Many of us have heard of chromium for blood sugar control, but how many think of vanadium? Like chrominum it has been found to help regulate sugar in the body naturally by acting in a similar way to insulin. While studies have shown that vanadium is helpful for metabolic syndrome it may not be beneficial for diabetics. It has also been found to participate in fat metabolism and energy production. It may also inhibit the formation of cholesterol.
It isn’t easy to find vanadium. Most vitamin/mineral pills don’t include it. General recommendations are for 20-30mg a day although there is no established RDA for it. Here are some sources:
Shellfish, especially lobster
Some of the “living” vitamin and mineral products contain vanadium.