Information about Molybdenum
Molybdenum is a transition element and is present in several human enzymes, such as xanthine and sulfite oxidases, and in enzyme cofactors in oxidative reduction reactions. Molybdenum is found in many foods and deficiencies are rare.
Deficiency of Molybdenum
Molybdenum deficiency has been described in animals and rare cases have been reported in patients on total parenteral nutrition, clinical signs being mental disturbances and coma accompanied by hypouricemia and hypermethioninemia.
Toxicity of Molybdenum
Molybdenum is relatively nontoxic, although high levels may be a cause of high uric acid levels and an increased incidence of gout.
Liver safety of Molybdenum
Liver toxicity from molybdenum has not been described.
Trace Elements in Tissues and Biologic Systems