Chromium is an essential trace mineral occurring in very small amount in the blood and various tissues. It is a mineral that acts directly on cell membrane. It is involved in amino acid transport and breakdown of glycogen and lipids. The amount of chromium in the body decline with age. This decline may contribute to glucose intolerance of the elderly. It has also been found that exercise and a high consumption of sugar increase the bodies need for chromium.
Benefits of Chromium:
- Chromium is very important in order for insulin to function. Insulin is an important hormone that regulates the metabolism of carbohydrates (sugars), fats, and proteins.
- Chromium help prevent hardening and thickening of arteries.
- Adequate use of chromium can dramatically help to form muscles and reduce fat, in addition, it significantly contribute to the reduction of cholesterol and to control the metabolism of blood sugars.
- Chromium helps to increase energy, suppress the desire for sugar and flours, since it causes the existing insulin to work efficiently, which is a good for those people suffering in diabetes.
Chromium and Diabetes: Insulin requires chromium for its proper operation to assure that sugar is efficiently utilized within the cells and thus not accumulate in the blood, as in the case of diabetes.
Symptoms of Deficiency: Lack of chromium in the diet can create problems related to weight control, energy, vigor and muscular development.
Chromium Supplement Dosage: It is recommended to consume from 50 to 200 micrograms of chromium daily.
Food Sources: Good sources of chromium are whole, unprocessed foods, such as whole grains and breads and cereals made with whole grains, wheat germ, and nuts. The richest source is brewer’s yeast.
Other sources: Mushrooms, corn oil, black pepper, beets, liver, beef, chicken, clams and other shellfish.
Chromium Side Effects: Excessive intake of chromium can results in allergic and eczematous dermatitis.
Note: Trace minerals; use only under doctors guidance.