Chromium

What is it?

Chromium is a trace mineral, its functions include insulin regulation and blood sugar control and cholesterol regulation.

Function How it helps
Blood sugar regulation

It helps to increase the sensitivity of cell receptors to insulin, increasing the efficiency of blood glucose metabolism.

Cardiovascular health. Reduces levels of cholesterol and triglycerides benefitting those at risk of cardiovascular disease.
Weight control Chromium supplementation can increase the rate of fat loss where obese individuals suffer from Syndrome X, insulin resistance.
Sports nutrition As well as its influence on transporting sugar into cells, insulin also facilitates the entry of amino acids into muscle cells, increasing the rate of lean muscle gain and fat loss.
Skin health Although evidence is limited, chromium supplementation may improve acne in many patients, presumably by helping normalise the glucose tolerance in skin cells.
Anti-ageing Blood sugar that is not efficiently metabolised can lead to glycosylation. Glycosylation is the process whereby sugars attach to proteins (such as collagen) and damage their structure. There is evidence that glycosylation can significantly damage cells and essential bodily compounds, while accelerating the ageing of body tissues and organs. Chromium has been shown to reduce glycosylation by facilitating blood glucose metabolism,

 

What is it used for?
Blood sugar control

Non-insulin dependent diabetes

Slowing the ageing process

Borderline diabetes

Cravings for sugar and refined carbohydrates

Acne

Weight control

High triglycerides

High cholesterol

 

Best food sources
Brewers yeast Whole wheat Nuts
Beans Sunflower seeds Egg yolk
Cereals Mollasses

 

Deficiency Symptoms

Insulin resistance

Poor glucose tolerance

High blood sugar

Non-insulin dependant diabetes

Hypoglycaemia

High triglycerides

High cholesterol

Cardiovascular disease

Fatigue

Supplementation dosage range

100-500ug per day

Other information

Chromium should only be supplemented in the trivalent form.

Cautions

  • Insulin dependent diabetics should not take chromium supplements unless on the advice and under the strict monitoring of a doctor, as the chromium may increase the drug’s effect and lead to dangerous drops in blood sugar.

  • Non-insulin dependent diabetics taking diabetic medication other than insulin should only take chromium supplements on the advice and under the strict monitoring of a doctor.

  • Non-medicated, non-insulin dependent diabetics patients should only take chromium supplements on the advice and under the monitoring of a doctor.

  • Individuals with hypoglycaemia should only use chromium supplements on the advice and under the monitoring of a qualified healthcare practitioner. Some hypoglycaemics will experience severe drops in blood sugar as a result of chromium supplementation.

  • Yeast-derived chromium supplements should not be used by patients taking monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors unless on the advice and strict monitoring of a doctor. Yeast-free chromium supplements can be used as an alternative. It has been reported that if taken in the evening, chromium may lead to more vivid and colourful dreams and a reduced need for sleep.

 

 

Factors which deplete levels, impair absorption and/or inhibit activity:

Refined carbohydrates

Phytates in cereal grains

Calcium carbonate containing medications and supplements

Sugar

White flour

Antacids

Lack of exercise

 

 

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