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Reduction of sulfite sensitivity. A diet low in molybdenum may increase sensitivity to sulfites. Sulfites are produced by industrial emissions and car exhausts and may also be added to certain foods as preservatives (salad and vegetables, dried fruit, wine). Sulfite sensitivity can produce a range of symptoms including wheezing and shortness of breath, dermatitis, itching and hives, swelling around the eyes, hands, and feet, as well as dizziness, nausea, and vomiting.

Protection from adverse effects of environmental chemicals and drugs. Molybdenum is a cofactor in enzymes that provide antioxi-dant protection and help the liver detoxify foreign compounds. Thus, increasing molybdenum intake may help protect against damage during exposure to environmental chemicals and drugs.1,2

Cancer. Molybdenum may help reduce risk of cancer, particularly cancer of the esophagus.9


Molybdenum, at doses lower than 1 mg/day, appears to be nontoxic in healthy adults. At very high doses (10 to 20 times higher than found in normal diets), molybdenum may increase production of uric acid and precipitate gout.

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