NUTRITION WHY’S #45: WHY VANADIUM ? Vanadium is a trace element named after a Scandinavian goddess of beauty, youth and luster but it is mostly known for helping control blood sugar by supporting the effects of insulin in the most common form of diabetes which I call “Diabesity” since 95% of people with this common condition have excess body fat and especially excess abdominal fat.

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NUTRITION WHY’S #45: WHY VANADIUM ? Vanadium is a trace element named after a Scandinavian goddess of beauty, youth and luster but it is mostly known for helping control blood sugar by supporting the effects of insulin in the most common form of diabetes which I call “Diabesity” since 95% of people with this common condition have excess body fat and especially excess abdominal fat. Over 400 million people around the world have this condition in which the pancreas cannot put out enough insulin eventually to control blood sugar. This complex situation also involves a cellular resistance to the action of insulin to promote uptake of glucose from the blood. This is where Vanadium could work. Like Chromium it helps insulin stimulate uptake of glucose into the cell by affecting the cell signaling but unlike Chromium it also works to help insulin bind to its receptor, a special protein that floats in the cell membrane. When insulin binds to this protein, it stimulates the production of another protein, a glucose transporter that literally takes glucose from outside the cell into the cell where it can be used for energy. The effects of Vanadium have only been shown in animals, so there is no RDA for Vanadium. The average intake is 20 micrograms per day with an upper intake limit of 1.8 milligrams. Food sources are vegetables like spinach and seafood including oysters. As a supplement, Vanadium is usually sold together with Chromium. For controlling blood sugar, the most important things are Balanced Nutrition and a Healthy Active Lifestyle. During exercise, the muscle takes up glucose independent of insulin.Diabesity doesn’t develop overnight but takes many years before blood sugar rises. So if you have a family history of diabetes, you have an additional reason to have your Protein-Rich Shake and Exercise every day along with a Multivitamin/Multimineral. Trace minerals, help but Balanced Nutrition and Healthy Active Lifestyle are your first steps in getting and staying Healthy!! #drdavidheber #diabetes #multivitamin #minerals to learn more go to www.drdavidheber.com and www.herbalifenutritioninstitute.comi

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