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VANADIUM

Vanadium is a trace mineral with the atomic number of 23 that is found in many foods. It has a positive effect in people with diabetes type 2 by lowering blood sugar levels and improving sensitivity to insulin. In one study of people with type 2 diabetes, vanadium also lowered their total and LDL cholesterol. Like insulin, vanadium is believed to help shuttle nutrients, like amino acids and blood sugar, into muscle cells.

Vanadium is also important for bone formation and growth, which could help maintain bone density and fight age-related loss of bone. This effect seems to be due to an enzyme-stimulating capacity and ability to enhance calcium metabolism which is important for growth and red blood cell production.

Vanadium deficiency

A deficiency of vanadium may lead to high cholesterol and triglyceride levels, heart disease and cancer.

Highest sources of vanadium in alphabetical order

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