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.

 

GENERAL

 

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 dont need it any more, and it is somewhat toxic, so we dont use it any more.

 

SOURCES OF MOLYBDENUM

 

           Meats/organs - pork, lamb, beef liver

           Nuts/seeds - sunflower seeds

           Vegetables - soybeans, lima beans, lentils, peas

           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

 

           Xanthine oxidase - purine metabolism

           Aldehyde oxidase - oxidation of aldehydes

           Sulfite oxidase - oxidation of sulfite

 

DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS

 

Few symptoms in humans, possible dental caries.  In animals, depressed growth and increased mortality.

 

TOXICITY SYMPTOMS

 

Acute - diarrhea.

Chronic - gout, copper deficiency symptoms such as hair loss, anemia, loss of hair color, osteoporosis, weight loss and growth retardation.

 

SYNERGISTS

 

Iron, sulfur in enzyme reactions, fluoride in teeth

 

ANTAGONISTS

 

Absorption – methionine, protein, sulfur, zinc, copper in the diet.

Metabolic - Molybdenum is a powerful copper antagonist.

 

HAIR ANALYSIS NOTES

 

           Hair molybdenum levels are not that useful in the author's experience.

           The ideal molybdenum level in the hair is probably about 0.001-0.003 mg% or 0.03 ppm. 

           High molybdenum is seen in some cases of occupational exposure or excessive supplementation.

 

AN AMIGO

 

            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.

 

 

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