What You Should Know
Vanadium is a chemical element controversially used by the bodybuilding and weight loss community. Some supplement manufacturers claim Vanadium controls blood glucose levels in the body, but this effect in humans is not associated with Vanadium – rather it is associated with Vanadyl Sulfate. There are no known benefits of taking Vanadium when bodybuilding. Animal studies have proven Vanadium important for growth and reproduction, but these studies have not been replicated in the human population and not all animal studies can be assumed relevant in humans.
List of Ingredients
The element Vanadium was discovered in 1801. The scientist Del Rio had no idea what he had discovered and when a fellow scientist from France claimed it was just chromium, he took the statement on merit. By 1830 another scientist has discovered Vanadium and this time it was given an official name taken from the goddess Vanadis in Scandinavia.
The common uses for Vanadium have nothing to do with weight loss or bodybuilding, though supplements do contain the ingredient. Typically, Vanadium is used to create steel tools and rusts resistant materials. It is also used as a stabilizer for carbide used in steel production.
It is important for dieters to understand that Vanadium is toxic in certain forms and should not be handled by itself. Vanadyl sulfate is a derivative of Vanadium. The ingredient is often included in bodybuilding supplements and touted as a fantastic supplement to take for increased performance, but there are no human trials supporting these claims despite the support from the bodybuilding community.
According to some claims, vanadyl sulfate convinces cells in the muscles to absorb extra glucose instead of fat cells. This gives the muscle more energy and thus improved performance. Along with the glucose, carbohydrates and protein as also pulled into the muscle at a faster rate, according to one bodybuilding website. This makes the muscles feel full which is something bodybuilders like (creatine has the same effect). This effect has nothing to do with weight loss or fat burning, so dieters should think twice about taking a supplement with vanadyl sulfate.
If you choose to take vanadyl sulfate the appropriate dosage is between 30 mg and 50 mg per day. The total dose should not be taken at one time. Rather, split the vanadyl sulfate up into several doses throughout the day taken with food (meals are perfect). If too much vanadyl sulfate is taken it can be toxic to the body. The Food and Drug Administration does not regulate supplements so the instructions on the bottle are provided by a manufacturer that does not have a “big brother” watching over the dosing instructions.
- Not proven to have any effect.
- Vanadium is toxic.
Dieters have no reason to take Vanadium or vanadyl sulfate. Products containing these ingredients can be toxic if taken in larger than suggested doses.