Vanadium is a trace mineral found in mushrooms, shellfish, black pepper, and other natural sources. Vanadium is a known "insulin mimetic," which means it copies some of the effects of insulin and aids in carbohydrate metabolism.*
- Supports healthy glucose management*
- Increases insulin sensitivity*
- Improves insulin's effects*
Vanadium is a trace mineral that acts like an insulin "mimetic," meaning it copies some of the effects of insulin. Chromium is vanadium's physiological partner and acts as an insulin potentiator. Together, they make a formidable force and allow the body to use carbohydrates more efficiently.
This insulin-like interaction increases exercise recovery, athletic endurance, and muscle mass. The mineral duo also supercharges creatine uptake, increasing its muscle-building potential.
The primary dietary sources of vanadium include mushrooms, shellfish, black pepper, and parsley, none of which are in the average lifter's diet. That's why supplementation is wise, particularly in athletes who lose a lot of minerals in their sweat.
Any vanadium supplement you use should be fully "chelated," meaning the mineral has multiple bonds to an amino acid. That ensures an amino-acid chelate that's small enough to pass through the intestine and transported right into the cell.
Mineral formulations that aren't chelated are poorly absorbed and could upset the stomach. In contrast, fully chelated minerals are easily absorbed without fear of stomach upset. They're the best way to ingest vanadium and other essential minerals.
- Sakurai H et al. The therapeutic potential of insulin-mimetic vanadium complexes. Expert Opin Investig Drugs. 2003 Jul;12(7):1189-203.