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Soil in hand

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:

Disclaimer: Many people report feeling improvement in their condition and/or general well-being taking dietary, vitamin, mineral, and/or herbal supplements. The Editorial Board of, however, cannot endorse such products since most lack peer-reviewed scientific validation of their claims. In most cases an appropriate diet and a "multiple vitamin" will provide the necessary dietary supplements for most individuals. Prior to taking additional dietary, vitamin, mineral, and/or herbal supplements it is recommended that patients consult with their personal physician to discuss their specific supplement requirements.

Updated on: 03/16/16
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Vincent Traynelis, MD
Although many patient's describe improvement in their condition after taking one of the supplements previously described, the Editorial Board is unable to endorse these supplements, as there is insufficient peer reviewed research available. Hopefully the role of these compounds will be better understood once more scientific research is compiled.
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