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Molybdenum acts a cell protector. It helps the body to produce energy and get rid of waste products harmful to the body.
Catalyst for Enzymes
Molybdenum forms the catalytic centre of four of your body’s important enzymes:
- Sulfite oxidase: Essential for the metabolism of sulfur-containing amino acids.
- Xanthine oxidase: Adds to the antioxidant capacity of the blood.
- Aldehyde oxidase: Together with xanthine oxidase helps in the metabolism of drugs and toxins.
- Mitochondrial amidoxime: Speeds up the removal of certain toxic substances.
Molybdenum Fights Inflammatory and Autoimmune Diseases
Tetrathiomolybdate, a form of molybdenum, is known to decrease copper levels in the body, making it effective for the treatment of fibrotic, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. Tetrathiomolybdate inhibits pulmonary and liver fibrosis at great rates; it can help prevent liver damage secondary to acetaminophen intake and reduces heart damage secondary to doxorubicin intake. Tetrathiomolybdate also has a partial protective effect against high blood sugar levels, diabetes.
May Protect Against Cancer
Molybdenum is a necessary component of soil to prevent the growth of carcinogenic agents known as nitrosamines in plant foods. Deficiencies in trace elements, such as molybdenum, in the soil may play a possible role in the high incidence of cancer. It is thought that when there is deficiency of this element, nitrosamines are produced because the enzyme nitrate reductase cannot act properly without molybdenum as a co-factor.