Vanadium Citrate

 

The variety of possible functions exhibited by citrate in its interactions with vanadium, a metal whose biological relevance is increasingly appreciated, prompted the development of this “Organic Mineral”.
Vanadium Citrate delivers this potential mineral in a safe and more absorbable form, better than any of the inorganic forms.

Research has revealed that inorganic vanadium supplements such as vanadyl sulfate are poorly absorbed and induce gastro intestinal discomfort in humans.

Nutritional Significance of Vanadium

Vanadium belongs to a group of biologically important metals like chromium, iron, cobalt, copper and zinc, which are termed as "transition" elements, and have a natural tendency to form complexes with organic compounds called "coordination compounds" that serve important biological functions. The potential role of vanadium in human health is to mimic insulin action.

The symptoms of deficiency as reported in published research include:

Higher abortions / perinatal mortality

Depressed growth (chickens / rats)

Bone abnormalities (goats and chickens)

Altered thyroid metabolism (rats)

Elevated serum beta-lipoproteins, cholesterol (goats and chickens)

Elevated serum creatinine (goats)

Elevated plasma and bone iron (rats)

Vanadium’s role in managing blood sugar levels and hence diabetes

The Research over the past century, which included pre-clinical laboratory trials and clinical studies, validated that vanadium may activate insulin receptors, and through this effect exert insulin-like action. Both pre-clinical and clinical studies have demonstrated that vanadium has a potential role in the management of both Type I and Type II diabetes. Vanadium's insulin-like behavior seems to improve glucose management in insulin-dependent diabetics. In Type II diabetics, the mineral improves glucose tolerance and lowers blood glucose levels. Vanadium has also been shown to inhibit the production of cholesterol. Thus vanadium supplementation has a potential role in maintaining blood sugar levels in diabetics.

Vanadium compounds are being studied as potentially orally active replacements for insulin.

Nutritional Significance of Citrate

Citrate is a naturally occurring substance in the body, a metabolic product formed at the beginning of the energy cycle. During the tricarboxylic acid cycle, carbohydrates, fatty acids and proteins are broken down to provide energy. Citrate being a "energy rich" moiety, helps to deliver the associated "mineral" nutrients and ensure its ready availability for absorption in the system.

Vanadium citrate is a fully reacted vanadium supplement with potential benefits. Recent research also indicates vanadium has protective role in infections.


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