The important trace mineral, chromium, has been found to play a significant role in many body processes, including glucose and lipid metabolism.
Its uses are varied yet the value of chromium lies in its ability to metabolize glucose (simple sugar). As an integral part of the glucose tolerance factor, chromium increases the effectiveness of insulin moving glucose from the blood into the cells. With today’s refined diet the importance of regulating blood sugar levels cannot be overemphasized.
Because the body requires only minute amounts of this trace mineral, deficiencies are hard to measure and easy to overlook. It may take several years before clear signs of deficiency surface enough to be measured. By that time diabetes, hypoglycemia, atherosclerosis, fatigue, weight problems, high cholesterol levels or lipid metabolism problems may have been experienced.
Natural dietary sources include whole grains, broccoli, barley, brewer’s yeast, clams, eggs and liver. It is quite common for people to have low body stores of chromium. This is due in part to the fact that plant foods are grown in deficient soils and nearly all processed foods are chromium deficient. Also consuming refined sugars and refined carbohydrates quickly uses up our reserves. Many North American studies have demonstrated that most normal diets do not even contain 50mcg. on a daily basis. Increasing stress levels, strenuous exercise, high refined diets and trauma all lead to chromium depletion in the body, making supplementation a necessity for optimal health.
Dieters have used chromium to control their craving for sugar and other refined carbohydrates. Bodybuilders can use chromium to aid in the growth of muscles and lean body mass. Diabetics may use chromium for proper blood sugar metabolism. The elderly might consider using chromium for controlling cholesterol levels and improved memory.
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