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Vanadium is a mineral that is not one of the Essential Mineral compounds, but is sometimes ingested in the diet. Can be found in bone tissues, Vanadium may influence glucose metabolism in an anti-diabetic manner.

Our evidence-based analysis on vanadium features 23 unique references to scientific papers.

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The majority of research on vanadium uses an oral dose of 100mg as a once daily supplement in persons with poor glucose tolerance. It is unsure if this is the optimal dose, but it appears to be effective.

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The Human Effect Matrix summarizes human studies to tell you what effects Vanadium has on your body, how much evidence there is, and how strong these effects are.

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Grade Level of Evidence
Robust research conducted with repeated double-blind clinical trials
Multiple studies where at least two are double-blind and placebo controlled
Single double-blind study or multiple cohort studies
Uncontrolled or observational studies only
Level of Evidence
? The amount of high quality evidence. The more evidence, the more we can trust the results.
Outcome Magnitude of effect
? The direction and size of the supplement's impact on each outcome. Some supplements can have an increasing effect, others have a decreasing effect, and others have no effect.
Consistency of research results
? Scientific research does not always agree. HIGH or VERY HIGH means that most of the scientific research agrees.
grade-c Minor Very High See 2 studies
A slight increase in triglycerides has been noted with vanadium supplementation
grade-c - Very High See 2 studies
No significant influence on HDL-C levels in serum of obese subjects
grade-c - Very High See all 5 studies
Although an insulin sensitizing effect cannot be fully ruled out at this point in time, the more robust evidence currently does not support this insulin sensitizing effect in obese persons with impaired glucose tolerance. It may be only in diabetics
grade-c - Very High See all 3 studies
Mixed effects on LDL-C, likely no direct influence on LDL but may reduce overall LDL levels secondary to improving the diabetic state (which normally increases LDL)
grade-c - Very High See 2 studies
No significant alterations in the levels of total cholesterol per se, but a decrease has been noted to be secondary to attenuating diabetic symptoms
grade-d Minor - See study
A decrease in blood glucose has been noted in type II diabetics which is thought to be secondary to reducing hepatic synthesis of glucose
grade-d Minor - See study
An increase in glycogen content has been noted in diabetic persons given vanadium, no studies in athletes currently
grade-d Minor Very High See 2 studies
A decrease in HbA1c has been noted with vanadium supplementation
grade-d - - See study
No significant influence on blood pressure noted

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  • Vanadium is non-stimulatory

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