Friday, June 8, 2018

Natural Water Containing Vanadium

Is vanadium water going to be hype soon?

Vanadium is a metal, that oxidates quickly and it’s used as an alloy with steel. Vanadium pentoxide is used as a catalyst for the production of sulfuric acid [1]. Only metallic vanadium is rare in nature. Vanadium compounds occur in quite a lot of different minerals. Vanadium is nearly as common as copper or zinc.

Seawater has a high concentration of vanadium. Water from springs around Mount Fuji contains as much as 54 μg per liter. Amanita muscaria, AKA fly amanita, contains amavadin of which the biological function is still unknown, but maybe it serves as a toxin for protection of the mushroom [2].
It is still not known, if vanadium is essential human nutrition. “The Tolerable Upper Intake Level (UL) of dietary vanadium, beyond which adverse effects may occur, is set at 1.8 mg/day.”

There had been a study on Mount Fuji water and the effects on diabetes mellitus [3]. “In the clinical studies, the levels of blood glucose and serum HbA1C of hyperglycemic patients were significantly reduced by three month consecutive treatment of this Mt. Fuji ground water”, but the effect was only seen in patients, who believed in the effect. The study has been publishe in Japanese. I haven’t seen any notion on how many humans were on the study. Also the study mixes date obtained from a study on mice with a study on humans. The authors concluded: “Thus both animal and human studies suggest that the daily treatment with Mt. Fuji ground water containing natural vanadium is useful for the regulation of blood glucose levels and the improvement of QOL to the hyperglycemia patients due to the improvements of glucose transporter and the insulin receptor and so on. However it might be little difficult to expect the significant improvement of the severe conditions of diabetes mellitus by the consecutive treatment of natural vanadium water, since this ground water is good as a supplement.” I’m not quite sure what the authors want to tell us.

I’ve also seen a review article [4]: “A systematic review of vanadium oral supplements for glycaemic control in type 2 diabetes mellitus”. “The authors concluded that there was no good evidence that oral vanadium supplementation improved glycaemic control in diabetes and so the routine use of vanadium could not be recommended; … .”

I don’t know if there’s going to be a hype on vanadium water, but as to a scientific basis – I’ve found none. But that won’t keep people from telling you, that you need an expensive dietary supplement.



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