Molybdenum participates
in the formation of enzymes

How does molybdenum work?

Molybdenum is a mineral involved in the formation of different enzymes. These accelerate a series of reactions in our body, thereby adjusting our metabolism. Enzymes are also involved in the breakdown and formation of proteins in the body.

Molybdenum in the diet

Important sources of molybdenum are foods such as cereals and nuts. Other foods high in molybdenum are offal, milk and eggs.

The molybdenum content of products of vegetable origin depends on the land on which they are grown.

Lack of molybdenum

There is little information available on the consequences that a lack of molybdenum can cause in humans.

Excess molybdenum

There is little information available on the consequences that an excess of molybdenum can cause in humans. The EU has fixed a value of 600 micrograms per day as the upper limit of intake of this mineral.

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Following the placement of a gastric band or sleeve

Following surgery for the placement of a gastric band or sleeve, it is important to take a quantity of molybdenum equal to 50 micrograms per day. This value corresponds to 100% of the Recommended Daily Allowance.

Following gastric bypass surgery, duodenal switch or biliopancreatic diversion procedures

Because of changes to the small intestine as a result of this type of intervention your need for molybdenum increases. The tract of the intestine that absorbs the minerali s bypassed and that means the degree of assimilation of molybdenum by the body is insufficient.

Therefore, it is necessary to take around 100 micrograms, or 200% of the Recommended Daily Requirement to provide your body with an adequate daily intake.

Molybdenum supplements

WLS Optimum and WLS Forte supplements offer an adequate amount of molybdenum through just one capsule per day. For more information, please refer to our homepage:


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