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Vanadium has been proposed as a treatment for diabetes , based on promising studies in animals and a few small human trials. 1 Vanadium is also sometimes used as a sports supplement by bodybuilders, but there is no evidence that it is effective. 2 Because studies in mice have found that vanadium is deposited in bone, 3 some practitioners of nutritional medicine have suggested that it may be helpful for osteoporosis . However, since many toxic metals also accumulate in the bones without strengthening them, this doesn't prove that vanadium is good for bones.
- Boden G, Chen X, Ruiz J, van Rossum GD, Turco S. Effects of vanadyl sulfate on carbohydrate and lipid metabolism in patients with non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. Metabolism. 45(9):1130-5.
- Fawcett JP, Farquhar SJ, Walker RJ, Thou T, Lowe G, Goulding A. The effect of oral vanadyl sulfate on body composition and performance in weight-training athletes. Int J Sport Nutr. 6(4):382-90.
- Amano R, Enomoto S, Nobuta M, et al. Bone uptake of vanadium in mice: Simultaneous tracing of V, Se, Sr, Y, Zr, Ru and Rh using a radioactive multitracer. J Trace Elem Med Biol. 1996;10:145-148.