- What other names is Vanadium known by?
- What is Vanadium?
- How does Vanadium work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Vanadium.
Vanadium is used for treating diabetes, low blood sugar, high cholesterol, heart disease, tuberculosis, syphilis, a form of "tired blood" (anemia), and water retention (edema); for improving athletic performance in weight training; and for preventing cancer.
Likely Effective for...
- Preventing vanadium deficiency, a condition in which the body doesn't have enough vanadium.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Diabetes. There is some evidence that high doses of vanadyl sulfate (100 mg daily, providing 31 mg elemental vanadium) might improve the way people with type 2 diabetes use insulin, the hormone that processes sugar. The study suggested that high-dose vanadium might lower blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. But there are two big concerns about this study. First, it only involved 40 people, so the conclusions need to be confirmed using a bigger study group. Secondly, even if high-dose vanadium works for diabetes, these high doses, used long-term, might not be safe. It's not known if lower doses work as well. For now, don't use vanadium to treat type 2 diabetes. Wait to see if additional larger studies show benefit and safety.
- Heart disease.
- High cholesterol.
- Water retention (edema).
- Preventing cancer.
- Other conditions.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).
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