Molybdenum is a mineral that is included in different enzymes. Enzymes are proteins that trigger or accelerate certain processes in the body. These enzymes are, among other things, involved in iron and fat metabolism in the body.
Molybdenum is found in legumes, milk, nuts, eggs, meat and cereals, such as bread.
- Important for the development and breakdown of certain amino acids (with sulfur).
- Essential part of enzymes. Molybdenum is only found in enzymes which are needed for metabolism.
- Plays a role in normal growth and development.
- Can prevent anemia, tooth decay and impotence.
- Works together with vitamin B2 to include iron in hemoglobin (a protein found in blood and gives it a red color) and it supports the production of red blood cells. Molybdenum also helps in the uptake of oxygen into red blood cells.
Negative effects of a shortage of molybdenum in humans have so far not been found.
It’s very unlikely that a person receives too much molybdenum via food. If this happens, it can lead to additional loss of copper in the urine.
- The amount of molybdenum in vegetable products depends on the molybdenum content of the soil.
- Molybdenum was discovered in 1778 by the Swedish chemist Carl Wilhelm Scheele.
- The term ‘molybdenum’ is derived from the Greek word molybdos (looking like lead).
- In the periodic table of elements, molybdenum has the symbol Mo and atomic number 41. The color is gray.