Grandma's Molybdenum Essential Mineral Guide

This essential mineral, molybdenum, is required in extremely small amounts for nitrogen metabolism. It aids in the final stages of the conversion of purines to uric acid.

This trace mineral promotes normal cell function, and is a component of the metabolic enzyme xanthine oxidase.

Molybdenum is found in the liver, bones and kidneys. A low intake is associated with mouth and gum disorders and cancer.

A molybdenum deficiency may cause impotence in older males. Those whose diets are high in refined and processed foods are at risk for deficiency.

photo of a spoonful of peas a natural food source of molybdenum photo of a spinach salad a natural food source of molybdenum photo of dried beans a natural food source of molybdenum

Natural Food Sources Containing

This trace mineral is found in:

  • beans
  • cereal grains
  • legumes
  • peas
  • dark green leafy vegetables


Heat and moisture can change the action of supplemental molybdenum. A high intake of sulfur may decrease this trace minerals level. Excess amounts of molybdenum may interfere with copper metabolism.


Do not take over 15 milligrams of molybdenum daily. Higher doses may lead to the development of gout.


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