Friday, April 1, 2011

What is Chromium?

 Lately I have been doing a lot of research on diabetes. I became obsessed with it after my aunt died a couple years ago because of it. Type 2 Diabetes runs in my family and I recently found out a couple of my friends suffer from it also. Through my research I stumbled across a supplement called Chromium.

Chromium is a mineral the we require in trace amounts. It is known to enhance the action of the hormone insulin which is critical in the metabolism and storage of fats, carbohydrates, and protein in the body.

Chromium is found in our food supply but only in small amounts (2 micrograms per serving) because of the way our food is processed. Foods high in simple sugars like fructose and sucrose are extra low in chromium.

Chromium deficiency impairs the body's ability to use glucose to meet its energy needs and raises insulin requirements. It has therefore been suggested that chromium supplements might help to control type 2 diabetes or the glucose and insulin responses in persons at high risk of developing the disease.

As with any supplement you should consult your doctor before taking a Chromium supplement, especially if you’re taking medication.

This table will show you some of the affects chromium will have if taken with certain medications.

1 comment:

  1. Chromium picolinate can have many beneficial results when supplemented. It enhances insulin's effect in the body, improving the uptake of glucose, thereby causing better blood circulation and maintenance of blood sugar level. Chromium Mineral