Vanadium Health Topic
Dietary Sources of Vanadium:
Mushrooms, shellfish, black pepper, parsley, dill weed, grain and grain products.
Learn More About Vanadium
Vanadium is a trace mineral that is present in many foods and may be essential, in small amounts, in the body. It may be involved in normal bone growth. Several animal studies and a few very small human studies suggest that vanadium may reduce blood sugar levels and improve sensitivity to insulin in people with type 2 diabetes. Vanadium may increase the risk of bleeding when taken with anticoagulants or blood thinners. Because vanadium may lower blood sugar levels, people who also take medications to lower blood sugar could be at risk of developing hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).
Vanadyl sulfate is an oxidative form of vanadium that in vitro and in animal models of diabetes has been shown to reduce hyperglycemia and insulin resistance.
In animal studies, vanadium has been found to function similarly to insulin by helping to maintain blood glucose levels the same as in the control group, despite lower serum insulin, while at the same time making cell membrane insulin receptors more sensitive to insulin. Some studies just don't compare to clinical applications in the real world: my own patient feedback has not been favorable to vanadium supplementation so far for diabetes. Supplementing higher amounts of vanadium on a regular basis when not indicated can have detrimental side effects.
Diets containing vanadyl sulphate considerably reduce the cholesterol concentration in the aorta and appreciably lower the capacity of the liver to synthesize cholesterol.
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