Chromium health

Chromium is an essential trace mineral. It occurs naturally in three different forms with one particular form (chromium III) making up the majority of dietary chromium. The average adult body contains between 0.4 and 6 mg of chromium and older people usually have lower levels. There is a wide geographical variation in chromium levels and population studies suggest that the incidence of diabetes and heart disease is lower in areas where chromium intakes are relatively high.

Chromium healthBenefits

Metabolism

Chromium is essential for normal sugar metabolism. It is a component of a compound called glucose tolerance factor (GTF) which works with insulin to move glucose into cells where it can be used to generate energy. Optimal chromium intake appears to decrease the amount of insulin needed to maintain normal blood sugar.

Insulin also plays a role in fat and protein metabolism, thus chromium is necessary for these processes to occur normally. Adequate chromium intake is essential to maintain healthy cholesterol levels.

 
 
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