by Dr. Lawrence Wilson

October 2014, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.


All information in this article is for educational purposes only.  It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.


Vanadium is a female, alkaline-forming, ultra-trace mineral.  We can call it the constant mineral because it tends to have a calming and steadying effect on the body, the mind and especially certain spiritual aspects of a human being.

Vanadium has a valence of -4 in most chemical reactions.  It is involved in blood sugar regulation, oxygenation of the body, and perhaps other body functions, although these are not well understood at this time.  Vanadium is important in the animal body, where it is needed for growth and development.  This may be the case with human beings, as well.




Sardines, kelp and some organic root vegetables are excellent sources of biologically active vanadium.  Whole grains such as blue corn, wheat, rice, rye and others are also very helpful to balance the energy of vanadium in the body.  Fish and seafood also contain some, but are not recommended due to their mercury content at this time in history.




Vanadium can enhance oxygenation of the tissues, and by so doing help to increase sugar-handling capability and disease-fighting ability.  It can also help the liver and the arteries to function better.

Vanadium also has effects upon the lungs, hypothalamus, thymus, liver, spleen and bone marrow, in particular.  All of these have an effect upon oxygenation directly or indirectly.






Too much vanadium can cause conjunctivitis, pneumonia, anemia and irritation of the respiratory tract.  It may also cause dizziness, impaired energy, vertigo, anxiety and sadness or melancholy feelings.  It can also cause blindness, tremors, a dry, hacking cough and neurological problems, as well.




Vanadium is used principally to make steel alloys.  Vanadium adds toughness, strength and durability to steel manufacture.  It has some similar effects on the human body.




Vanadium supplements are sold to assist with sweet cravings, diabetes and hypoglycemia.  I do not use them because vanadium supplements are a little toxic.  I prefer to use food sources.

One should not need supplements if one eats correctly.  Obtaining enough biologically active vanadium is an important reason why blue corn and three or four cans of sardines are highly recommended for everyone on a nutritional balancing program.




Vanadium prepares a person for a longer life.  It is important for the regeneration of certain tissues and for what is called on this website mental or spiritual development.  It is a very protective element that can help see one through to the other side of a long and healthy lifespan.




Some laboratories read vanadium on a hair mineral analysis.  Analytical Research Labs does not read this mineral at this time.  I hope they will do so in the future, although it is not too important to know the value of it to design a nutritional balancing program, at least not at this time (2014).


An amigo.  Vanadium can be and often is in the form of an oxide or amigo in the bodies today.  This is a somewhat toxic and irritating form of the metal. This form will be removed from the body with a complete nutritional balancing program.  It may take several years to do this, but it is worth the effort.  For more on this topic, please read Iron, Manganese and Aluminum – The Amigos on this site.


Potassium levels and vanadium elimination.

A possible indicator of vanadium elimination is that the hair potassium level may decrease by up to 10 times or more on a retest when vanadium elimination occurs.  When this occurs, a person may experience severe anxiety until the body chemistry rebalances.  This is because the somewhat toxic oxide form of vanadium was stabilizing the nervous system. 

The sodium/potassium ratio will elevate during this elimination as the potassium level decreases a lot.  One may need to increase zinc supplementation at this time to balance the sodium/potassium ratio. 

Zinc may also replace the somewhat toxic oxide form of vanadium.  This has to do with the theory of preferred minerals, discussed on this website.



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