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Chromium General Information
Chromium was recognized as a consistent component of plants and animals by 1948. In 1954, chromium was found to enhance the synthesis of cholesterol and fatty acids from acetate. In 1959, Trivalent (having three bonding sites, such as antigen) Chromium was identified as the active component of the "glucose tolerance factor (GTF)," which may alleviate the impaired glucose tolerance in diets inadequate in chromium. In the 1960s, reports indicated that chromium was involved with blood sugar control.

Chromium is an essential part of the GTF (glucose tolerance factor) molecule. GTF is an important cofactor for insulin in the regulation of blood sugar, which is necessary for proper metabolism.

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Chromium Uses & Scientific Evidence For
Chromium supplementation is used to lower cholesterol and blood glucose levels. This mineral promotes the loss of fat and an increase in lean muscle tissue. Studies have shown it may increase longevity and help fight osteoporosis. Active, athletic people burn more carbohydrates and have higher Chromium requirements than those who are not as active, and as we age Chromium levels decrease in our body which can cause a variety of health concerns. Adding Chromium supplements to the diet can also be helpful for diabetics and those with hypoglycemia.

Chromium is necessary for energy and essential in the synthesis of cholesterol, fats, and proteins. It helps maintain stable blood sugar levels. Additional Chromium is needed during pregnancy because a developing fetus demands an increase in this mineral, and it helps regulate the expectant mother’s blood sugar levels. Only 1 in 10 Americans has an adequate amount of Chromium in their diet. The major reasons for this deficiency is that Chromium is not easily absorbed in the body, people are not consuming enough foods that contain Chromium, and the high quantities of sugar in the diet is causing a loss of Chromium from the body. Chromium can be found in the following food sources: beer, brewer’s yeast, brown rice, cheese, meat, and whole grains. It is also contained in dried beans, blackstrap molasses, calf liver, chicken, corn and corn oil, dairy products, dried liver, dulse (edible red seaweed), eggs, mushrooms, and potatoes. Catnip, horsetail, licorice, nettle, oat straw, red clover, sarsaparilla, wild yam and yarrow herbs contain Chromium as well.

Chromium is generally accepted as an essential mineral that enhances insulin action and thus influences carbohydrate, lipid, and protein metabolism. In August 2005, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allowed a qualified health claim for chromium picolinate. The FDA's ruling was based on the findings that chromium picolinate helps to increase insulin sensitivity in those at high risk for diabetes. Recent studies indicate that chromium picolinate may be helpful for those who have diabetes.

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Chromium Dosage Information
Supplemental Chromium is absorbed best by the body when it is taken in a form called Chromium picolinate, a naturally occurring amino acid metabolite which enables Chromium to enter the body’s cells where the mineral can directly help insulin do its job. Chromium requirements vary from person to person so it is important to consult your physician to determine the amount you should take.

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Chromium Safety & Interaction Information
For those who have insulin-dependent diabetes, do not use Chromium unless prescribed by your healthcare practitioner. A deficiency in this mineral can lead to anxiety, fatigue, inadequate metabolism of amino acids, glucose intolerance, and an increased risk of artherosclerosis. Chromium taken in excessive amounts can lead to toxicity which has been associated with dermatitis, gastrointestinal ulcers, and kidney and liver impairment. Safety in young children, nursing women, or those with severe liver or kidney disease is not known.

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