Over the past few weeks we have been discussing minerals. This week we finish up with the trace mineral Moylbdenum. To recap let’s review the difference between a vitamin and mineral. A vitamin is any compound that contains carbon and therefore is organic. There are two classes of vitamins…fat soluble A, D, E and K or water soluble, B and C.
Minerals on the other hand do not contain carbon and are what we call inorganic. There are macro- minerals and micro-minerals. Macro-minerals are calcium, chloride, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and sodium. Micro-minerals are: chromium, iron, copper, zinc, iodine, manganese, molybdenum, selenium and iron.
There are many factors that can decrease the absorption of vitamins and minerals which include: alcohol, caffeine, antibiotics, stress, corticosteroids, aspirin, diuretics, oral contraceptives, sugar and tobacco. Therefore if your lifestyle includes any of these factors and you are not well there could be a good chance that you are not absorbing your essential nutrients.
This week we will be discussing Molybdenum
The primary function of molybdenum is to serve as a cofactor for many enzymes.
What it Does:
- Helps with the metabolism of uric acid, which is the final stage of protein metabolism
- Involved in the metabolism of drugs and toxins
- Role in carbohydrate metabolism
- Needed to detoxify sulfites
Found In: whole grains, wheat germ, all legumes (beans, peas, lentils, soybeans), nuts cauliflower, green beans, potatoes, and dark leafy green vegetables.
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