Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for June 29, 2007

Molybdenum & Zinc for fighting yeast!

Candida Albicans is a common fungus and a normal inhabitant of the human intestine. Under certain conditions, it overgrows and releases toxic substances including alcohol and acetaldehyde. The actual name for the condition is chronic muco-cutaneous yeast infection. It is common in all age groups, thanks to the overuse of antibiotics, use of birth control pills and steroid drugs, diets high in sugar or carbohydrates, weak immune systems, copper imbalance, weak adrenals and improper bowel flora.

Symptoms range from fatigue and depression to headaches, bloating, gas, skin problems, tightness in the shoulders, itching and joint pain. The condition can be life-threatening in immune-compromised individuals.

Some practitioners blame everything on yeast problems, which is not the case in my experience. However, in listening to and working with several thousand patients, it becomes clear that chronic yeast overgrowth is more common than we suspect. It is present even among people who are not the usual candidates.

Several books including The Yeast Syndrome and The Yeast Connection discuss dietary and medical means to identify and control chronic yeast infection. They contain excellent information, but often focus more on symptoms than on causes. Many people try the diet and medication for candidiasis and feel somewhat better, but never fully recover. If they stop the program, the symptoms return. Fortunately, new insights from trace mineral research can help identify and correct deeper causes.


Molybdenum is an essential trace mineral for human and animal nutrition. Molybdenum (symbol Mo) is a transition metal that is found in the earth’s soil. The amount of molybdenum in plant foods vary significantly and is dependent upon the mineral content of the soil. The best sources of this mineral are beans, dark green leafy vegetables, and grains. Molybdenum is also found in several tissues of the human body and is involved in several enzyme systems.

In humans, the active biological form of molybdenum is known as the Molybdenum cofactor “Moco”. Moco is a cofactor in four human enzymes: xanthine dehydrogenase, xanthine oxidase, sulfite oxidase, and aldehyde oxidase. Due to its role in these enzyme systems, Molybdenum is essential and has been implicated in several health issues.

Molybdenum deficient diets fed to animals has resulted in slowed weight gain, decreased food consumption, impaired reproduction, and a shortened life expectancy.

Sulfites, which are used as a food additive, are a common substance to which individuals can become sensitized and develop allergies. Sulfite is also toxic to the nervous system. Since Molybdenum is necessary for sulfite oxidase, an enzyme which helps the body deal with these substances. It has been suggested that molybdenum may help promote healthy airways.*

In addition, yeasts in the body produce a by-product called acetaldehyde, a toxic substance resulting in several health consequences. In fact, acetaldehyde is the compound that produces the symptoms in an alcohol “hang-over.” Molybdenum plays a role as a cofactor in helping break down acetaldehyde to a form that actually provides the body with energy.* Molybdenum plays a large role in the detoxification pathway for acetaldehyde in the human body.

Molybdenum has also been implicated in helping to promote healthy and normal cellular replication.* Due to molybdenum’s role in aldehyde oxidase, it may play a role in the detoxification of some carcinogenic xenobiotics.* A xenobiotic is a totally synthetic product not naturally occurring in nature (i.e. a man-made chemical). Molybdenum is also involved in cofactors that are required for enzyme activity by some of the good bacteria of the large intestine. Some of these molybdenum dependent enzymes may, again, be involved in detoxifying carcinogenic xenobiotics.

Molybdenum also plays a role in purine metabolism. It is needed to convert purine to uric acid. As such, excessive intake of Molybdenum could, in rare cases, increase uric acid levels and potentially trigger gout.

Molybdenum is an antagonist to copper. Therefore, it has also been helpful in those struggling with excessive copper in the body. Molybdenum also has a relationship to iron, playing a role in enzyme dependent processes involving this mineral.


Zinc has been demonstrated to normalize the body’s response to swelling, heat, and tenderness associated with joints. It is also involved in the proper functioning of multiple enzymes in the body required to maintain normal health. Further, zinc is required for the production of nucleic acids RNA and DNA, the basic building blocks of the body.

Zinc plays a role in the metabolism of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. It is also involved in the process of gluconeogenesis, the formation of glucose from noncarbohydrates, such as protein and fat.

Zinc is involved in many chemical reactions in the brain. It is essential in the development and continuous normal functioning of the central nervous system. There are many metalloenzymes and binding proteins in the body that require zinc for normal functioning.


June 30, 2007 - Posted by | Health | , ,

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