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An essential trace element. It is involved in regulating blood sugar levels and may protect against cancer.


The role of Vanadium on human health is poorly understood, but is thought to be involved in the production of red blood cells, and in tissue growth and fat metabolism.

Deficiency Symptoms

Deficiencies are rare, but high levels of Vitamin C may reduce levels.

At a Glance...

A chemical needed in trace amounts that has a role in the blood system and cholesterol.

Functions Dosage Toxicity Further Information What you need to eat
Vanadium is thought to slow down cholesterol formation and so may prevent heart disease. It reduces blood sugar levels, prevents tooth decay and encourages normal tissue growth and fat metabolism.
There is no RDA, but a suggested intake is about 20 mcg. High levels are toxic.
Toxicity with vanadium is associated with manic depression and supplements should not be taken unless under strict supervision.
Vanadium is involved in many processes but is little understood.
Vanadium is present in whole grains, nuts, root vegetables, liver fish, and is high in lobster and parsley.

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