Reader says, As I was conducting my own research on the efficacy of dietary supplements, I came across an article that included a health claim attributed to a Dr. Jonathan Wright who contends that taking MSM on a long-term basis could cause a molybdenum deficiency. Is that true? Dr. Wright believes that consuming MSM in supplement form can create an excess pool of sulfur which then must drain molybdenum in order to be metabolized. He recommends getting our daily intake of sulfur from natural food sources such as raw cabbage, garlic, and onions.
Molybdenum is a trace mineral that activates enzymes in the body and aids in promoting dental health. The amount of molybdenum that we consume is dependent upon the presence of this mineral in our soil. Top food sources of molybdenum include green peas and small white beans, while the recommended daily allowance is 2 milligrams for both adult men and women.
While I wholeheartedly agree that we should strive to obtain as much of our essential nutrients from raw and natural food sources, we also need to consider that much of our commercial farmland is deficient in sulfur and various trace minerals due, in part, to the heavy deployment of petrochemical fertilizers. Unless crops are grown organically and are consumed soon after being picked using a minimal amount of processing, much of their sulfur content will be lost.
Moreover, while organic sulfur consists of MSM (methylsulfonylmethane), many commercial brands of MSM are not organic. For instance, if the MSM that you’re taking is in pill or capsule form, it typically contains additives such as silicon dioxide or magnesium stearate that interfere with the body’s uptake of sulfur.
With regards to whether long-term use of MSM can cause a molybdenum deficiency, here is what Patrick McGean, my organic sulfur supplier, had to say about this suggestion:
Jonathan Wright MD has no idea about organic sulfur. As for the moly deficiency, not one study member who does compressive blood and tissue screening has ever demonstrated a molybdenum deficiency.
It is important to remember Big Pharma has done everything possible to inform people sulfur is bad because it replaces every single advertised drug.
Of the 20,000 MDs who have communicated with us, only six had even the slightest idea what sulfur is about and none were aware of the moly deficiency which Jonathan Wright refers.
In the world of information, moly deficiency is a red herring.
MSM: Natural Organic Sulphur Supplement
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Nise | Eating Healthy & Living Fit
May 28, 2014