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Because it’s involved in the metabolism of glucose, chromium is needed for energy.
It’s also vital in the synthesis of cholesterol, fats, and proteins.
This essential mineral keeps your blood sugar levels stable and can be helpful for people with diabetes and those with hypoglycemia.
Low chromium levels can be an indication of coronary artery disease.
Additional chromium is needed if you’re pregnant because your fetus increases demand for this mineral.
Chromium supplements can help you keep healthy blood sugar levels during pregnancy.
The average American diet is chromium deficient.
Only 1 in 10 Americans has enough chromium in his or her diet.
There are 5 main reasons for this:
1. The form of chromium in many foods isn’t easily absorbed.
2. Not enough foods with chromium are eaten.
3. Much of the chromium content is lost during processing.
4. Many people don’t like the foods containing the best sources of chromium.
5. High quantities of sugar in your diet cause a loss of chromium from your body.
Researchers estimate 2 out of every 3 Americans have glucose regulation issues.
The ability to keep normal blood sugar levels is jeopardized by a lack of chromium in our soil and water supply and by a diet high in refined white sugar, flour, and junk foods.
Studies have found chromium supplements can improve insulin sensitivity and blood sugar control.
A deficiency of chromium can lead to anxiety, fatigue, glucose intolerance, and an increased risk of arteriosclerosis.
Too much chromium can be associated with dermatitis, gastrointestinal ulcers, and kidney and liver impairment.
No toxicities have been reported and chromium doesn’t have an Upper Limit of Safety(UL).
Like in the movie Erin Brockovich, you can become ill from chromium, but it’s important to note this was a different form of the mineral.
The form obtained through diet is called divalent and the toxic one is hexavalent.
Supplemental chromium is best absorbed by your body when it’s taken in a form called chromium picolinate.
Picolinate enables chromium to readily enter your body’s cells, where it can then help insulin do its job much more effectively.
Chromium picolinate has been used successfully to control blood cholesterol and blood glucose levels.
The NIH funded a study to look at the benefits of chromium picolinate for people with diabetes and heart disease.
Preliminary data shows it lowers blood sugar and cholesterol.
It also promotes the loss of fat and an increase in lean muscle tissue.
Studies show it may increase longevity and help fight osteoporosis.
When combined with biotin, chromium picolinate reduces insulin resistance and reduces “bad” (LDL) cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes.
Chromium polynicotinate (chromium bonded to niacin) is an effective form of this mineral as well.
Chromium is found in the following food sources: Beef, beer, brewer’s yeast, brown rice, cheese, turkey, fish, and whole grains.
It may also be found in dried beans, blackstrap molasses, broccoli, calf liver, chicken, corn and corn oil, dairy products, dried liver, dulse, eggs, green beans, mushrooms, and potatoes.
Herbs containing chromium include catnip, licorice, nettle, oat straw, red clover, sarsaparilla, wild yam, and yarrow.
Athletes have higher chromium requirements than nonathletes.
Chromium levels decrease as you age, starting in your early 40s.
Some smaller studies have confirmed added chromium in your diet can reduce total body fat and increase the percentage of muscle.
If you have insulin-dependent diabetes, you shouldn’t use chromium without the help of your health care practitioner.
Chromium supplements can make insulin work more effectively and reduce insulin requirements.
People with diabetes therefore have to monitor their blood sugar levels very carefully when using chromium.
Chromium requirements differ from person to person; consult your health care provider to find the right amount for you.
Some people experience lightheadedness or a slight skin rash when taking chromium.
If you feel lightheaded, stop taking the supplement and consult your health care provider.
If you develop a rash, either switch brands or discontinue use.
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