Health Benefits Of Chromium

Health Benefits Of Chromium
18.12.2023

Chromium is an essential trace mineral the body needs for normal growth, metabolism, maintenance of normal blood glucose levels, diabetes control, heart health, brain health, and weight management. 

It also helps protect DNA from damage, thus reducing cell mutations that can lead to various chronic diseases such as cancer. In addition, it is associated with cardiovascular health and longevity because it supports the metabolism of fats, proteins, carbohydrates, and other nutrients. 

Food Sources

Chromium is naturally present in various unrefined whole foods, such as brewer’s yeast, broccoli, vegetable salads, potatoes or whole grains. 

Other sources include grapes, garlic, basil, grass-fed beef, oranges, turkey, green beans, red wine, apples and bananas. 

Unfortunately, the amount of chromium in the source of food greatly depends on the quality of soil, which in most cases is depleted of minerals. 

Deficiency

Deficiency is most often associated with sugar cravings. In this case, it is suggested to take about 200 mcg as it is used in insulin regulation and is important for balancing blood sugar levels thus helping reduce sugar cravings. 

Other symptoms of deficiency include poor blood glucose control, weak bones, fatigue, poor skin health, an increased risk of high cholesterol and cardiovascular diseases, low concentration and poor memory, bad eye health, mood changes, changes in appetite and weight and stunted growth and development. 

Some experts believe that deficiency today is universal and becomes worse with age. We are witnessing an epidemic of ailments related to chromium deficiency. Health conditions such as diabetes, hypoglycaemia, elevated cholesterol levels, fatigue and sugar cravings. 

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On the other hand, deficiency in western countries is rare as chromium is present in whole wheat products and western diets typically consist of refined carbohydrates. 

Health Benefits

  • Helps insulin attach to cell’s receptors, increasing glucose uptake into the cell (promoting glucose metabolism)
  • Assists in losing weight and building lean muscles by reducing sugar cravings and enhancing metabolism
  • Plays a role in heart health and managing high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure
  • Supports the nervous system, promotes a good mood and benefits cognitive function
  • Useful for skin, bone and eye health 

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