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Sunday, May 8, 2011

MORE on Vanadium (TRACE Mineral and Type 2 Diabetes)

To try and wrap this Vanadium research, and the Dr. Whitaker situation up, I wanted to do one more post on this for now. Vanadium is a trace mineral. Webster's dictionary describes the word (TRACE) as it relates to this BLOG and the mineral as: "A minute and barely detectable amount or indication" as in the trace of a smile.

That being said, my intellect tells me that as a trace mineral it plays an important part in overall health, and at the same time, "IF a little is good for you" / it doesn't follow that a LOT is better." Vanadium is still being researched and looked into. My take on it for now is that one should NOT go out and buy a Vanadium supplement and start taking large amounts of it. Remember it is a TRACE mineral and you should get enough of it by eating the foods listed below. IF and only IF your doctor decides you could benefit from extra supplementation, would I go out and start popping vanadium capsules on my own.

The more I study Type 2 Diabetes, the more I believe that lifestyle changes in diet and exercise along with PROVEN supplementation is the key to long term success in reversing diabetes. I do NOT believe at this point in time there is a MAGIC BULLET or instant cure.

I DO believe in the power of prayer and receiving a miracle in that regard, or a word of wisdom, word of knowledge, etc. and being ministered to.

LINK to foods rich in Vanadium


Vanadium Rich Foods

Vanadium Rich Foods

Vanadium Rich Foods
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Vanadium Rich Foods


Vanadium is a trace mineral that was discovered in the early 1800s and named for Vanadis, the Swedish goddess of beauty, youth, and luster. This mineral is found in extremely small quantities in the human body and there is much controversy regarding whether vanadium is an essential mineral. Vanadium is found in many foods that you consume on a regular basis.

Health Benefits of Vanadium

There are some proven health benefits of vanadium and some theorized health benefits of vanadium. According to Diabetes, clinical trials have revealed that increased consumption of vanadium promotes a reduction in blood glucose levels and improved insulin sensitivity in individuals with type 2 diabetes. A study at the University of Ioannina in Greece showed that vanadium consumption had cancer fighting properties. Vanadium is also marketed as a powerful dietary supplement for performance enhancement and body building. However, there is no scientific evidence to support these claims.

Adverse Effects of Vanadium

Vanadium is only required by the body in trace amounts; over-consumption of this mineral can cause some adverse side effects. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, the most common side effects due to vanadium consumption are diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and stomach pain. In addition, consumption of vanadium may cause blood glucose levels to drop to dangerous levels, especially in individuals who take medications in order to lower blood glucose levels. Excessive consumption of vanadium can cause a decrease in the number of white blood cells and may alter kidney function.

Vanadium Rich Grains and Seeds

Grains and seeds are food sources with the highest vanadium concentrations. Black pepper, by far, is the food source with the greatest vanadium concentration. The vanadium concentration of black pepper is 987 ng/g. Dill seed also contains a significant concentration of vanadium. The vanadium concentration of dill seed is 431 ng/g. Gluten has a vanadium concentration of 33 ng/g. White rice is also a good dietary source of vanadium with a concentration of 21 ng/g.

Vanadium Rich Meats and Seafood

Meats and seafood are also good dietary sources of vanadium. Seafood such as codfish and scallops are among the meats that contain the greatest amount of vanadium with concentrations of 28 ng/g and 22 ng/g, respectively. The breast meat, or white meat, of a chicken is also a good dietary source of vanadium with a concentration of 22 ng/g. Conversely, the dark meat of the chicken only contains 12 ng/g of vanadium.

Other Rich Dietary Sources of Vanadium

There are several other dietary sources that contain a significant concentration of vanadium. Peanut butter is an excellent dietary source of vanadium with a concentration of 44ng/g. Egg yolk are another food rich in vanadium with a concentration of 21 ng/g. A can of beer also contains a meaningful quantity of vanadium with a concentration of 11 ng/g.

1 comment:

  1. Vanadium and Chromium work together to maintain the circulatory system and maintain homeostasis.Mineral Vanadium