Vanadium (V)

Vanadium (V) is a blood sugar nutrient, and it has direct effects on thyroid metabolism and insulin production. V assists in the regulation of sodium and potassium.

Food sources of V are:

  1. liver
  2. fish
  3. radishes
  4. nuts
  5. natural vegetable oils

Excess V can have toxic effects on the body, and over supplementation should be monitored; it is recommended to have a hair analysis done to check V levels. Excess levels in the body can result from chronic consumption of the following seafood derived from waters near offshore oil rigs:

  1. fish
  2. shrimp
  3. crab
  4. oysters

Industrial/environmental sources of V include:

  1. processing of mineral ores
  2. phosphate fertilizers
  3. combustion of oil and coal
  4. production of steel
  5. chemicals used in the fixation of dyes and print

Symptoms of V toxicity vary with the chemical form and route of absorption, but include:

  1. respiratory irritation and bronchitis
  2. decreased appetite
  3. depressed growth
  4. diarrhea/GI disturbances
  5. renal failure

Early signs of V excess include:

  1. green tongue
  2. diarrhea
  3. paleness of the skin

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