Molybdenum is an essential trace mineral that is found in several tissues of the body. Molybdenum is necessary for certain enzyme activities to occur; without it, some enzymes would be unable to function properly. For example, molybdenum is required for catabolism of such substance as sulfur amino acids and purines. Molybdenum is also necessary for the presence of Moco, a molybdenum cofactor that is involved in four different enzymes (xanthine dehydrogenase, xanthine oxidase, sulfite oxidase, and aldehye oxidase) necessary for proper body functioning.
Molybdenum should not be used with acetaminophens as it may hinder the metabolism of the drug. Molybdenum also disrupts the absorption of copper.
Molybdenum is well tolerated by most people when taken in the recommended dosage. High doses may cause gout.
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