Vanadium might act like insulin or help to increase the effects of insulin.
People use vanadium for preventing vanadium deficiency. It is also used for prediabetes, diabetes, athletic performance, cancer, and many other purposes, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Uses & Effectiveness
Likely Effective for
- Vanadium deficiency. Taking vanadium by mouth prevents vanadium deficiency, a condition in which the body doesn't have enough vanadium.
Special Precautions and Warnings
Pregnancy: Vanadium is commonly consumed in foods. But taking vanadium as medicine during pregnancy is possibly unsafe. Having higher levels of vanadium in the body while pregnant might slow the growth of the fetus and cause other serious side effects. Stay on the safe side and stick to food amounts.
Breast-feeding: Vanadium is commonly consumed in foods. But there isn't enough reliable information to know if vanadium is safe to use as medicine while breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and stick to food amounts.
Children: Vanadium is commonly consumed in foods. But there isn't enough reliable information to know if vanadium is safe to use as medicine in children.
Kidney problems: Vanadium might harm the kidneys. If you have kidney disease, don't use vanadium supplements.
Surgery: Vanadium might lower blood sugar and interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. It might also thin the blood and increase the chance of bleeding during and after surgery. Stop taking vanadium at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs) interacts with VANADIUM
Vanadium might lower blood sugar levels. Taking vanadium along with diabetes medications might cause blood sugar to drop too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely.
Medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs) interacts with VANADIUM
Vanadium might slow blood clotting. Taking vanadium along with medications that also slow blood clotting might increase the risk of bruising and bleeding.
Be cautious with this combination
As medicine, there isn't enough reliable information to know what an appropriate dose of vanadium might be. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult a healthcare professional before using.
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