Sodium molybdate is one of the best sources of molybdate, one of the essential trace elements found in foods such as milk, legumes, nuts, leafy greens, and even organ meats.

You can also find the trace mineral in a lot of dietary supplements, designed to increase your dosage in the event that your body doesn’t get enough from food. But is sodium molybdate safe to take?

What Is the Recommended Dosage?

A key reason for taking molybdenum as a supplement is molybdenum deficiency, though it is extremely uncommon in healthy individuals. This is because the daily intakes of molybdenum the human body requires are quite low according to the Food and Nutrition board in Australia:

  • 2-3 micrograms/day for infants
  • Up to 43 micrograms a day for children and adolescents
  • 45 micrograms a day for adults aged 19 and older

These are the recommended dietary intakes of molybdate, which are easily achieved through a regular diet alone. This is why most people don’t necessarily require additional molybdate intake from supplements.

However, such supplements may be needed to treat or prevent certain conditions (such as tooth decay), or as a result of a genetic condition that hinders a person’s ability to effectively absorb the chemical from food. If you’re unsure if you should be taking such supplements, please seek medical advice first.

What Happens When You Take Higher Doses of Molybdate?

There have been some notable side-effects with consuming too much molybdate in animals, such as:

  • Growth reduction
  • Mild renal failure
  • Weight loss
  • Breeding issues
  • Litter death

The Food and Nutrition Board states that consuming molybdenum at even 2mg a day is generally safe, as that is perfectly tolerable for the human body. While there haven’t been many cases of consuming high levels of molybdate through dietary supplements, people taking it for treating copper deficiencies have experienced some mild side-effects, but the results have been inconclusive as people generally saw very different reactions.

However, molybdate is quickly excreted out of the body through urine, and in higher doses of the chemical process is greatly enhanced. Still, these individuals take the chemical in a highly controlled environment, as part of their copper deficiency treatment. As a result, taking a dietary supplement of this chemical is generally safe as long as you’re following medical advice and not exceeding the recommended daily intake recommendation.

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