Molybdenum as Mineral – Rich Food Sources, Functions, Deficiency & Daily Requirements for Children, Men & Women

Presentation Notes on Molybdenum (Mo) Vegetarian & Non Vegetarian Food Sources, Recommended Dietary Allowance, Copper deficiency disorders, Role in Human Body with Treatment & Toxicity in word / .doc / ppt format

Molybdenum :

Though a deficiency of molybdenum has not been observed in man, it is an essential constituent of many enzymes.


  • Milk
  • Beans
  • Breads
  • Cereals
  • Liver
  • kidney

Daily requirement:

  • Adults: 0.15-0.5 mg.


  • Readily absorbed. Excreted in urine and bile.


  • Involved in uric acid metabolism.
  • Involved in enzymatic action.
  • Occurs in several metalloflavoproteins containing nonhaeme iron, e.g., aldhehyde dehydrogenase, xanthine oxidase.
  • Molybdenum-containing enzymes participate in electron transfer.
  • Traces of molybdenum help in utilization of copper while larger amount diminish the same.


  • Increased molybdenum may produce microcytic anaemia, and low levels of tissue copper.

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