What is Chromium? Health Benefits of Chromium
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What is Chromium? Health Benefits of Chromium

What is Chromium? Health Benefits of Chromium. Food Sources of Chromium and Chromium Supplements.

Vitamins and minerals are extremely important for the growth and maintenance of the body. Trace minerals are those which body needs in very small amounts. But even though our body needs only a small portion these minerals, trace minerals play extremely important roles in the development of the body. One can get these trace minerals from the well balanced diet. Besides, supplement of these minerals are also available. Some of the important and major trace minerals are manganese, selenium, iron, copper, molybdenum, chromium, iodine and zinc.

Chromium is a trace mineral responsible for many important health functions. It helps to metabolize carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Chromium plays an important role in sugar balancing and helps in the prevention of diabetes. It chromium plays an important part in cardiovascular health. It reduces low-density-lipoprotein (LDL) or bad cholesterol levels and increases the levels of High-density lipoprotein (HDL) or good cholesterol. Chromium also lowers triglyceride levels.

It is a mineral which is important for good body composition. Regular consumption of chromium helps to lose body fat and improves muscle tone. Chromium is important for preventing certain diseases. Right amount of chromium in the body helps to fight against hypoglycemia, obesity, psoriasis, type 2 diabetes and acne. Chromium can work as an anti-depressant. It gives relief from depression and helps to ease the mood.

There are many food sources of chromium. But it must be noted that body doesn’t absorb chromium very easily and also cooked or processing inhibits the chromium contents. Too much sugar can also be the reason of the depletion of chromium from the body. These are the main reasons of chromium deficiency and especially to those who eat lots of processed foods. According to the studies, only 1 in 10 Americans has an adequate amount of chromium.

Many foods contain chromium but in a very small amount. Therefore, after processing the food, chromium content gets removed significantly. But there are some of the foods which contain very good amounts of chromium. Very good amounts of chromium can be found in onions, romaine lettuce, ripe tomato, cereals, black pepper, mushrooms, oysters and thyme. Tea and coffee contain chromium as well.

Chromium supplements are available as chromium picolinate, chromium polynicotinate, chromium chloride, and chromium-enriched yeast. Chromium supplements can be taken by mouth and also by injection. These supplements can cause blood sugar levels to drop. It is absolutely important to consult healthcare professional before taking chromium supplements.

 

Sources:

http://whfoods.org

http://www.mayoclinic.com

http://www.nutritionalsupplementshq.com/benefits-of-chromium/

http://www.dietary-supplements-guide.com/

http://ag.udel.edu/extension/fnutri/pdf/Nutrition/fnf-21.pdf

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Great info, thank you. Many years ago I had a client that developed a toxic level of chromium due to his excessive consumption of protein bars that contained elevated levels of chromium. The old saying, "Too much of anything can hurt you" held true for sure. Fortunately, he worked closely with his doctor and his doctor identified the issue. I don't see many articles on chromium, I appreciate your time. :)

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