vanadium (OTC)

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Dosing & Uses

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Dietary Supplement

10 mg vanadyl sulfate yields 2 mg vanadium

The body contains between 20-25 mg and a regular diets provides about 2 mg/day

Typical dosage range: 50-100 mcg/day

Daily diet normally provides enough to meet requirements

Sources of vanadium: Dill, pepper, eggs, radishes, vegetable oils, buckwheat and oats

Potential health benefits: May improve sensitivity to insulin in type 1 and 2 diabetes; may also lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure

Not enough safety information about its risks available to be recommended as a safe supplement

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            Ability to determine vanadium deficiency or optimum dose not currently possible due to lack of studies

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            Pregnancy & Lactation

            Pregnancy Category: N/A

            Lactation: N/A

            Pregnancy Categories

            A:Generally acceptable. Controlled studies in pregnant women show no evidence of fetal risk.

            B:May be acceptable. Either animal studies show no risk but human studies not available or animal studies showed minor risks and human studies done and showed no risk.

            C:Use with caution if benefits outweigh risks. Animal studies show risk and human studies not available or neither animal nor human studies done.

            D:Use in LIFE-THREATENING emergencies when no safer drug available. Positive evidence of human fetal risk.

            X:Do not use in pregnancy. Risks involved outweigh potential benefits. Safer alternatives exist.

            NA:Information not available.

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            Mechanism of Action

            Blocks dozens of enzymes, including syntethases, kinases, and ribonucleasis

            May improve sensitivity to insulin in type 1 and 2 diabetes

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