Molybdenum is an essential trace mineral. It is found naturally in the human body, in small quantities, and also in certain foods. It is an excellent supplement to protect your body from the effects of Candida overgrowth.
Molybdenum is particularly useful during Candida Die-Off, when it helps your liver to expel the toxins that are produced when the Candida yeast is killed.
To help with Candida overgrowth or Die-Off you will need more molybdenum than is typically present in your body. You can buy it in a more concentrated form, usually capsules, from your vitamin store.
NOW Foods produces an excellent supplement that contains Molybdenum, as well as Selenium (an antioxidant and immune-booster) and NAC (an antioxidant that protects your liver). You can find it here.
How does Molybdenum help with Candida?
To understand how molybdenum can help with Candida, you need to see how your Candida overgrowth is releasing toxins into your system. The Candida yeast lives on sugars in your gut. When it processes these, one of the byproducts that it releases is a neurotoxin named acetaldehyde. This is just one of the toxins that Candida releases (there are a total of 79!), but it happens to be the most important.
Acetaldehyde has a whole host of detrimental effects on your health and wellbeing. It can impair your brain function and even kill brain cells. Your endocrine, immune and respiratory systems can all be affected, and it also damages the membranes of your red blood cells, reducing their ability to carry oxygen round the body. Again this directly affects your brain, so you can see how acetaldehyde is linked to Candida symptoms like brain fog and fatigue.
Acetaldehyde stays in your body – it does not get excreted like other toxins. A build up or accumulation of acetaldehyde can lead to joint pain, a feeling of weakness and aches in muscles, in addition to those harmful effects on your brain.
Molybdenum helps by converting the acetaldehyde into acetic acid. This can then be excreted from the body like any other toxin. Alternatively, the acetic acid can actually be converted into an enzyme named acetyl coenzyme A, which is actually an important part of your metabolism. Acetaldehyde is also released during Candida Die-Off, which is when molybdenum is especially useful. If you think you are undergoing Die-Off and you are experiencing the usual fatigue and flu-like symptoms, Molybdenum may be able to help.
A 1991 study of molybdenum, published in The Digest of Chiropractic Economics (see here), found the following:
“The addition of molybdenum, based on aldehyde olfactory sensitivity muscle testing, has resulted in turnarounds of our most difficult Candida albicans patients. The most noticeable changes are seen in the sore, achy, sluggish, “flu-type” symptoms of which many Candida patients complain. The energy returns, the generalized musculoskeletal achiness improves, and mental sluggishness disappear, and sinus and nasal congestion clears up.”
How do you take Molybdenum?
You can start taking molybdenum as soon as you begin the antifungals or probiotics. This is when Candida Die-Off is most likely to occur, and its when your liver will need Molybdenum the most. The good news is that a large part of your molybdenum dosage ends up in the liver, exactly where it needs to be.
Molybdenum normally comes in capsule form. For dosage, you should follow the instructions on the bottle. Its very difficult to overdose on molybdenum as any excess is excreted out by your kidneys.
Other Treatments for Die-Off
Candidate by Native Remedies
Candidate is a 100% herbal formulation containing Lemongrass, Pot Marigold and Pau D’Arco. The Pot Marigold in particular is excellent for flushing toxins out of your system. Read more >>
The active ingredient in Milk Thistle is Silymarin, which is actually a group of phytochemical compounds named flavonolignands. These compounds support your liver in a number of ways that will help you through Candida Die-Off. Read more >>
Patothenic Acid (or vitamin B-5) & vitamin C
These are very supportive for your adrenal function and immune system. Die-Off puts your body under stress, so a healthy immune system is vital to make sure your stay healthy. Read more >>
For more information on choosing a detox supplement and reducing your Candida symptoms, take a look at my Ultimate Candida Diet treatment program.