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The essential trace element molybdenum is mainly found in legumes, nuts and cereals. Bread and baked goods therefore also contribute greatly to molybdenum intake.

Molybdenum is a component of certain enzymes and as such is involved in numerous metabolic processes, such as the breakdown of amino acids or the breakdown of purine to uric acid.

It is not yet known exactly how much molybdenum a person needs. There is also currently no reliable data on molybdenum intake in Germany. However, according to the current state of knowledge, there are no indications of insufficient molybdenum intake. Finally, it is still unclear what health risks for humans go along with a permanently high intake of molybdenum.

Proposed maximum level for the addition of molybdenum to food supplements (per daily dose of an individual product):

Höchstmenge Molybdaen


In order to provide consumers with significant additional nutrient intake via food supplements when needed and at the same time to protect well-supplied people from excessive intake, the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) recommends not adding more than 80 micrograms (µg) of molybdenum per daily dose to a food supplement.



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