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Chromium & Vanadium (100mcg/25mcg)

By: Natural Factors

UPC Code: 068958016351

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Chromium & Vanadium

 This combination of minerals is especially helpful for people with blood sugar difficulties as both minerals assist in glucose metabolism. Chromium & Vanadium have been reported to help those with Type II diabetes.

Studies on chromium GTF and vanadium have proved so promising that Natural Factors has combined these nutrient into one convenient nutritional supplement. Chromium: is a component of a molecule called Glucose Tolerance Factor that regulates blood sugar levels, making it beneficial for both high and low blood sugar problems. The hormone insulin will not work without chromium. As a ‘master hormone’ insulin regulates much more than blood sugar levels--it also controls fat, protein and energy metabolism, so any insulin imbalance can have far-reaching negative health effects.

When we get enough chromium our sensitivity to insulin is improved and blood sugar levels may become normalized, whereas insufficient chromium may be responsible for hyperglycemia, hypoglycemia, glycosuria and insulin resistance. Chromium does not stimulate the body to make more insulin, rather it makes insulin that is already present work more effectively. Out of 16 well-designed studies on the effect of chromium supplementation on diabetics, 13 studies showed blood glucose improvement with chromium supplementation.

"Chromium in the form of the GTF is released into the blood...whenever there is a marked increase in the blood levels of sugar (glucose) and/or of insulin. Hence, the GTF might be considered to behave like a hormone. It, along with insulin, acts in making it easier for amino acids, fatty acids, and sugars to pass from the blood into the cells of various tissues. It also promotes the metabolism of the nutrients within the cells. Much more insulin is required when GTF is lacking" Ensminger, Ensminger, et al. (eds.) Foods & Nutrition Encylopedia. 2nd ed. 1993. vol. 1. p. 418.

Vanadium: an ultra-trace mineral is found in our body and in a variety of foods. Vanadium seems to help improve blood sugar levels and insulin resistance. Often as people age, their cell receptors sites are not as responsive to their own production of insulin, causing a dangerous rise in blood sugar. This ‘insulin resistance’ is contrasted with type 1 diabetes which is caused by the inability to produce enough insulin. Vanadium and its effect on blood glucose levels has been studied off and on for about 100 years. In 1985 a group of researchers studied the effect of vanadium on diabetic rats. Supplemental vanadium brought their blood glucose to normal. Although there are few studies on vanadium, the results so far are very promising.

Studies show that vanadium may improve glucose tolerance in persons with non-insulin-dependent -diabetes-mellitus (NIDDM). In animal studies, supplemental vanadium also helped to normalize blood sugar levels.

The studies used vanadyl sulfate (VS), a form of vanadium. Eight patients with type 2 diabetes or NIDDM were given 50 mg vanadyl sulfate twice daily for four weeks in this single-blind, placebo-controlled study. After a four-week placebo phase, the results were tallied. "VS administration was associated with a 20% decrease in fasting glucose concentration and a decrease in hepatic glucose output (HGO) during hyperinsulinemia. The improvement in fasting plasma glucose and HGO that occurred during vanadyl sulfate treatment was maintained during the placebo phase...We conclude that vanadyl sulfate at the dose used was well tolerated and resulted in modest reductions of fasting plasma glucose and hepatic insulin resistance." Boden, G. et al. “Effects of vanadyl sulfate on carbohydrate and lipid metabolism in patients with non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus.” Metabolism. Sept. 1996. 45(9):1130-5.






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