What is Molybdenum?
Molybdenum sounds like a new fashion trend, doesn’t it? It’s not. It’s actually a pretty nifty lil’ element found in your body that helps with all kinds of stuff from metabolizing fats and carbs to creating energy so you don’t run out of gas at the gym.
Sound kind of cool? It is.
Molybdenum and Energy
As a metallic element, molybdenum is most known for its role in energy production within the mitochrondria.
Through reactions with enzymes, it reduces nitrogen to a couple other things which creates energy.
Molybdenum and Metabolizing Fats and Carbs
Because it is a cofactor in a lot of enzymatic reactions, we could go on and on about all it does, but we’re not. Because we don’t want to TL:DR you. So we’ll cover the most important stuff like this.
Through enzymatic reactions it helps break down fats and carbs. This is important because the easier these things are broken down, the more quickly they can be used for things like energy when you’re training, rather than stored as fat.
It also helps break down amino acids which result in activation of sulfur containing amino acids needed to be healthy and buff.
Molybdenum as an Antioxidant
If you religiously follow our blogs, you know how we rave and rave about antioxidants, especially when it comes to a multivitamin for athletes. Antioxidants are so important for humans as it is, but if you’re an active human, you need more antioxidants to protect you.
Our bodies go through tons of chemical reactions to function, during this process, some pollution occurs, if you will. In the form of free radicals. It’s natural. That’s why we have an antioxidant system in place to deactivate these roaming psychos ‘purging’ our bodies by attacking it.
Well, during training or exercise, our bodies go through oxidative stress. What does that mean? MORE free radicals raging on your healthy bod. That means athletes need more to prevent cell damage, inflammatory body states and conditions that can lead to other more harmful things like chronic diseases, cancer and even death.
These free radicals are no joke. You might have heard how they age you, but if you can imagine that if they can affect your outer appearance, they are doing 10-20 maybe even 100 times more damage internally.
So, molybdenum helps fight these roaming ragers by activating enzymes that fight the little buggers.
If that isn’t enough, it helps with energy production.
Molybdenum and Energy
Energy is obtained from food, yeah? So we eat, our bodies break down the food and food is shuttled to the areas in need of energy. Molybdenum is a key component in the production of energy within the mitochondria. First it’s part of digestion, is used in energy production and then helps your muscles work.
This role also impacts protein synthesis and growth.
So there you have it, it aids in metabolism, energy and antioxidants. Rather than explaining why an athlete would want it, we’ll let you try to think of reasons why you shouldn’t want it.
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Now that you’ve worked out your thinker, go workout your bod.