Chromium

What is Chromium?
Chromium is a trace mineral, meaning the body requires it as a nutrient in small amounts relative to other minerals such as calcium and potassium. Chromium’s primary function in the body is to regulate its use of the hormone insulin, which distributes the proper amount of blood sugar to the body for energy production. Chromium is available in several forms including chromium chloride, chromium nicotinate, and chromium picolinate.

What are the health benefits of Chromium?

Given how it stabilizes blood sugar levels, chromium is of particular significance to those who suffer from diabetes or hypoglycemia, and is often used as a dietary supplement for such conditions. It is also thought that chromium helps the body to process carbohydrates and fats, and as such has been used as a weight-loss supplement. Chromium has also been used to treat headaches, low energy, and snoring.

What foods is a good source of Chromium?

Many people’s diets are deficient in chromium, and it can be found in foods such as whole grains, processed meats, cheese, calf liver, and dietary supplements such as brewer’s yeast. It is also available in supplement form.

Where can I find Chromium?

Chromium can be found online, in health food stores, pharmacies, and in the offices of alternative medical practitioners.

Are there any precautions for taking Chromium?
Though information still remains inconclusive, it is not recommended that pregnant women or women that are nursing use certain forms of chromium supplementation. Chromium picolinate, while the most absorbable form of chromium, has drawn attention to itself for its potential harm to kidney and liver function. Information regarding this speculation, however, remains inconclusive.

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