Can A Simple Trace Mineral Help Keep Your Blood Sugar Balanced?
An estimated 33.9% of U.S. adults aged 18 years or older (84.1 million people) had prediabetes in 2015, based on their fasting glucose or A1C level. Nearly half (48.3%) of adults aged 65 years or older had prediabetes (Table 3) (Methods)!
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Clinically, I have seen nutrient and mineral deficiencies contribute to problems with blood sugar. Many Nutrient deficiencies factors are well documented to affect blood sugar such as chromium, magnesium and zinc. Others, like vanadium, have some compelling research but are not as well documented as the others. There is no upper limit defined for vanadium (RDA) and no lower limit for it. In addition to this the debate is also as to whether its even a necessary nutrient!
MINERAL NUTRIENT SOLUTIONS:
Vanadium is, as the more well known minerals mentioned above, used for blood sugar control. Anecdotally I have seen vanadium supplementation appear to help blood sugar. In addition to what is known about diet and exercise and the aforementioned nutrients, Vanadium has shown benefit in reducing glycemia by making cells more insulin receptive.
One animal study has shown, the glycemia decrease was about 8 and 15% with 5mg and 10mg doses.
In a 6 week human trial study, fasting glucose and hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) decreased significantly in the 150- and 300-mg supplemented groups.
In addition, at the highest dose, total cholesterol decreased. There were no notable negative side effects.
Also, more doctors are commenting that they too are seeing improvements in blood sugar with vanadium supplementation. If you or someone you know is suffering from Is suffering from blood sugar issues, dysglycemia and/or diabetes vanadium supplementation may help them!
FOOD SOURCES OF VANADIUM
Good food sources of vanadium are mushrooms, shellfish, black pepper, parsley, dill weed, beer, wine, grain and grain products. . Buckwheat contains 100 micrograms of vanadium in a 3.5-ounce serving. Oats, corn, green beans, carrots, cabbage, garlic, tomatoes, radishes and onions are additional foods that contain vanadium. Beer and wine drinks Also contain vanadium.
SUPPLEMENT SOURCES OF VANADIUM
Vanadyl sulfate is most commonly found in nutritional supplements and it is the form we predominantly use in the clinic in addition to dietary recommendations.
Vanadyl sulfate has been used in doses of multiple hundreds of milligrams per day for adults, without adverse side effects.
In the master the body clinic we don't use nearly that much, sometimes 150mcg or up to 7.5 mg once a day. This is much lower than the research amounts but I have found it to be anecdotally significant when in conjunction with other dietary or supplementary changes.
Dr. Lorn Allison
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