Supplement Forms/Alternate Names :

Vanadate, Vanadyl Sulfate


Vanadium is a mineral that is found in humans and animals. It has been used to help control blood glucose and blood pressure. Vanadium can be taken as a pill


There are no advised doses for vanadium.

What Research Shows

Not Enough Data to Assess

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Safety Notes

It is likely safe to take vanadium in small doses for a short time, but high doses can upset digestion or cause liver damage. Not enough studies have been done to say whether it is safe to use for a long period. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should limit their intake of vanadium.B1


Talk to your doctor about any supplements or therapy you would like to use. Some can interfere with treatment or make conditions worse such as:

  • People taking iron supplements should talk to their doctors before taking vanadium. It may interact with the medicine.


A. Diabetes

A1. Yeh GY, Eisenberg DM, et al. Systematic review of herbs and dietary supplements for glycemic control in diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2003 Apr;26(4):1277-1294.

A2. Smith DM, Pickering RM, et al. A systematic review of vanadium oral supplements for glycaemic control in type 2 diabetes mellitus. QJM. 2008 May;101(5):351-358.

B. Safety

B1. Jin S, Xia W, et al. Urinary vanadium concentration in relation to premature rupture of membranes: A birth cohort study. Chemosphere. 2018 Nov;210:1035-1041.

Last reviewed July 2019 by EBSCO NAT Review Board Eric Hurwitz, DC