Vanadium - Information and Sources
Vanadium is widely found in nature and is a trace mineral needed by the body in small amounts. It is active in many chemical reactions which occur in the body. Vanadium plays a role in cellular metabolism, the formation of bones and teeth, reproduction and growth. It also inhibits cholesterol synthesis. Vanadium is involved in maintaining blood glucose levels with the hormone insulin and lipid metabolism; it has significant insulin-mimetic properties in pharmacological doses.
Vanadyl sulphate is a popular nutritional supplement reported to help blood glucose control, although evidence is weak. Vanadium from the diet or from supplements is poorly absorbed; as little as 5%.
Particularly good food sources:
- Black pepper
- Olive oil