Chromium is a trace mineral essential for the proper metabolism of cholesterol and glucose (blood sugar), as well as insulin production and regulation.
chromium-description.pngChromium deficiencies have been shown to aggravate and/or contribute to, diabetes, hyper/hypo glycemias, high cholesterol, heart disease, slow metabolism and weight fluctuation. Low intake of chromium is associated with high blood sugar levels, glucose intolerance, and adult onset diabetes, which in many cases is corrected or improved with increased chromium intake.
Chromium decreases insulin resistance and reduces the body's level of triglycerides. It also helps to control obesity and can stimulate weight loss. Proper insulin regulation promotes the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that controls the appetite and curbs sugar cravings.
Analysis has shown that unrefined sugars and grains are rich in chromium and other essential life supporting minerals. When chromium is removed, (during the refining process into white sugar and flour) the human body does not have the element it needs to effectively deal with these two powerful energy sources. The refining of raw sugars and grains gives them a longer shelf life. It also creates foods which strip the body of chromium and other essential minerals necessary for the proper metabolism of these energy foods. Consequently the body must draw on other stores to process the sugar and flour when consumed. This subsequently leads to mineral deficiencies and an inability to deal with the body's other demands for chromium and other minerals.
Chromium works best if it is taken before meals to help stabilize blood sugar. Even if you don't consume much sugar, chromium is necessary because the body treats most refined foods as simple glucose. If you don't immediately burn this glucose for energy, you convert it into FAT! In addition, chromium, which concentrates in the muscles, can help to increase lean body mass and decrease body fat and weight. Chromium improves the uptake of glucose in the body's cells so that it can be metabolized to produce stable energy levels, thus helping to reverse the effects of hypoglycemia.