0.03 ppm.
á High molybdenum is seen in some cases of occupational exposure or excessive supplementation.
Molybdenum is often in an oxide form, also called an amigo form. In this form, it is an irritant and an oxidant. This means it can do oxidant damage to body tissues. It is the reason I do not supplement molybdenum for any reason.