Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Get the "Skinny" on Chromium

Chromium is involved in the metabolism of glucose and is vital in the breakdown of cholesterol, fats, and proteins.  It maintains stable blood sugar levels through proper insulin utilization. Keeping blood sugar levels normal is important because high levels of either can cause damaging effects on the cells lining the arteries, which can cause circulation problems that may lead to clogged arteries. 

Chromium will reduce blood sugar and insulin levels in people with Type 2 Diabetes. Chromium Picolinate is easily absorbed in the body's cells, and helps prevent sugar cravings and sudden drops in energy, promotes a healthy circulatory system, and has been used as a treatment for migraine headaches, psoriasis and acne. 

Chromium can prevent anxiety and fatigue and is used extensively by athletes and dieters because it promotes fat loss and increases lean muscle tissue.  

Possible Chromium Deficiency Signs:
• Hyperglycemia or Hypoglycemia
• Diabetes
• Arterosclerosis - Heart Disease
• Disturbances in carbohydrate digestion
• Irritability
• Mental Confusion
• Alcohol intolerance
• Nervousness

Foods High in Chromium:
• Beef
• Chicken
• Brewer's yeast
• Seafood
• Oysters
• Potatoes with skins
• Whole grain products

Herbs High in Chromium:
• Stevia is the highest (green, unrefined) concentration
• Hibiscus Flower
• Spirulina
• Oat Straw
• Nettle
• Red Clover

Uses for Chromium in the Body:
• Transports amino acids to heart and liver
• Stimulates glucose utilization (GTF factor) by the body
• Increases resistance to disease

Clinical Uses of Chromium:
• Helps prevent diabetes
• Decreases insulin requirements of the body
• Increases HDL cholesterol
• Suppresses hunger symptoms

Chromium is antagonistic to sugar (partially destroys it).  The body retains only approximately 3% of its Chromium intake.


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