Vanadium is a metallic element found in the soil. It is important for cellular metabolism and development of bones and teeth. Vanadium may improve insulin utilization, resulting in improved glucose tolerance.
A deficiency of vanadium may cause diabetes (high blood sugar) or hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels (cardiovascular disease), and kidney disease.
Sources of Vanadium
Food sources include: fish, dill, olives, meat, radishes, whole grains, green beans, carrots, cabbage, and sunflower, olive, safflower and corn oils.
Vanadium is found in nutritional supplements such as vanadyl sulfate and vanadyl.
Guidelines and Cautions
- Studies do not support the efficacy or safety of human consumption of vanadium.
- Some sources indicate a daily dose of 30 to 60-mg in pill form can be taken.
- Vanadium and chromium should not be combined.
- Tobacco use decreases the uptake of vanadium.
A potential drug interaction may occur if a vanadium supplement is taken with:
- Phenothiazines (antipsychotic)
- Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (antidepressant)
- Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA)
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