Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Whole Food Experiment: Vanadium

What is it? Vanadium is a trace mineral that aids in insulin's ability to move glucose into cells.

Recommended daily intake: No more than 1.8mg (though there does seem to be some conflicting information on this--definitely talk to your doctor or dietitian if you are taking vanadium supplements).

Whole Food Sources:

  • Dill Weed
  • Parsley
  • Black Pepper
  • Mushrooms
  • Olives
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Shellfish

Disclaimer (because this is America): I am not a dietitian or a physician. I am a diabetic armed with a giant book called Prescription for Nutritional Healing (Phyllis A. Balch, CNC, 2010) and access to a whole slew of nutritional websites. I experiment on myself constantly, but that does not mean you should. Unless, of course, your doctor says its ok.

Helpful sources for vanadium information: livestrong.com, vitalhealthzone.com, UMM.com 

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