Low Molybdenum (Mo) in hair is a possible indication of Mo deficiency. Hair is very rarely contaminated with exogenous Mo.
Mo is an essential trace element that is an activator of specific enzymes such as: xanthine oxidase (catalyzes formation of uric acid), sulfite oxidase (catalyzes oxidation of sulfite to sulfate), and aldehyde dehydrogenase (catalyzes oxidation of aldehydes). Possible effects or symptoms consistent with Mo deficiency are: subnormal uric acid in blood and urine, sensitivity or reactivity to sulfites, protein intolerance (specifically to sulfur-bearing amino acids), and sensitivity or reactivity to aldehydes.
True Mo deficiency is uncommon but may result from: a poor-quality diet, gastrointestinal dysfunctions, or tungsten exposure. Tungsten (from ”TIG” welding) can be a powerful antagonist of Mo retention in the body. Copper overload can also reduce Mo retention.
Because normal blood and blood cell Mo levels are very low (a few parts per billion), blood measurement is not an appropriate tissue for confirmation of subnormal molybdenum.
Confirmatory tests for Mo deficiency include measurement of urine sulfite concentration (increased in Mo deficiency), measurement of blood/urine uric acid level (decreased in Mo deficiency), and measurement of urinary Mo content.
Own it for life
Our exclusive data entry service is a convenient way to get your results into your private dashboard. Simply attach an image or a file of your lab test results, and one of our qualified data entry team members will add the results for you. We support all sorts of files, whether PDFs, JPGs, or Excel. This service is excellent whether you have a lot of reports to upload or are too busy to do the data entry yourself.
We strive to make the data entry process easy for you. Whether by offering dozens of templates to choose from that pre-populate the most popular laboratory panels or by giving you instant feedback on the entered values. Our data entry forms are an easy, fast, and convenient way to enter the reports yourself. There is no limit on how many lab reports you can upload.
billed every month
Data entry included
$6.60/month billed annually
Data entry included
own it for life
Are You a Health Professional?
Get started with our professional plan
Welcome to Healthmatters Pro.
Save time on interpreting lab results with the largest database of biomarkers online. In-depth research on any test at your fingertips, all stored and tracked in one place. Learn more
Pro Monthly Plus
for health professionals
$75 per month