Molybdenum: properties, benefits, curiosities

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Il molybdenum it is an important chemical element for the correct carbohydrate metabolism. Useful for moving iron, it also favorsassimilation of fats. Let's find out better.  

> What is molybdenum

> Properties and benefits

> Daily requirement of molybdenum

> Effect on the psyche and spirit

> Excess of molybdenum

> Molybdenum deficiency

> How to use

> Curiosity and history


What is molybdenum

Molybdenum is the chemical element with atomic number 42 and its symbol is Mo.

It is a silver-plated white metal, similar to lead, very hard and with a high melting point. Recognized as a fundamental substance for living organisms, it is part of the biological composition of some enzymes.

In addition to humans, molybdenum is also important for plants and animals.


Properties and benefits

In the human body it is found mostly in the cells of the liver and kidneys. Come into play in the metabolic process, favoring the assimilation and proper consumption of fats and carbohydrates, but also in protein synthesis and in the correct distribution of iron to the various organs and systems; molybdenum passes through the intestine and is excreted in the urine.


Molybdenum daily requirement

The daily requirement of molybdenum for adults, it ranges from 50 to 500 micrograms per day.


Effect on the psyche and the spirit

It is an essential mineral for the correct physiological functioning in its entirety, in fact molybdenum is effective in maintaining a state of general well-being of the organism, neurological and psychological.


The excess of Molybdenum

Molybdenum dust is considered slightly toxic when ingested or breathed in, as are compounds in the mineral. Excessive use leads to phenomena such as gout, a negative effect that can be reduced thanks to the administration of copper.

However, a balanced diet does not lead to the risk of overdosing.


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Molybdenum deficiency

The deficiency of this mineral is quite rare, in general, especially those suffering from metabolic disorders or Crohn's disease can experience it.

Its insufficiency can cause brain damage, cognitive and mental retardation, neurological disorders, impotence, dental caries, joint pain, premature aging, anemia, decreased growth.


How to use

The foods richest in molybdenum are: milk and derivatives, brewer's yeast, cocoa, wheat germ, vegetables (especially dark green leafy vegetables), eggs, legumes and certain cereals, especially wholemeal ones (barley, rice, corn, oats, soy flour, wheat flour).

Depending on the origin of the food, from the soil in which it was grown, the amount of molybdenum they contain varies significantly.


Curiosities and historical notes

The word molybdenum comes from the Greek language molybdos and means "similar to lead"; PJ Hjelm was the first to isolate it in the late 1700s.

It is not found pure in nature, but inside other minerals and is marketed in the form of molybdenite, which comes mainly from US quarries.

Molybdenum is a good lubricant, it is also used as such in waxes, but it is also used as an alloy of iron, in resistance furnaces, in electrical systems and in lamp filaments. Molybdenum was also found and collected on the moon during a mission.


The properties of azuki beans, a rich source of molybdenum


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