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Vanadium, The Nordic Goddess's Mineral

The Little Known Mineral Vanadium, Named for the Goddess Freyja, has many Health Properties

    Vanadium the mineral was discovered in 1801, by Andres Manual Del Rio. The element is named after 'Vanadis', the old Norse name for the Scandinavian goddess Freyja. Vanadium is used in metal manufacturing and it was found to be an essential mineral to humans, in 1971, in very small quantities, thus it is a trace mineral.
     It is said that a deficiency in vanadium can be related to an increased incidence of cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Vanadium is used in the body for growth and fat metabolism. A deficiency in this mineral can be related to an increase in cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Thus it may prove useful in cases of high cholesterol to use chromium and vanadium as a supplement. Vanadium has an impact on the cells that convert fat into co-enzyme A. Co-enzyme A is a helper molecule that activates certain molecules in cells, such as those in the krebs cycle that produce energy, ATP, within the cell. It helps with fatty acid synthesis, and every cell has a fat membrane that is required for communication with other cells and to prevent breaking down. ATP is an important, energy-rich compound that gives fuel and energy for the synthesis of protein and DNA deoxyribonucleic acid, the genetic code needed for cell replication in the body. So it is important in cell growth and repair.
     Vanadium plays a role in the function of the cells of the thyroid and blood sugar. Vanadium is often used in diabetics because it exerts an insulin like effects, that lowers blood sugar. In 200, the journal  called “Metabolism” published a study, involving 16 diabetes patients. After six weeks of treatment with vanadyl sulfate, some patients showed improvements in glucose metabolism and cholesterol levels. However, the small preliminary study did not find that it regulated glucose levels well alone. 
     This trace mineral is used for weight loss. Vanadium may have a positive influence on the blood vessels and liver by blocking cholesterol from being deposited there. This means it may help with fatty liver and atherosclerosis.  Vanadium is useful for healthy bone formation especially in the teeth and the skeleton.  It is also useful for anemia and water retention.
     A  2002 edition of  Critical Reviews in Oncology/Hematology published that laboratory studies on human cells demonstrate that vanadium may help promote programmed cell death involved in stopping the spread of cancer cells. There is some evidence that vanadium may help suppress the growth of cancerous tumors, according to the report. Another possible benefit of taking vanadium supplements is protecting against colon cancer, but this claim is based only on animal studies, notes the University of Maryland Medical Center. According to an article in the journal, Metal Ions in Life Sciences, Feb 5 2018  They write that “some vanadium compounds can combat common markers of cancer, which include metabolic processes that are important to initiating and developing the phenotypes of cancer.” More research is needed on the effects of vanadium in cancer.
     There is not a lot of research on the symptoms of vanadium deficiency however, researchers speculate that they may be high cholesterol, triglycerides, fatty liver, heart disease, faulty blood sugar, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. Drinking a lot of alcohol, smoking or a diet low in vanadium may cause a deficiency. Vanadium is a micronutrient found naturally in mushrooms, shellfish, black pepper, parsley, dill, grain and grain products. Supplementation of vanadium should be done as a trace mineral and if possible after showing a deficiency, through a hair mineral analysis. If supplementing with vanadium use a trace mineral form, not a high dose, because vanadium is not excreted and can be toxic in high doses.