Published May 17, 2014
What is chromium?
Chromium is a trace mineral that’s particularly important in maintaining steady blood glucose (blood sugar) levels. It can also be useful in keeping cholesterol in check.
Why your body needs chromium
Chromium can help to regulate glucose levels. It can also improve the efficiency the body’s natural blood glucose stabilizer. It can help increase lean muscle mass. It can also help battle irritability and fatigue, because it helps the cells in the body to meet your energy needs more effectively. Chromium also has the ability to help maintain healthy cholesterol levels for heart health.
Dietary sources of chromium
Good sources of chromium include brewer’s yeast, oysters, liver, potatoes, seafood, whole grains, cheese, meat and bran. As the refining process removes crucial chromium from grains, choose unrefined whole grains where possible.
Eating mainly processed foods, refined carbohydrates, or simply living in an environment where levels in the food chain are low could mean you lack sufficient chromium. Although your body needs just a small amount, only a fraction of the chromium in our diet is absorbed. Pregnancy, infection, stress and even strenuous exercise can also contribute to low chromium levels. In this case, you may benefit from a regular chromium supplement.
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