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Molybdenum is an essential trace mineral. Deficiency of molybdenum is rare, but may occur in certain parts of the world. Current marketing of molybdenum products for the treatment of medical conditions is not founded on any meaningful scientific evidence.
Molybdenum is found in a variety of foods, including dark green leafy vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. Mineral water or “hard” tap water may also supply significant amounts of molybdenum.
Deficiency of molybdenum is believed to be rare. Although accurate “recommended daily intake” levels for molybdenum have not been determined, less precise “safe and adequate intake” levels have been set in the U.S. as follows:
- Birth to 3 years of age: 15 to 50 micrograms (mcg)
- 4 to 6 years of age: 30 to 75 mcg
- 7 to 10 years of age: 50 to 150 mcg
- 11 or older: 75 to 250 mcg
Last reviewedSeptember 2014by EBSCO CAM Review Board
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