Vanadium: Beautifully Beneficial

Flickr/Kathy Sunderman

Flickr/Kathy Sunderman

Is Vanadium right for you? It seems from its discovery that it was destined to color your health.

Vanadium is a trace mineral originally discovered in the 1800’s in Mexico.

It was named after the Scandinavian goddess of beauty, Vanadis, because of the many beautifully colored compounds it produces.

How does it help? Vanadium has been used for medicinal purposes for many years. Scientists aren’t sure about exact mechanisms, but your body may need vanadium in tiny amounts particularly in relation to normal bone growth.  There is evidence it mimics the effects of Insulin and helps to keep healthy levels of sugar in blood, which has made this supplement a popular choice to support healthy blood sugar levels.

Where do we find it? Vanadium is an essential trace mineral. It is found in nature in the soil and in many foods. The richest sources of this micronutrient are found naturally in sunflower, safflower, corn, mushrooms, shellfish, black pepper and olive oil, as well as buckwheat, parsley, oats, rice, green beans, carrots, cabbage, and dill.

The good news is you don’t need the Scandinavian deity to ensure Vanadium goodness in your diet…you can try a good source supplement! Surely healthy levels of blood sugar will boost your beauty from the inside out!

-Dr. Jackie Miodownik-Aisenberg M.D. PhD – Internist

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