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Vanadium Usage

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Therapeutic Uses

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.


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.


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