Vanadium

Chemical Symbol

V


Overview

Vanadium is a trace mineral found in a variety of foods we eat. Scientist are not exactly sure of how much we need but, they believe we do need it in small amounts. They believe it is involved in normal bone growth although they are unsure of exactly how much of an impact it has. The one thing they know for sure is that high levels of vanadium is unsafe for our bodies.


Function

Vanadium may act as a co-factor for enzymes that are involved in blood sugar metabolism, lipid and cholesterol metabolism, bone and tooth development, fertility, thyroid function, hormone production and neurotransmitter metabolism.


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Recommended Intake

The suggested daily intake of vanadium is 10 to 100 mcg depending on age, gender, and health conditions.


Deficiency

Vanadium deficiencies have not been seen in humans yet, however it has been seen in animals. In animals, deficiency causes infertility, reduction in red blood cell production that leads to anemia, iron metabolism defects and poor bone, tooth and cartilage formation.


Sources in the Diet

Whole grains, nuts, vegetable oils, dill, fish, radishes, lettuce, and strawberries are good sources of vanadium.


Recent Studies and Articles

Vanadium supplement benefits

http://www.livestrong.com/article/370716-what-are-the-benefits-of-vanadium-supplements/

Vanadium as part of diabetes medicine

http://diabetes.webmd.com/alternative-medicine

Vanadium and cancer

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S030438351000056X


Challenges Presented


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Sources

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