Molybdenum, an essential mineral for biological functions

Many, if not most, people have never heard of the essential mineral molybdenum, let alone considered its key role in a lot of our body’s functions.

So although we have written about molybdenum before, its importance in those biological functions is worth mentioning again.

Molybdenum helps protect existing cells and creates new healthy cells. It aids the cellular processes such as digesting food, making our heart beat, creating energy, and supporting our muscles.

It also helps our vital organs get rid of waste and activates enzymes that perform antioxidant functions in the blood.

The essential mineral molybdenum also is a necessary element in the synthesizing of amino acids. Deficiency may increase the risk of esophageal cancer and lower life expectancy.

Thus, the little known mineral molybdenum is essential for our health.

Unfortunately, molybdenum—and many other important vitamins and minerals—are not present in our crops because of modern corporate farming methods.

These findings were published first in 2009 in the journal Environmental Geochemistry and Health, and again in the Global Journal of Health Science (2012).

Very recently, the New York Times featured a hit article on supplements, saying they are unnecessary and that money spent on supplements is a waste.

Americans spend approximately $30 billion a year on vitamins, minerals, herbal and superfood supplements—an annual $100 for every man, woman and child in the U.S.

That fact may be a very positive sign that increasing numbers of the modern population may be waking up to the fact that Big Ag farming methods have severely reduced the nutritional value of our food.

The article criticized the Dietary Supplemental Health and Education Act of 1994, saying it opened the floodgates to “bringing products to market without evidence from the FDA proving they were beneficial.”

That many of us do know is that prescription medications (approved by the FDA) kill more people a year than firearms and autos combined.

Big Pharma products (approved by the FDA) misuse and abuse with resultant hospitalization and death is now so prevalent, even the mainstream media is talking about it.

On the other hand, if old-fashioned whole food from organic fields, and mineral and herbal supplements have killed anyone we don’t know about it.

Consider the fact that many lives may be more healthful and longer living because increasing numbers of people have realized that those supplemental vitamins and minerals have rescued them from the deficiency of soils producing nutrient-deficient foods.

That molybdenum is essential for our health may sound very inconsequential in the overall scheme of things. It is not.

Nor are many other essential vitamins and minerals deficient or lacking in modern farming and food processing methods inconsequential to our body’s efficient functioning.

We need them all, including molybdenum. Our bodies know best. Good food sources of molybdenum are beans and other legumes, grains and nuts (almonds and peanuts especially).

Sources include:, and New York Times