Molybdenum, one of the hardest minerals to pronounce! I often call it ‘Moly’ pronounced ‘Molly’ as some of you may know! 

  • Without adequate molybdenum the liver won’t release iron stores effectively.
  • It’s one of the minerals I often use with my copper toxic clients.
  • Molybdenum is key for those with candida issues. 
  • Sugar can deplete molybdenum.
  • Molybdenum is involved in helping to remove toxins from chemicals (e.g. aldehydes, nitrates, petrochemicals) and bacteria in the gut.  Issues such as food intolerance, dysbiosis or gut issues, can cause stress on the liver and cause a loss of molybdenum.
  • A deficiency can result in chemical sensitivity symptoms (sore throats, sneezing etc to chemicals such as perfume). 
  • If you are deficient in molybdenum, during that process, you can start building ammonia in the body, because you can’t metabolise sulfur. It’s key for my clients with ammonia, sulfur or CBS genetic issues.
  • Molybdenum helps to raise sodium.
  • Molybdenum is involved in breaking down oestrogen.
  • A deficiency is linked to tooth decay and impaired growth.
  • It’s an important antioxidant as well as an enemy to carcinogens and cancer. 

Molybdenum can cause detoxification reactions in the short term and needs to be carefully dosed initially, once you get over the worst, this is an amazing mineral. It has helped some of my clients with symptoms such as irritability, rigidity, brain fog,  headaches, self-harm, OCD etc. Primarily I think because it helps to regulate sulfur and helps with candida! I’ve also seen it reduce tics for some.

The type of molybdenum is important too, I don’t recommend molybdenum chelate or amino acid complexes. 

This mineral, especially long term supplementation needs to be taken carefully. It takes other nutrients to make molybdenum (co-factors), such as iodine and selenium, p5p and manganese so do work with your practioner. Too much moly can deplete copper. It’s complicated I know, but that’s where your practioner comes in (and regular hair mineral tests).