Vanadium

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How does Vanadium work?

There is some evidence that vanadium might act like insulin, or help to increase the effects of insulin.

Are there safety concerns?

Vanadium seems to be safe for most people if less than 1.8 mg per day is taken. At higher doses such as those used to treat diabetes, vanadium frequently causes adverse effects including abdominal discomfort, diarrhea, nausea, and gas. It can also cause some side effects including a greenish tongue, loss of energy, and problems with the nervous system.

Vanadium is UNSAFE when used in large amounts and for a long time. This increases the risk of serious side effects including kidney damage.

Vanadium might lower blood sugar. People with diabetes should check their blood sugar carefully and watch for signs of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia).

Do not take vanadium if:
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • You have kidney problems.

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