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Molybdenum

Molybdenum has several functions and health benefits. Molybdenum is essential as a component of several enzymes, including those involved with alcohol detoxification, uric acid formation and detoxification of sulphites. A deficiency in molybdenum has been linked to tooth decay and cavities. Where intake has been found in low levels, the cavity rate has been higher; and conversely, where it is higher, the cavity rate is lower. Good dietary sources of molybdenum include legumes and whole grains. The dietary concentration of molybdenum may vary according to status of soil that the grains and vegetables are grown in. The most important use of the molybdenum in living organisms is as a metal heteroatom at the active site in certain enzymes. In nitrogen fixation in certain bacteria, the nitrogenase enzyme, which is involved in the terminal step of reducing molecular nitrogen, usually contains molybdenum in the active site (though replacement of Mo with iron or vanadium is also known). The human body contains about 0.07 mg of molybdenum per kilogram of weight. It occurs in higher concentrations in the liver and kidneys and in lower concentrations in the vertebrae. Molybdenum is also present within human tooth enamel and may help preventing its decay. Dietary molybdenum deficiency from low soil concentration of molybdenum has been associated with increased rates of esophageal cancer. Pork, lamb and beef liver each have approximately 1.5 parts per million of molybdenum. Other significant dietary sources include green beans, eggs, sunflower seeds, wheat flour, lentils and cereal grain. The average daily intake of molybdenum varies between 0.12 and 0.24 mg, but it depends on the molybdenum content of the food. Chelated Molybdenum Tablets is one of Solgar's premium-quality minerals. Solgar molybdenum supplements uses chelated molybdenum which is known for its superior absorption.

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