Potential Benefits: Chromium has been found to be one of the most important minerals in the body. It is a key element in the metabolism of carbohydrates and proteins, and promotes muscle tone. It stimulates cholesterol and fatty acid synthesis, which is needed for brain function and other processes.
Chromium is especially vital for metabolism of glucose, and for maintaining blood sugar balance, due to its role in the formation of a compound known as GTF (Glucose Tolerance Factor). GTF enhances the function of insulin to push glucose from blood into cells, where it can be used for energy.
Studies show that chromium supplementation may improve glucose tolerance in those with Turner's Syndrome. It also reduces symptoms of menopause sufferers.
Description: Chromium is one of the trace minerals needed in very small amounts by the body. It cannot be made in the body, and must be obtained from the diet or supplements. Chromium in food is susceptible to damage by commercial food processing.
In many cases much of the chromium is lost during refining. For instance, chromium in whole grains is found mainly in its bran and germ. When grains are milled into flour, the bran and germ are removed, leading to inevitable loss of the chromium.
Potential Side Effects: There have been rare cases of liver and kidney damage due to excessive intake of chromium picolinate supplement.
Potential Interaction: People with kidney or liver disease may be more vulnerable, and should avoid very high intake of chromium above recommended doses, as a precaution.
Chromium taken in extremely high amounts can accumulate in tissue and impair rather than enhance the effectiveness of insulin. It can also irritate the stomach and cause rapid heartbeat, light-
General Usage: May be taken daily.
Food Sources: Alfalfa, Almonds, Apples, Bananas, Beer, Brewer’s Yeast, Brown Rice, Broccoli, Carrots, Cheese, Dried Beans, Egg Yolks, Grapes, Green Beans, Green Peppers, Liver, Meat (Beef, Chicken, Turkey) Molasses, Mushrooms, Oats, Onions (raw) Oranges, Oysters, Potatoes, Romaine Lettuce, Spinach, Tomatoes, Wheat germ, Whole Grains.
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