Atomic number 23, Metavanadate, Métavanadate, Orthovanadate, Pentoxyde de Vanadium, Sulfate de Vanadyl, V, Vanadate, Vanadio, Vanadium Pentoxide, Vanadyl, Vanadyl Nicotinate, Vanadyl Sulfate, Vanadyl Sulphate.


Overview Information

Vanadium is a mineral. It was named for the Norse goddess of beauty, Vanadis, because of its beautiful colors. Vanadium supplements are used as medicine.

Vanadium is used for preventing vanadium deficiency. It is also used for prediabetes and diabetes, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

How does it work?

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


Uses & Effectiveness?

Likely Effective for

  • Vanadium deficiency. Taking vanadium by mouth can prevent vanadium deficiency, a condition in which the body doesn't have enough vanadium.

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Diabetes. There is some evidence that high doses of vanadyl sulfate might improve the way the body uses insulin in people with type 2 diabetes. High-dose vanadium might also lower blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. But there are two big concerns about this evidence. First, the study involved only 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 might not be safe when used long-term. It's unknown 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.
  • Prediabetes. Early research shows that taking high doses of vanadyl sulfate doesn't improve how the body uses insulin in people with prediabetes. It also doesn't seem to lower blood sugar.
  • Anemia.
  • Athletic performance.
  • Heart disease.
  • High levels of cholesterol or other fats (lipids) in the blood (hyperlipidemia).
  • Low levels of sugar in the blood (hypoglycemia).
  • Preventing cancer.
  • Tuberculosis.
  • Water retention (edema).
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of vanadium for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

When taken by mouth: Vanadium is LIKELY SAFE in adults if taken by mouth in amounts less than 1.8 mg per day. Vanadium is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken by mouth in higher amounts. At higher doses, vanadium often causes unwanted side effects including stomach discomfort, diarrhea, nausea, and gas. It can also cause a greenish tongue, loss of energy, problems with the nervous system, and kidney damage.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy: Vanadium is LIKELY SAFE in food amounts. But don't take vanadium supplements during pregnancy. Vanadium supplements are POSSIBLY UNSAFE. There is some evidence that having higher levels of vanadium in the body while pregnant might slow the growth of the fetus. It also seems to increase the risk of the amniotic sac breaking before the onset of labor (premature rupture of membranes or PROM). Stay on the safe side and stick to food amounts.

Breast-feeding: Vanadium is LIKELY SAFE in food amounts. But don't take vanadium supplements while breast-feeding. There isn't enough reliable information to know if larger doses of vanadium are safe when breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side, and stick to food amounts.

Children: Vanadium is LIKELY SAFE in children when taken in amounts found in foods. But don't give children vanadium supplements. Not enough is known about the safety of these larger doses in children.

Diabetes: The vanadyl sulfate form of vanadium might lower blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. Monitor your blood sugar carefully.

Kidney problems: There is developing evidence that vanadium might harm the kidneys. If you have kidney disease, don't use vanadium supplements.



Moderate Interaction

Be cautious with this combination

  • Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs) interacts with VANADIUM

    Vanadium seems to decrease blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking vanadium along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to go too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medication might need to be changed.

    Some medications used for diabetes include glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), tolbutamide (Orinase), and others.

  • Medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs) interacts with VANADIUM

    Vanadium might slow blood clotting. Taking vanadium along with medications that also slow clotting might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding.

    Some medications that slow blood clotting include aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix), diclofenac (Voltaren, Cataflam, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, others), dalteparin (Fragmin), enoxaparin (Lovenox), heparin, warfarin (Coumadin), and others.



The appropriate dose of vanadium depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for vanadium. 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 your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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