Molybdenum is a mineral found in beans, grains, and dairy. It has been used to aid sleep, promote general well-being, and to improve athletic performance. Molybdenum is often only recommended for those who do not get enough from their diet. It can be taken as a pill.
There are no advised doses for molybdenum. Adults should not take more than 2 mg per day.A1
There is not enough data to support that molybdenum is helpful in treating health problems. We will review future studies as they are published.
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It is likely safe to take molybdenum in small doses. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not exceed 2 mg per day if 19 years or older (1.7 mg/day if 18 or younger).A1
Talk to your doctor about any supplements or therapy you would like to use. Some can interfere with treatment or make conditions worse.
A1. Dietary Reference Intakes for Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Arsenic, Boron, Chromium, Copper, Iodine, Iron, Manganese, Molybdenum, Nickel, Silicon, Vanadium, and Zinc. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 2002. Available at: https://www.nap.edu/read/10026/chapter/1. Accessed August 5, 2019.
Last reviewed March 2020 by EBSCO NAT Review Board Eric Hurwitz, DC Last Updated: 6/29/2020